February 2005
Although traditionally considered an exercise for larger companies, business plans today are strategic tools not only for obtaining financing, but for forming alliances, recruiting key employees and managing external...
The National Poinsettia Trials, sponsored by the poinsettia breeders, were established to provide an independent evaluation of the many new cultivars that are introduced every year. In years like this, it’s obvious why...
Sure enough, if you wait long enough all the old plants come around new again. The good old spike dracaena (Cordyline australis) will be making its come back soon as well. It may even be a little too early to find a lot of...
After attending the Hardlines Technology Forum in April 2004, I realized that a major restructuring of the behind-the-scenes processes used by mass market retailers was already well underway, but I didn’t know how quickly...
Just before the first of the year, a much-anticipated press release reached our office. Denmark, Wis.-based Floral Plant Growers (FPG), one of the only successful investor-owned companies in the industry, had been sold. We...
Managing insect and mite pests on ornamental plants is no longer just a matter of using the same pesticides that you’ve always relied on. A large array of biological and biorational pest management options are now available...
In 2004, 23 new cultivars were in the National Poinsettia Trials for the first time, and they should be available in 2005. The following descriptions of these cultivars are based on how the cultivars performed in our trials...
With spring season nearly upon us (or in full swing for those growers far south and west), everyone is getting extremely busy taking care of all those crops in the greenhouse. Days are full of transplanting, watering, moving...
With many new selections of pulmonaria available today, lungwort is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Pulmonaria ‘Polar Splash’ is one of the latest releases to hit the market. ‘Polar Splash’ offers perhaps the most...
At this time of year, growers of plugs and liners are running into two old friends of production — fungus gnats and shoreflies. I’m being facetious in referring to these pests as friends. Of course, most growers know that...
This year, we changed the way the recommended cultivars are presented. In recognition that poinsettia production is becoming increasingly specialized, we have placed more emphasis on the various container sizes used and how...
March 01, 2005
Thanks to the efforts of people like the breeders at Sahin in The Netherlands, new colors of this popular vine are now available for growing and selling. Watching the world of plants it is easy to see that vines are hot....
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