August 2007
Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its most recent report on floriculture crops. The entire 115+ page report, “Floriculture Crops 2006 Summary,” is a very comprehensive statistical...
Believe it or not, it’s already time to begin thinking about height-control options for your poinsettia crops. Today’s poinsettia growers have many plant growth retardants (PGRs) and application methods to choose from to...
As I sat on my front porch watching the “snow fall” of ash from the Florida wildfires this past May, it seemed very appropriate to write an article on drought tolerance. There’s nothing like the smell of wildfire smoke to...
Each year during California Pack Trials, new varieties for the upcoming year are introduced to the industry. They almost always look good, thanks (in part) to a great climate. What’s unknown is how they will perform across...
Who decided to have Valentine’s Day in February? Obviously, it was not a cut flower grower since growing flowers in the dead of winter is a daunting task. Many of the winter and early spring flowers available for sale were...
Captivating containers, enlightening educational sessions, bustling booths, terrific tours and other dazzling displays were all highlighted at the 2007 Southeast Greenhouse Conference. This year, the Southeast Greenhouse...
In 1955, if growers had any controls at all, they used thermostats. In the 21st century, thermostats are still a rugged, reliable choice but time and technology have brought other options to the greenhouse. Today’s...
Q Why should I use PGRs on my herbaceous perennials and how do I get started? A Plant growth regulators (PGRs) can enhance the appearance, quality and salability of your herbaceous perennials just like they do in the color...
Through plant selection and breeding efforts, the previous perception of mullein, formerly only recognized as a weed, is gradually changing as gardeners, landscapers and growers are beginning to recognize mullein as...
The Balloon series consists of medium-height dahlias with very large balloon-like flowers. Bred by Kieft Seeds, the Balloon series is available in four bright colors. The dahlias may be grown in containers ranging in size...
Poinsettias can be one of the most challenging plants to propagate, especially when done during the warm temperatures and high light intensities of summer. Successful propagation of cuttings helps ensure a more uniform...