February 2007
February 2007
Wal-Mart has always been a trailblazer when it comes to finding ways to save money so the company can increase profits. So radio frequency identification (RFID) technology seems like it would be the perfect solution to help...
“It takes money to make money,” is an adage that over the years Rob DeLeon, president of DeLeon’s Bromeliads, and his brother, Don, vice president, have taken to heart. The pair recently built a turnkey greenhouse filled...
This is the third year we have evaluated all of the cultivars according to production style. Determining the best cultivar for each grower is reliant on his or her location, production practices and market, and personal...
The large home improvement retailers Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards are critical outlets for a major portion of the green industry’s products. Growers are becoming more involved in these garden centers’ retail activities...
Every year, the New York-based Color Association of America predicts or, maybe more correctly, establishes what colors will be important in fashion, home décor and even manufacturing two years from now. For all practical...
Through the combined support of five poinsettia breeders, one commercial greenhouse and two universities, the 2006 National Poinsettia Trials provide poinsettia growers with independent evaluations of and a thorough body of...
The silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii (which is synonymous with the sweet potato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci B biotype) and the twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, are major arthropod pests in greenhouses....
Proper irrigation management requires attention to three fundamental questions: When, how much and how to deliver? The answers to these questions are interrelated. Knowing when to irrigate is one of the most important...
In recent years, Asiatic lilies have become more popular as cut flowers, potted plants and landscape perennials. Many perennial producers have increased their production of these easy-to-grow plants, as they provide an...
Please click on the PDF Version of this article to see a description of the pests and diseases we've highlighted for February.
From shortages to costs to employee verification processes, many aspects of labor hinge upon the outcome of the national immigration debate, especially for the green industry. In his State of the Union address, President...
When 2006 ended, Frank Blake was the vice chairman of The Home Depot’s board of directors and an executive vice president at the company. When 2007 started, he was the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. This...
“You may not make any money on poin-settias, but you sure can lose a lot,” was my comment to a grower recently as we were discussing measures he was taking to cut costs. In the current big box market, a grower cannot afford...
I don’t know about you, but I am hearing a lot about sustainability lately. While I think everyone defines it differently, I recently found a definition, see sidebar, below, in an airline magazine that made me stop and think...
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Even though it is only February, the GPN staff is deeply immersed in our preparations for this year’s Pack Trials. It’s an easy thing to do when the thermometer has plummeted below 0° F in the Chicago, Ill., area, and it is...
This year, our Best of Trials selections are based on the trials at Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Raleigh, N.C.; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; and University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. Each...
The Callie calibrachoa series from Fischer USA offers 19 varieties for baskets and containers. Colors range from blue to red to white to yellow. Several new varieties have been added, including Light Blue, Painted Coral,...
The cost of energy has been identified as the most important issue facing the floriculture industry by several recent greenhouse grower surveys. Although energy prices have subsided somewhat, fuel costs are still high,...
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