December 2007
I have spent quite a bit of time in the past couple of months visiting large and small growers and grower/retailers across the United States to find out how their 2007 has been and what they foresee in 2008. As mentioned in...
The total outdoor watering ban implemented in 61 counties in northern Georgia is forcing Charmar Flowers, based in Athens, to close its doors after 36 years. (Photo: Charmar Flowers) For Charmar Flowers, a grower and...
Growers are fortunate that plants are adaptable to a wide range of media combinations and properties. Every crop cannot be grown in the ideal mix under the same roof. A grower cannot be expected to have dozens of mixes for...
Sunbreak Nursery had a problem: a shallow well that had been used for more than 100 years was running dry. Owner and operator Rick Wright had to abandon the old well and begin digging a new one, but soon after he began using...
Q Can’t I just trap out my fungus gnats with yellow sticky tape? A Good question — and I get it a lot, as I’m sure my colleagues do, too. I think we are in agreement that if the population of gnats is low, yellow sticky tape...
Weeks after the fires cooled, their footprint remains in the charred terrain, like these desolate hills in Fallbrook. (Photo: San Diego County Farm Bureau) The almost two dozen wildfires that raged through parts of...
Growers have been using capillary mats for about 75 years. Initially, they were made of different types of fibrous wool or cotton, and more recently, they’ve been produced from synthetic fibers such as fiberglass...
As a preface, let me make a few points very clear. I believe that: as good stewards of the earth, growers need to be caretakers of our resources, including water, soil and air. as good human beings, we need to ensure that...
Bellefleur is a showy, well-branched perennial that is ideal for production in 5-inch or smaller containers. The series currently contains two colors, ‘Bellefleur Blue’ and ‘Bellefleur White’, which both produce compact,...
Klahanie hibiscus are a vegetative, florist-quality hibiscus. They are “own root” hibiscus that produce huge flowers in a wide variety of colors. Many of the varieties have double or semi-double flowers. Northern Innovators...
There are numerous bedding plants and herbaceous perennials that flower earlier when provided with long days. For many long-day floriculture crops, the photoperiod is naturally short until mid-April. Therefore, for early...