June 2002
Though the “B” in B&C Greenhouses has retired, the “C”s are still there, but boy is it different from the 5-acre piece of muck that Dean Cramer and his uncle, Pete Bloemsma (the B and C in B&C), began back in 1965....
Phytophthora is one of the special group of plant pathogens termed “oomycetes” — Pythium and the downy mildews are close kin. Analysis of their DNA has indicated that these organisms are more closely related to algae than to...
One of the keys to a successful scouting program is being able to accurately identify the pests and diseases you come in contact with. The following is a review of the most prevalent greenhouse mites. Two-spotted Spider Mite...
This was my first trip to the California Pack Trials, and it was a really wonderful experience. The term “trials” is a bit of a misnomer, though, as there was very little comparison trialing and a lot of display material. I...
Are you looking for a new potted plant that doesn’t need pinching or disbudding; a fast crop for hanging baskets; an unusual plant to make your container gardens stand apart from the competition; top-quality plants that are...
One of the main advantages of a retractable roof system is that the size of the structure is not limited by the restrictive capacity of mechanical ventilation systems. This allows the total growing area to have fewer “edges...
If you were an herb grower looking to start a marketing program, it would probably feel natural to utilize practical use information on your POP materials because herbs are something common to most individuals’ everyday...
On a Sunday morning in Somewhere, America, one of the customers that buys from the garden center you supply reads these headlines: “Spring rain only puts a dent in Eastern drought”; “New Mexico governor declares drought...
There are over 30 cultivars of ornamental peppers available. Many of the older cultivars like ‘Filus Blue’ or ‘Bolivian Rainbow’ are tall-growing and make excellent background plants in the landscape. Plant breeders at the...
By mid-morning Monday, May 13th I had received the same forwarded E-mail a dozen times, as friends in the industry shared the sad news of Paul Ecke Jr.’s passing. Diagnosed less than a year ago with pancreatic cancer, Paul...
p class=MsoNormal>With new sites and more companies exhibiting in 2002, the California Pack Trials keep getting bigger and bigger, and GPN has expanded its coverage to reflect this growth. This month and next, we’ll present...
The most exciting parts of the Internationale Pflanzenmesse, or IPM, in Essen, Germany — beyond the variety and profusion of plant material on display — is the variety of plant marketing programs. Three very different...
You might be wondering what’s going on here at GPN that we have a dinner party on the cover of the magazine. Just bear with me for a few minutes, and everything will be clear… A couple of months ago during my...
January 01, 2009
Dallas Johnson Greenhouses has embraced sensible automation in many areas of its operation. But the biggest reason for improved shipping efficiency has been a conceptual change. The centerpiece of the change is a large...
In the world of spreading petunias, Wave petunias are one of the most consumer-recognized brands, and  California Pack Trials 2002 brought us the new Easy Wave series of spreading petunias. An alternative to traditional...