June 2006
June 2006
The hybrid phlox market continues to expand, and that is a very good thing. We have existed as an industry on the old standards for so long that this genus is overdue for revitalization. In the past, most of the development...
Marketing, merchandising and branding — the California Pack Trials has been the primary launching pad for such programs the past few years. There have been so many brands and so much POP that most exhibiting companies have...
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 they display their new introductions? What wouldn’t we be seeing this year and...
It seems like forever ago that we were traveling through the pouring California rains looking at all of the new varieties at Pack Trials. Despite getting wet shoes and socks, we made the trek and studied each company’s new...
The principal method used for fertilizing greenhouse crops is to apply completely soluble fertilizers with a fertilizer injector (or proportioner). Fertilizer injectors “inject” a small quantity of concentrated fertilizer...
Most people in the green industry understand that marketing is both an art and a science. Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses in Apopka, Fla., recognizes this and has created an enduring yet continually innovative marketing...
Big growers face big risks every day. For some companies, relying on contract growers is one of those risks not worth taking — not so for Masterpiece Flower Co. For the Byron Center, Mich.-headquartered company, using...
Though it is a topic few want to discuss, succession is inevitable for family- owned businesses. The benefit of realizing this is that current owners can prepare their heirs and plan for the transition. Thorough preplanning...
Tune in to Training In an effort to turn out productive workers as quickly and efficiently as possible, some companies have started using video iPods to train new workers and provide continuing education for existing workers...
Lavender conjures different ideas and images for different people. It has played a diverse role in peoples’ lives: from culinary ingredient to medicinal product to aromatic component. Lavender has been cultivated for...
With its ease of production and ability to flower the first year, Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Sunfire’ is a great addition to spring perennial programs. ‘Sunfire’ produces an abundant supply of large, single, yellow blooms with...
A new downy mildew that affects coleus has recently been discovered and is causing alarm for both coleus growers and researchers. The new coleus downy mildew disease is caused by a microorganism that may be new to North...
Today’s Internet is a gateway to an endless supply of information, and while this can be very helpful, it can also be daunting. Which Web site has the most accurate information? Which is the easiest to maneuver? Which...
Winter 2005, when the industry was preparing to start pay by scan (PBS) at Home Depot stores, no one knew what to expect; after all, this was the industry's first foray into PBS...right? Not exactly. Kmart suppliers have...
As we were finishing up this second edition of Big Grower, I made a trip to north Florida to the landscape trials at University of Florida (UF). The start of the annual performancetrial pilgrimage, the UF trial marks the...
Growers’ media needs and success levels can vary depending on the time of year, crops grown, moisture requirements or location, which means the right media for the right application is essential to any grower who wants a...
With Mother ’s Day and Memorial Day now history, your thoughts are probably on a summer vacation at your favorite campground or fishing hole. As you grab your lucky hat and trusty fishing pole, you may notice another hat way...
Over the past few years, we have heard people raving about the fantastic research developments in the world of plant biotechnology. Proponents of biotechnology (including myself) have dreamed of markets filled with biotech...
In May, the Senate began considering health legislation that would allow small businesses to band together in insurance pools to offer health insurance policies to workers. If passed, the measure would override state health...
With so many new i n t roductions shown each year at the California Pack Trials, it can be pretty tough to identify the few that will work under large growers’ special conditions: small containers, tight spacing and fast...
To provide a current and detailed assessment of the floriculture industry, GPN magazine and OFA — an association of floriculture professionals — teamed up to produce the 2006 GPN/OFA State of the Industry Survey. The survey...
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