August 2008
August 2008
I recently read an article in Advertising Age magazine about the changing face of today’s consumer. According to this article, that face currently has a few more wrinkles on it, and smart growers and retailers in our...
Fire and ice. Black and white. Yin and yang. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. History shows a long-running fascination with contrasts, and now the growing community has one of its own. But Riverview Flower...
The issues of labor and immigration have been on the minds of leading growers for years. Now, the illegal immigration debate is mainstream and red hot. It is difficult to pick up a newspaper or turn on the evening news or...
Carrefour, the world’s second- largest retailer after Wal-Mart, is cutting prices in an attempt to win back customers. Along with the price reductions, Carrefour is also reducing internal costs to further counter rising...
Our objective in using PGRs on poinsettias is to control height with minimum effects on bract size. As a general rule, all PGR applications reduce poinsettia bract size compared to plants grown without PGRs. We rarely want...
In the past few issues, we have reviewed the meaning of sustainability, defined the various certification programs currently available and debated the benefits and liabilities of attaining certification in one of these...
Heat delay refers to high temperatures that cause poinsettia crops to develop color and reach a saleable stage of development later than scheduled. In the worst situations, crops can be two to three weeks delayed, but even a...
Cytokinins are plant hormones that plants produce naturally and regulate plant growth, including cell division and leaf senescence. There are several commercial plant growth regulators (PGRs) that contain benzyladenine (BA...
Most visitors to eastern Long Island are surprised to see so much agriculture here and how beautiful it is, expecting to see miles of shopping malls and housing developments. While I can’t say it is pastoral in the sense of...
In today’s competitive markets, just being able to produce high-quality plants and flowers does not mean that you can market them for a price that covers your costs. The fact that no one else is producing a particular...
Perennials continue to be an increasingly popular trend at the retail level, but perennial production poses different challenges than annual production, especially for inexperienced growers. To succeed with perennials,...
January 13, 2012
From rising stars to surprising career twists, we catch up with the nine GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship winners. Alot can happen in almost a decade. For our GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship winners — dating...
Rather than cutting spending and reducing budgets, some retailers are expanding their promotional efforts in an attempt to stand out from the crowd, grab market share and emerge from the economy’s slump in better shape than...
What a great question: “Remember when?” I like to put that in the same group as the “good old days.” When you have the chance to read this edition of Big Grower, the end of summer 2008 will be fast approaching. As I left the...
Sales teams at small companies are often outmanned or outspent by larger competitors. Whether it’s expensive seats at sports and entertainment events or just more staff and newer technology, bigger businesses seem to have an...
During a time of heightened debate over immigration reform and increased accountability on business owners, the immigration issue is hitting everyone close to home. Hear what other big growers had to say about how this...
Q Is Configure effective in promoting branching of perennials other than hosta and echinacea? A We are getting this question a lot this summer. The short answer is “yes.” We have done some screening trials this year with a...
Summer gardens are incomplete without the presence of agastache. Few perennials provide such a stunning display of long-lasting color. ‘Raspberry Summer’, a recent introduction from Terra Nova Nurseries, produces an...
Growing a good poinsettia crop is challenging enough without having to worry about production input costs. However, with fuel prices up once again, it is even more important to limit how much energy is consumed during the...
The unique, mounding, spreading habit makes Endurio a versatile and profitable cool-season crop for growers, retailers, landscapers and home gardeners. Endurio viola is perfectly designed for autumn, winter and spring basket...
The GPN staff just returned from a very successful OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio. The overall mood at the show was upbeat. This has been a pretty crazy year, with unpredictable weather and a struggling economy having...
If you Google “CowPots,” you won’t get “Did you mean: cowpats” anymore. CowPots, produced by the Freund Family farm in the rolling hills of western Connecticut, have gained national recognition as an environmentally friendly...
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