July 2007
For the GPN editorial staff, it seems like the California Pack Trials is a year-round event. We spend weeks planning to attend Pack Trials, we produce our annual Pack Trials Companion as well as our Pack Trials Zone on www....
Pesticides are important tools in greenhouse production. Without them, it would be very difficult to produce the plant quality expected by consumers. While a greenhouse facility provides numerous benefits for producing high-...
Q Are biological control agents effective on ornamental disease? A We have been testing a number of these products with various results. Most of our experience has been with RootShield/PlantShield (Trichoderma harzanium),...
Last month, we told you about the overall trends from Pack Trials 2007 and highlighted the best and most interesting aspects from each stop. This month, we’re focusing on varieties: new varieties, new trends and more. Even...
Pacific Plug & Liner has hosted a stop on the California Pack Trials for the last five years. Each year, Pacific Plug & Liner has used these opportunities to show a comparative grow out of a certain genus that has...
Most of the focus on mixed containers has been on their attractiveness at the time of sale. How the combination looks at retail often overshadows concern over how the combination will look two months from then. In other...
Cleome is fast growing and can have a very short crop time in production. It also can produce large, colorful garden displays rapidly. In the University of Florida’s 2006 variety trials, the vegetatively propagated ‘Spirit...
It is time again to begin preparing for fall pansy crop production. Among the many things to think about is boron deficiency. Boron-deficient pansies exhibit a variety of symptoms: aborted growing tips; fast-growing...
Alyssum Allure series. The new alyssum Allure series is very uniform with great color selection for consumers, especially with its pastel mix. The plants are compact with good basal branching. Varieties are grown from seed...
With the introduction of the Astary series from Ernst Benary of America, the commercial production of astilbe became more practical for growers. The series consists of the first astilbe cultivars that do not require...
The verbena Aztec series from Ball FloraPlant exhibits versatility, performance and color. In commercial greenhouse production, Aztec varieties finish well in var-ious container sizes, from high-density 4-inch pots to 12-...
For many greenhouse crops, crop height is managed to meet market specifications. In some cases, growers may establish their own crop height guidelines; in other cases, a retailer will determine the height constraints. Crops...
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