February 2006
Many growers produce poinsettias, but few of them actually earn a good profit with the popular holiday plant. The unfortunate reality is that most growers are simply breaking even. Over-whelmingly, poinsettias are a cash...
Research projects keep our industry alive: They are how we learn about new plants, how to grow them and how to keep them healthy. Several floriculture organizations fund projects like this to help universities find the...
Last year’s switch to evaluating cultivars according to production style was well received, and we have continued that format with this year’s recommendations. We find that the best cultivar for an individual grower depends...
While searching for some background noise — something to occupy my mind between bursts of writing — I find myself mesmerized by, of all things, men’s Olympic figure skating. What’s holding my attention and now keeping me...
Penstemon offer a colorful show that should not be underrated. Typically thought of as perennials, they have received a lot of attention from breeders lately. Recent developments include larger and showier blooms, a longer...
Seventeen new cultivars were in the National Poinsettia Trials for the first time in 2005 and should be available in 2006. The descriptions are based on how the cultivars performed in our trials. Five of these new cultivars...
Drip systems, ebb and flood benches, overhead micro-sprays and sprinklers, automated booms: Irrigation options and their importance to the health and well being of crops can be daunting. If you’ve been analyzing your labor...
With increasing employee lawsuits and workplace regulation and with jobs being the primary source of medical insurance and retirement benefits, the need for employers to be aware of legal pitfalls in the employment process...
Proper water management is crucial in today’s marketplace: With increasing costs and competition, saving money when it comes to water and fertilizer has become necessary to keep production costs down. As soilless growing can...
Determining which cultivars will be selected as best of the trials is no easy matter. Each of the three university trial sites picked the 12 varieties that performed best in their trial. The varieties that were picked by at...
Luna is a seed propagated hardy hibiscus series that has gained popularity among growers and retailers. The Luna series appeals to container growers, retailers and landscapers because of its compact, well-branched, shrubby...
Shade curtains have a lot of potential in the greenhouse: They can retain heat, cool temperatures and even reduce energy costs. And that’s when they’re working alone. Some growers find that shade curtains are even easier to...
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