December 2008
Last month, GPN’s managing editor, Paige Worthy, and I spent several days on buses with 70 garden center owners and operators, growers and other industry professionals, traveling around the Philadelphia/Baltimore/Washington...
Times are uncertain. The financial markets are in crisis. Competition in the U.S. greenhouse industry has become fierce. Rising energy costs have made energy a much more significant cost for heating and shipping than ever...
November 01, 2009
Building a new greenhouse is full of challenges and — when done right — rewards. Retailer/grower/landscaper Mulhall’s shares its journey from beginning to end. The tagline “Mulhall’s has it all!” is fitting for the Nebraska-...
In the olden days, growers grew the plants, and it was the retailers’ responsibility to figure out how to sell them to the end consumer. Once you delivered the plants, your job was done. Life was simple and relatively easy....
Pesticides — in this case, insecticides and miticides — are used primarily to control arthropod pests encountered in greenhouse production systems. These include greenhouse whitefly, sweet potato whitefly B biotype, green...
Sustainability and organics are buzzwords that come up over and over. It’s a great concept: health of planet, preserving resources, protecting future generations. But at the end of the day, can you make money doing the right...
November 12, 2008
These exciting caladium varieties were bred to withstand the heat and sun. They have performed extremely well in university trials and are suited for pots, baskets and landscape plantings. Strap-leaf caladium varieties as a...
Q Are there any foreseeable problems tank mixing an IGR with another class of insecticide? A There is some debate about the pros and cons of tank mixing, but here are my thoughts on the subject. First, the main reason to...
Many growers are looking for a perennial that is easy to produce and provides a bright, cheerful display of color to supplement their early- to mid-season product lines. Geum ‘Cooky’ is a great perennial for early sales and...
A greenhouse grower in Florida recently wrote to me with the following question, which I thought would be a great topic for an article. He wrote: “We want to adjust our day/night temperatures to try to save on fuel this...
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