January 2003
One year, three million dollars and 10 full runs later, Plantpeddler in Cresco, Iowa, is growing as fast as you can say "more acreage." Mike and Rachel Gooder opened the doors to their new facility, Plantpeddler Young Plants...
In surveying the ethnic origins of your greenhouse employees, it probably comes as no surprise that one in eight people in the United States is of Hispanic origin, or 32.8 million, according to a 2000 U.S. Census Bureau...
Weeds compete for water, nutrients and light, resulting in reduced flower yield and increased threat of serious insect and disease problems. A successful weed management program utilizes cultural practices such as...
January 28, 2003
Industry leaders offer their preductions for 2003. Jim Barrett, Professor University of Florida, Gainesville Fla. When Bridget sent the E-mail requesting an Industry Forecast for 2003, my first response was: "Mostly cloudy,...
January 28, 2003
Jennifer Browne just graduated from Cornell University's horticulture program. The chances that she'll land the job that she wants are high, because Browne has something to offer that sets her apart from other potential...
Ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus L.), with the common name Persian buttercup, has primarily been produced as a field-grown cut flower, thanks to extensive breeding work in England during the 19th century that resulted in...
Slippery! Slimy! Creepy things, yuck! This pretty much describes the general opinion of what a slug or snail is. These pests fall under the general responsibility of entomologists when it comes to who has to deal with calls...
The Ovaltech III from Harnois is low-maintenance, easy to erect, covered in polycarbonate film and includes a number of other features that lead to higher-quality plants. The Ovaltech III is the newest in the Ovaltech series...
As Proven Winners® introduces new varieties it is important to help you understand a little more about each of the new products. This will begin a series of tips that will offer helpful hints to have even greater success...
Only recently have I adopted the tradition of setting resolutions. But I really like it. Resolutions not only set a tone for the year to come, but they also help establish a starting point -- this is where it begins; this is...
A conspicuous highlight of the mid-summer border, paniculata-type phlox are usually identified by their large clusters of brightly colored, often fragrant, disc-shaped flowers. Rarely does a new introduction come along that...
Dianthus 'Bouquet Purple' has been produced as a bedding plant or cut flower for a few years, and it is still underutilized as a perennial crop. Bouquet Purple has many desirable perennial characteristics such as: quick...
Getting an early start on spring sales is critical to growers around the United States. The problem is finding plant material that can be grown under cool conditions, will flower under early spring short-day photoperiod, and...
What is the next big area of the wholesale growing business that, when improved, will increase profit? You meet all of the discounted early-order deadlines. All of your available space, and then some, is full of product as...
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are commonly applied to container-grown plants to control stem elongation and produce high-quality, compact plants. Flurprimidol was a molecule discovered more than 20 years ago by Eli Lily and...
Recently, I purchased a book, 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells (1997, Algonquin Books). This book goes into the history of the flower and how it was discovered, named, used and popularized. What I...
How do you know if you're making the best decisions for your company? I mean really know -- long-term, big-success know. I found myself dissecting this seemingly simple question while reading recent reports from the retail...
Robusta answers the call for full, colorful crops adaptable for both home and garden with larger leaves and huge flowers, which will satisfy the needs of floral buyers in addition to stimulating impulse sales at retail....