August 2006
Late last month, GPN broke the news about plans for a new branding strategy at Home Depot. (You can find an abbreviated version of that story on page 8 and the full version online at www.gpnmag.com in the news archive.)...
Ask any group of growers how their spring growing seasons were and you usually get many different answers. But this year you would be amazed at how similar their answers really are. Every grower is different, but their...
New cut flowers are fun to look at in the catalogs, research on the Internet and discuss with fellow growers. Expectations are high when the seed or plugs first arrive. Of course, a few cultivars fall by the wayside during...
Fuel prices are again, you should pardon the expression, a hot topic. This past heating season was relatively mild, but growers still experienced fuel-cost increases of 50 percent or greater, and this summer has seen fuel...
For three years, we have been working with Northwest Ohio greenhouse growers to help them organize as an industrial cluster. Simply put, cluster-based economic development (CBED) consists of people working together to...
It used to be that poinsettia crops had relatively few pest problems, among them greenhouse whitefly and fungus gnats. I have also seen two spotted spider mite, citrus mealybug and brown soft scale on poinsettias, but only...
Cultural control is often recommended as a strategy to avoid insect, mite and disease problems. Cultural control involves properly implementing irrigation and fertility practices and sanitation, including timely weed, plant...
In recent years, heuchera, tiarella and heucherella have become incredibly popular in landscapes. All of them are closely related and belong to the Saxifragaeae family. Commonly referred to as foamy bells, heucherella...
In these times of ever-increasing energy costs, growers are looking for crops to fill their benches without emptying their wallets. The quest by retailers and consumers for colorful and hardy season extenders has been an...