June 2010
June 2010
When spring started, the air was filled with anticipation of the pent-up consumer demand that was about to be unleashed. Two-thirds of growers responding to industry surveys indicated that business was “OK” or better (16...
June 14, 2010
In spite of the economic downturn, Wisconsin-based Plant Marketing continues to grow in more ways than one. As you drive through the rolling hills of west central Wisconsin, one of the last sights you might expect to see is...
StandPoint, an Atlanta-based market research firm conducted a consumer panel during February 2010 in Tampa, Fla., to obtain insights on the buying patterns of consumers making retail plant purchases. Consumer Picks We...
The 2010 American in Bloom (AIB) Symposium & Awards Program has been set with a full program of education and events for participating communities, industry professionals, and anyone interested in improving their...
Seasonal bedding plant growers may be less affected by high fuel costs during the winter than a year-round greenhouse production facility — they may not be heating all their greenhouse space during the colder months of the...
We have worked and sacrificed to get to the top of the mountain. Let’s not forget that getting down often claims more victims. I recently read Into Thin Air, which is about an ill-fated expedition to climb Mount Everest. I...
Over the last 20 years, the floriculture pathology research program at Michigan State University has had two over-arching goals. First, we seek to understand pathogens and how they thrive, move and survive. Second, we work...
Our annual trip to California for Spring Trials is always exciting and this year was no different. As I mentioned last month, our trip started off with a “little” earthquake in southern California and ended seven days and...
Dahlias are native to Mexico and Central America, and there are hundreds of hybrid varieties commercially available today, with both bicolor and dark-leaf varieties gaining momentum in the market. The new Lucky dahlia series...
Every so often, a breeder introduces a new perennial cultivar that vastly improves on preexisting cultivars. Heliopsis 'Tuscan Sun' is a fairly recent Proven Winners introduction that offers such enhancements and provides...
The 2010 California Springs Trials definitely experienced a bit of a makeover this year. The most obvious change was the annual event’s name. Over the years, the event — which used to be known as the Pack Trials — has really...
High-pressure sodium lamps are widely used in greenhouse production, but they require maintenance for peak efficiency. After visual inspection, many growers find that some lamps in their greenhouse either aren’t operating or...