December 2005
We’ve all heard how the life cycle for floriculture products is changing. Products used to have five or more years to conquer and rule a category; now, many argue, that time is closer to three years. If you’ve ever wondered...
Late last year, researchers identified a strain of whitefly, Bemisia tabci Q biotype, previously undocumented in the United States. Because Q biotype has been associated with whitefly control problems in Spain, Israel,...
Good news: Santa Claus does exist after all! Jim Bethke, working with Frank Byrne and Rick Redak, all of the University of California, Riverside, has written an article (see page 18) you must read. Their research, supported...
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was established to respond to requests by the Q biotype Whitefly Taskforce for technical information. The following are the marching orders given to the TAC by the Whitefly Taskforce....
Humidity levels in the greenhouse can be as important to growers as temperature. The problems associated with high humidity are well known: water dripping off the roof and walls and a high incidence of Botrytis, powdery...
Because many of the suppliers participating in pay by scan (PBS) programs contractually (at the insistence of the retailers they have partnered with) cannot speak publicly or openly about this program, it’s difficult to draw...
Controlling plant height of bedding plants can be one of the biggest challenges for greenhouse growers, especially when trying to produce containers or hanging baskets that contain more than one plant species. One new...
I remember as a child going to variety trials with my mother and father, as bedding plants were the backbone of our small family greenhouse business. It was an adventure to travel the four hours from Pittsburgh to State...
Coleus is a versatile annual that has been in the industry for a long time and is valued by many consumers for its brightly colored foliage, rapid growth rate and superior performance in landscapes and containers. Coleus...
Platycodons, or balloon flowers, are commonly used as attractive, versatile and showy perennials in today’s gardens. They are utilized by gardeners and landscapers as accent plants, border plants and potted houseplants and...
While there is probably a machine available to solve each greenhouse need from irrigation to pinching, some growers choose to invent their own means of handling certain operations. When this happens, products you might...
Perlite is volcanic lava widely used as growing media for many horticultural crops, including greenhouse tomatoes. The original rock found in nature is crushed to small pieces and heated to approximately 2,000° F to force...
Ironically, I had no idea what a county agent was until I actually became one. And it turns out, as evidenced by continuous federal and state budget cuts, the majority of the population is wondering what extension agents...
The first week of November I had the opportunity to visit Holland and attend Horti Fair, the biggest trade show in the world for our industry. In addition, I toured some greenhouses, retail garden centers and, of course,...
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