January 2009
January 2009
Q Would you recommend periodically sending water samples to a diagnostic lab to test for various pathogens? A Contaminated irrigation water is a primary source of inoculum for certain nursery- and greenhouse-crop diseases,...
The shroud of gloom and doom that was hanging over the past 365 days — at least — may not have lifted completely, but the growing community has realized now is not the time to complain about it. For 2009, it’s all seeing...
In our industry, it seems something of a paradox to consider the need for a “green initiative” — for a green anything. Growers, always creative in their growing processes, see recycling as a matter of course, reusing as an...
Now that 2008 is the year that was — and what a year it was — it is time to welcome 2009! I think it is pretty safe to say that there really has never been a year like 2008. But what lies ahead in 2009? If I knew the answer...
Ornamental grasses continue their popularity with growers, landscapers and consumers alike. Although the ornamental grass hakonechloa is not new to our industry, it is quickly being added into production by numerous...
January 19, 2009
Always eager to take the road less traveled and go outside of his comfort zone, Paul Jemison is carving his own path in this fast-changing industry. And all signs point to success. Paul Jemison’s path to horticulture wasn’t...
As the new president has just measured the White House windows for curtains, this may be an appropriate time to discuss a selection process for greenhouse curtains, or climate screens, which are used to either improve the...
Many of you may be familiar with Bob’s Market & Greenhouses, one of the industry’s premier grower-retailers, based in Mason, W.Va. You may know that this business is owned and operated by the Barnitz family and is...
It has never been more important to select the right employees for your key positions. For a large greenhouse, the head grower is like air, as is the top salesperson. The right general manager can be the difference between...
From November to March, light is a limiting factor in the production of many greenhouse crops in temperate climates. During this time, the days are short and the instantaneous light intensity is relatively low. Excessive...
As we enter the New Year, it’s always kind of fun to make predictions and see how they play out. Last January, I don’t think anyone could have predicted many of the things that happened in 2008. So I won’t make any...
Are fair-trade products really more environmentally friendly? People are always equating the two concepts, but they are not always related. How can you be confident that a fair-trade item is also green? The recent rise of...
Automation is a term we all know, but as an industry, it’s hard to agree on what it means, often because of the differences among operations, employees and crops. To help you understand one perspective, here are the steps we...
Littletunia, a miniature-flower petunia hybrid, is a crop series for early spring sales and beyond. Expect a mounded profusion of continuous color all spring, summer and fall. Varieties are well established in the...
During economic booms, consumers’ definitions sometimes become clouded. “I want” is quickly replaced by “I need.” Rolex replaces Timex, and Cadillac trumps Chevy, according to Peak Newsroom, a business news blog. A sinking...
Download the PDF in the LearnMore! box for all charts and figures. During the 1980s, geranium growers began reporting problems with sudden pH decline (SPD) associated with micronutrient toxicities. SPD describes a situation...
The 2008 election is now history. The 111th Congress, featuring substantially expanded Democratic majorities in both houses, is now seated. And depending on when you receive this issue, President George W. Bush may already...
Through the past several months of economic strife and as we plan and prepare for Spring 2009 and beyond, we have seen the term “conservative optimism” arise. At first, I thought it was a pretty good attitude to adopt. But...
Has the economy put an end to brand loyalty? Prompted by the ever-rising costs of most consumer products, many Americans are changing their purchasing habits and abandoning name-brand products for the more frugal (lower...
Although long employed by many manufacturing and customer-service businesses, outsourcing is just now arriving on the scene in the horticultural industry. So what is it, how does it work and what are the potential benefits?...