July 2006
Containers are spaced at certain distances to obtain marketable plants and reasonable profits per square foot of production area. There is a tradeoff between container spacing and plant quality: Closer spacing tends to...
Cineraria Jester boasts brilliant colors on daisy-like flowers that can add vitality to indoor décor. Jester is available in a range of bicolors and softer solid colors including the new Pure Light Yellow. The small, rounded...
Over the past few years, we have seen many new active ingredients in fungicides for ornamentals. The new products I will be presenting in this article fall into chemical classes that we are familiar with — things like sterol...
Throughout our Pack Trials trip we try to think like you — the grower — by asking the kinds of questions we think you would ask, such as “Will this finish quickly, how much PGR cost will I incur, how much bench space will...
Each year, the California Pack Trials show us a plethora of new varieties, but everything seems to look so perfect at the trials. How can you be sure which of those varieties will work when you get them home? How do you...
Last month, we covered everything from agastache to lobelia, but this month we have even more to tell you about — from nemesia to zinnia. Though Pack Trials are a distant memory, we still have lots more to talk about in the...
As the GPN editorial staff hit Pack Trials this year, each one of us had different questions. What would the companies have to offer? How would each company display its new introductions? What wouldn’t we be seeing this...
November 01, 2009
To avoid a hodgepodge of buildings at their new site, the growers at Olson’s Greenhouse Gardens created a master plan for their new Salem, Utah, build. When he started growing bedding plants for a hobby in 1943, Ray Olson...
The popular Miscanthus sinensis is undoubtedly the most commonly produced ornamental grass. ‘Super Stripe’, also referred to as porcupine grass, is a great addition to this species and offers many improved attributes over...
Floriculture is not just about growing pretty plants: It is about growing profitable pretty plants. Increasing costs and flat prices have forced growers to more closely examine their production costs. When growers do this,...
The liner dip method for applying plant growth regulators (PGRs) is finding increased acceptance with growers. Liner dips are an efficient and effective way of controlling vigorous crops. However, in some cases inconsistent...
For the past 10 years, Rick Brown, co-owner of Riverview Flower Farm, Riverview, Fla., used drip tape with 2-inch emitter spacing to irrigate his crops. Instead of laying the tape directly on top of the soil surface, as...
This spring, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of greenhouse growers in Michigan that installed artificial lighting in their production ranges. During the winter and early spring, more growers are using photoperiodic...
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