July 2003
In this second article on new crops displayed at Pack Trials 2003, I wanted to hit a few seed crops and a few oddball crops, as well as focus on two new groups of plants that have recently emerged and deserve some attention...
Scaevola is a well-known Australian native that thrives in gardens throughout North America from spring to fall, even during the worst heat of summer. The Fan Series (Scaevola aemula) consists of four cultivars in four...
It's summer, and that means trade show season. Over the next few months, there will be trade shows in every region of the country, and they will all be full of the latest and greatest products for our industry. As we do...
Hardy hibiscus is an old-time garden favorite riding a new wave of popularity. Hibiscus moscheutos is a marshland native of the eastern United States and has hardiness in USDA Zones 4-9. With new developments in plant...
Now that the 2003 spring season is behind us, it's time to recap problem areas. Working with my clients and traveling around the United States giving talks, I can narrow down the number of areas that need work to five. There...
The Lamiaceae (mint) family is a relatively small family, containing about 180 genera of herbs and shrubs, only about 68 of which are produced commercially. These cultivated genera include many of our culinary (Mentha,...
Methyl bromide is an important part of ornamental production. The combination of methyl bromide and chloropicrin has long been used to control weeds, nematodes and plant pathogens like Pythium. The majority of this fumigant...
National Garden Month has been deemed an unqualified success by its sponsors. More than 600 garden centers and 35 green group organizations participated in the month-long celebration. National Garden Month began in 1986 with...
In the upper Midwest over Memorial Day weekend, a major home improvement chain ran an ad for 10-inch annual hanging baskets for $4.99. And the quality wasn't bad or much less than what was regularly available for $8.99; in...
The following report of diascia and nemesia trials conducted at the University of Florida trial gardens in Gainesville, Fla., was conducted in the winter of 2002. Gainesville is in USDA Zone 8b and is part of an ongoing...
You saw the best of the best in vegetative varieties in the June issue of GPN. Now it's time to see the best of the best in seed varieties. The seed varieties tell a different story than vegetative as to what was introduced...
FloraStar, in cooperation with the University of Florida, has selected the winners of the first FloraStar Elite Performer trials that are designed to evaluate how well a variety performs for the grower. The program will...
Fuel prices continue to fluctuate, causing heartburn and headaches for growers as they receive their monthly fuel bills during periods of cold weather. When fuel costs are high, some growers in cold climates (such as the...
Bare root perennials are dormant plants with the soil removed from the roots. They are typically field grown for a period of time, usually one year, and harvested. Once the plants are dug, the tops are trimmed down to...
Upon receiving this issue of GPN, many of you will be preparing to attend the OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio (if you're there, stop by our booth #1517 to say hello). For many, the Short Course is the must-attend trade...
Have you noticed how popular calibrachoas have become? It is an interesting crop. They can either look very nice or very straggly. The flowers are small, and unless there are lots of them, the plant does not give much of a...
'Vanilla Butterfly' Argyranthemum frutescens For years the most popular Argyranthemum available has been Proven Winners' bright yellow Butterfly with its large flowers, vigorous habit and excellent heat tolerance. It is...
Boy, is it hot in the greenhouse today! Must be July or August, the two worst months to be in the greenhouse business. I think most all growers hate these months, unless they are on vacation, in which case they hate to...
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