June 2005
For the first annual GPN/John Henry Company Creative Marketing Award, we wanted to really make a statement — one that says “Now this is a successful marketing program.” And that is why I am so excited to announce that...
As you saw in “Breeding Breakthroughs” (page 26), there were only a few real breakthrough introductions at this year’s Pack Trials, but there were many, many varieties that will be welcome additions. The following 22 items...
Throughout our Pack Trials trip we try to think like you — the grower — by asking the kinds of questions we think you want to know the answers to: “will this finish quickly, how much PGR costs will I incur, how much bench...
Canna ‘Tropicanna Gold’ is the newest member of the Tropicanna family of cannas from Anthony Tesselaar International. It is a sport of the original Tropicanna (var. ‘Phasion’). Description ‘Tropicanna Gold’ is distinguished...
Echinacea purpurea ‘Little Giant’ is a dwarf coneflower with many desirable attributes suitable for both container production and landscape uses. Its distinguishing characteristics include a compact growth habit, reaching...
Greenhouse producers are well aware of the problems associated with fungus gnats, Bradysia spp. Although fungus gnats are more problematic during propagation they can also be a concern throughout a crop production cycle. The...
Each year dozens of new cultivars are released from plant breeders, propagators and suppliers. These cultivars are evaluated in the National Annual and Perennial Cut Flower Trial Programs, administered by NC State University...
Over the past nine years we have seen a 300-percent increase in the number of cuttings imported into the United States. In 2003, greenhouse growers in the United States imported more than 724 million unrooted cuttings (URCs...
With so many new plant introductions every year it starts to get a little difficult to get excited about another shade of red geranium, an impatiens that is a quarter of an inch shorter or another day length “neutral”...
The California Pack Trials’ original goal was to help growers decipher what varieties best fit into their production programs and met their customer’s needs. The Pack Trials have now evolved into a new product showcase,...
This marks the third pack trials I have traveled with GPN. It seems fitting that this will also be my last column for the magazine (read on to find out why); third time is the charm. The GPN crew and myself went from south...
Not to detract from the plants — after all, they are the stars of the show — but one of my favorite things about the California Pack Trials is the time between stops...the hours on the road, the evening meals and the...
With plants coming from diverse native habitats, each with their own requirements from propagation through flowering, there is no one method to use for all. The first question to ask yourself is whether you are growing, or...