June 2003
Darwin Plants Offers New Marketing Program Darwin Plants introduces a new branding and marketing program, Distinctly-Different, for new and unusual perennials. Special pot tags, bencher talkers/cards and posters will be...
New Guinea impatiens burst onto the gardening scene 30 years ago and already have become etched in the gardener's mind as the perfect shade plants. Now comes Infinity, a new series from renowned breeder Ludwig Kientzler....
Oh boy, where do we start? We spent six long days traveling the coast of California, from south to north, for this year's Pack Trials. As you have probably heard before, so much to see in so little time. If you were there,...
'Babylon® Deep Pink' has been added to the great lineup of Babylon varieties. This dark pink variety expands the color range while matching the habit of the current varieties. This early-flowering Verbena series is a...
I know it's difficult for you to imagine being in consumers' shoes as they wander through the garden center, but just try it -- try seeing things through their eyes: "I like the color of that plant ...I wonder what it is......
Vegetative annuals are excellent niche plants for spring, summer and fall production. The wide spectrum of available colors and plant forms has contributed greatly to their success. While these plants are "hot" with...
As this month's cover shows, we have another Marketing Innovation Award winner. And while there was an unusually large pool of quality programs under consideration, the GPN/MasterTag judges agreed that the Novalis Group's "...
Scientists have recently discovered that orchids are members of the asparagus family. According to the researchers, the find is a breakthrough in modern plant genetics. What does that mean for orchids; are we supposed to...
The benefits of using composts as soil amendments have been well documented. Composted biosolids (BS), municipal solid waste (MSW) and yard trimmings (YT), when appropriately applied to soil, have been shown to improve...
Now that another spring season is winding down, it's time to review the major growing problems. From working with growers of all sizes, I think the number one problem this year was combinations. Combinations of all types...
Osmosis is the passing of a liquid through a membrane from a lesser concentration to a greater concentration. Eventually, both liquids would be of equal concentrations. Figure 1, page 48, demonstrates how this reaction takes...
Can you imagine a 17-acre greenhouse range that produces multiple varieties of bedding plants and has all-material movement into and out of the greenhouse done by one person? Can you imagine having transplanting integrated...
The TTA PackPlanter, recently brought to market by Bouldin & Lawson, is a small, economical and versatile transplanter. The machine design combines the features of a high-speed production transplanter with an entry-level...
Veronica 'Royal Candles' is a clump-forming, bushy cultivar often utilized in rock gardens, as a border plant or in containers. This cultivar has many distinguishing characteristics such as a compact growth habit, reaching...
Pack trials this year seemed a lot like our national outlook: cautious and playing to its strengths. There was a lot of wonderful material, but it was toned down a bit from last year. There seemed to be more improvements on...
Reducing plant handling costs is a goal of most greenhouse businesses. Carrying plants is time consuming and heavy work. It is also expensive. There are many systems that can be used to reduce this task and its cost....