June 2007
June 2007
As the first quarter of 2007 concluded, the big boxes were busy announcing and spinning their sales performances. It was a pretty rocky quarter for most of them as the overall economy continued to stagnate. Many of the...
Maintaining success through ownership changes is a feat for any grower, but Floral Plant Growers’ story stands out: It has persevered through multiple owners and the switch from family ownership to corporate investment. Dean...
Calling All Tradespeople! Training new recruits can be time consuming, which is why many companies have switched from using one-on-one training sessions entirely to mixing in large online or video training components. For...
We would like to share the recent success Riverview Flower Farm, Riverview, Fla., has had using Web-based software to manage pay by scan inventory at the garden center. This software manages availability input from our...
As of press time, the immigration debate has no end in sight. Recently introduced legislation is likely to remain in the Senate for a while, stated leading Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) feels...
By definition, sustainability is an attempt to secure the survivability of human and natural environments indefinitely by enabling people to meet current needs as well as providing future generations with sufficient...
Industry and academia have many things in common, one of which is that we can often accomplish more when we work together than when we work alone. We are more likely to thrive if we learn the fine art of coopetition, which...
“You never have any regrets when you do a good job!” That is what Fran Hopkins has done at Under A Foot Plant Co. — an extremely good job. The founder, president and chief executive of the Salem, Ore.-based company has no...
Many growers are looking to maximize production space, extend the sales window and increase profitability. Adding another turn of production space allows growers to achieve these goals. In many instances, peren-nials are a...
Damping off, root rots and stem rots are constant threats in greenhouse production. These diseases are caused by soilborne pathogens such as Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoct-onia, Thielaviopsis and Fusarium. Plant diseases...
Echinacea, commonly known as coneflower, is a North American genus of nine species in the asteraceae family. Echinacea was one of the primary medicinal herbs used by many tribes of North American Plains Indians and,...
The greenhouse industry becomes more competitive with each passing year. The state of the greenhouse industry today consists of fewer greenhouses, retail/wholesale combination greenhouses, competition among growers and the...
For the 2007 California Pack Trials, we traveled from just south of San Diego to San Francisco in seven days. We had good times (being in California in April), we had bad times (being cold in California in April), but...
Pack Trials is the first opportunity to see all the new variety releases for the upcoming growing season. In California, everything looks good; we know that. It is hard to know how a new variety will perform when grown in a...
Spring 2007 is now just a memory. You will likely place this season into one of three categories: great, average or same as last year. I spent several weekends working as merchandiser in some major metropolitan markets this...
When the GPN editorial staff returned from the California Pack Trials in April, our suitcases were loaded with so much information — notebooks, trial books, product catalogs, etc. — we actually had to pay a surcharge because...
Q What’s the best way to control ants? A Ants can be quite a problem in the ornamental industry. Ants treat some of the homopterous insects (aphids, mealybugs, psyllids, soft scales, etc.) like cattle are treated at a dairy...
Employees come in all sizes, strengths and ages as well as motivation and skill levels. One of the challenges a greenhouse manager has is matching employees to work tasks. Provide a good match and your employees are happy...
Salvia ‘Marcus’ is a dwarf selection of meadow sage with many notable characteristics for commercial growers, landscapers and homeowners. Compact spikes of deep-violet flowers are produced above bushy clumps of attractive...
Medium-vigor, zonal geraniums in the Maestro series have large blooms that create bright splashes of color. These geraniums are versatile and can be grown in a variety of container sizes. They were bred to flower early,...
While it seems like a simple phenom-enon, light is a deceivingly complex topic with plants. There are three fund-amental dimensions of light: light duration, light quantity and light quality. Light duration is the...
As we made our way through the California Pack Trials in April, all of us in the GPN crew kept our eyes and ears open to find the best information to report back to you. Yet again this year, we noticed companies are...
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