February 2009
Q With so many PGRs available, how do I decide which to use — and at what rates — in a height-control program for herbaceous perennials? A Though there are more products today, the chemistries haven’t changed. Start by...
What are some notable developments in the field of pest management? James Bethke: I think that one of the best things that has happened in the last couple of years is when my colleagues and I put together a great pesticide...
With the wide range of vegetative cutting varieties and off-shore suppliers currently available, more and more growers are buying unrooted cuttings and rooting them out themselves. In the past, growers would grow their own...
The most common way to control plant height is to apply a plant growth retardant (PGR) that inhibits stem elongation. Fortunately, we have a variety of products from which to choose for use on ornamental crops. However, PGRs...
This year, 25 new cultivars were introduced in the National Poinsettia Trials. These cultivars should be available in 2009, but not all new cultivars are listed in the breeders’ company catalogs. Contact your supplier if you...
Times are uncertain. The financial markets worldwide are in crisis. Major industry sectors are in peril and are asking for government bailouts. Energy costs have dropped, but consumers are scared, and producers are hesitant...
Fertilizing is one of the most important tasks in growing quality plant material, and yet, it is often the most overlooked. The right fertilizer in the right amount can make all the difference to your plants — and,...
Growers looking for easy-to-grow, early-spring-flowering perennials should be interested in the Axcent series of aubretia from Syngenta Flowers. Compared to other cultivars on the market, the Axcent series blooms one to two...
February 02, 2009
New research from the University of Florida highlights the most effective strategies for applying fertilizer to produce more consistent results with less environmental impact. Click on the PDF in the LearnMore! box to view...
Did you grow poinsettias in 2008? How did they sell this year? How did your 2008 poinsettia season differ from other years? Did any variety perform better than the others in the greenhouse? At retail? Why? What kind of...
Few annual varieties withstand the rigors of heat and drought and maintain a reputation of resilient beauty quite like pentas. The flowers, more commonly known as Egyptian starflower, are native to northeastern Africa and...
The shaky economy and rising energy costs are nothing new to growers. These issues continue to be on our minds, and growers are constantly seeking ways to offset input costs. And the place to start is inside the greenhouse....
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