January 2004
The first article I wrote for GPN was on Botrytis prevention and control, and it appeared in October of 1998. Five years is probably long enough to wait to do an update since we have maintained an active research program in...
Over the past five years, with the support of Floriculture Industry Research and Scholarship Trust (FIRST), we conducted a series of experiments to develop guidelines for using the daily light integral (DLI) to gauge the...
Perennial Plant of the Year Named The Perennial Plant Association has named Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' as the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. This low-maintenance Japanese painted fern is a showy fern for shade gardens....
Being a "die hard" plant lover and a commercial perennial grower, I've discovered that there are a lot of really cool plants out there. But how many times are the cool plants not conducive to commercial production? They are...
Most likely, you do not pay your greenhouse employees a premium for overtime. Based on your company's status as an "agricultural" business, you probably believe that you are not required to pay them at a premium...
Last month's article laid some foundation on the basics of branding. In that article, we defined branding, compared it to product promotions and outlined some key elements of what works and what doesn't when branding plants...
Val-Co Environmental & Greenhouse Systems, Bird-In-Hand, Pa., kept durability in mind when manufacturing the Better Bench System. The Better Bench, greenhouse/garden center bench is cost effective and has a high weight...
Workstations are used for seeding, transplanting, potting, taking cuttings and preparing plants or vegetables for shipping. For the most part, these are areas where employees do repetitive tasks. Having everything needed...
Oh, if only we each had a crystal ball. We could see into the future and be prepared for those late-coming springs or the newest product trend or the economy's ups and downs. It would make life a little boring, but our...
Well, the new year has come and gone, and now it's time to get to work on the new spring season. Growers in warmer climates are already growing and selling bedding plants, while most growers in colder climates are sowing...
We talked about succulents last month, and these crops are two groups there wasn't space for in that column. With all the emphasis on low water use and the constant demand for color, these two crops should be a mainstay for...
Wow! A new year. I know many people think it's cheesy, but I like to use the occasion of changing my calendar to reflect on what the previous year brought and anticipate what the coming year might bring. And like the typical...
January 23, 2004
GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship winner, Emily Stefanski, a senior at Michigan State University (MSU), participates in so many organizations and activities, it's hard to believe she has time for classes. Even with...