January 2007
Happy new year from everyone at GPN! It seems like 2006 is already a distant memory, and 2007 is ready to roll. The start of a new year is always a great time to stop and reflect about what has happened during the past...
As the calendar pages turned to 2007, GPN asked six industry experts where they thought the industry is headed. A new year usually brings new opportunities, but what kind of opportunities will be available for growers in...
January 16, 2007
The 2006 recipient of the GPN/Nexus Intern Scholarship, Alina Lovelace, realized she didn’t want to be a grower after completing her first internship, which led her to a second, marketing-focused internship. Often a person’s...
Researchers in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech are grinding whole pine logs to create a new container substrate. This new substrate, called WoodGro, is a different approach to container substrate production:...
Please click on the PDF Version of this article to see a description of the pests and diseases we've highlighted for January.
In the first article of this series, we discussed application considerations and optimal rates of Topflor (flurprimidol) on potted plants. In this article, we focus on spring bedding plants. Throughout the past five years,...
The popularity of mixed containers continues to grow. Both wholesale and retail growers are producing a variety of designs and container sizes to satisfy consumer demand. As a result, mixed containers are described as...
Based on the number of custom mix formulas available, many combinations of components can be successfully used. When discussing mix formulas, growers often ask questions like, “What does the bark do?” or “What does peat do...
With its aromatic, silver-green foliage and impressive, long-lasting display of lavender-blue flowers throughout the summer months, it’s no wonder that nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ has caught the attention of gardeners, landscapers...
Gerbera Royal have early, uniform flowering and large flowers with deep, rich color. Plants have multiple flower stems with 3-4 blooms at the same time. Goldsmith Seeds has promoted the gerbera Royal series, bred by Global...
There are two primary ways lighting can be used to accelerate greenhouse production of bedding plants and herbaceous perennials. In my last two columns, I discussed how the total amount of light for photosynthesis (called...