March 2003
This is the season when every grower starts worrying about how to control plant growth, whether plugs, bedding flats, pots or baskets. All growers should be doing whatever they can to control temperature, provide more light...
There is much talk about how we as a society must stop cloning at all costs. Just think about what would happen if humans were to become like aphids. Sexual reproduction would no longer be necessary, and all females would be...
In Columbus, Ohio, on February 21-23, The Ohio State University, the American Floral Endowment (AFE) and a group of national sponsors hosted the National Floriculture Forum (NFF). This event changes location and subject...
As we complete more research on plant response to plant growth regulators (PGRs), it may be helpful to start looking for any commonalities in the responses by plants of the same genus or family. Using information from our...
There is always considerable discussion over what poinsettia cultivars growers should produce and about which cultivars consumers prefer. The new cultivars and their success at retail have changed the industry's mindset of...
On a bright, sunny summer day, a 30- x 100-foot greenhouse will gather about 32 million British Thermal Units (Btus) of heat. This is equivalent to burning 32 gallons of fuel oil or 320 therms of natural gas. If the...
You probably know it as the best growing medium you can buy. Among its many benefits, sphagnum peat moss offers excellent water and air exchange capacity; provides ideal cation-exchange capacity; enhances root growth;...
Last month's article covered achieving a commitment through planning. Planning helps you understand your customers and fulfill their needs. In other words, you start to build relationships. At some point in the sales cycle...
In this column one year ago, March 2002, I reviewed the January 2002 Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing by Kmart, the largest retail bankruptcy in U.S. history. I reviewed what I believed were the causes leading to its...
Poppy anemone, lily-of-the-field and windflower are names commonly used for plants and flowers of Anemone coronaria L. As the name poppy anemone suggests, the flowers are similar to poppies and come in various shades of...
Salvia 'Caradonna' is a unique cultivar of the reliable genus and species Salvia nemorosa. The violet-blue flowers are similar to other cultivars of this species except they are held on purple stems that provide an added...
Poppelmann Plastics offers a full range of polypropylene thermoformed and injection-molded pots with printing on the pot surface. The pots come in a number of sizes and shapes, allowing the customer to choose which pot will...
Supertunia® 'Red' and 'Giant Pink' 'Red' and 'Giant Pink' are much like the other Supertunia varieties that you grow and love. Red has large flowers and excellent rich red flowers while Giant Pink sets itself apart with...
As we were putting together the March issue of GPN, the news came about an outbreak of Ralstonia solanacearum biovar 3 race 2 (southern bacterial wilt) on Americana geraniums (please see page 60 for more information). The...
The Double Wave series' spreading habit makes this petunia great for basket production and for mass planting in outdoor beds. Cousin to the popular Wave series, the Double Wave series shares many of the same characteristics...
Ralstonia Outbreak Several U.S. growers can now add a new disease to their repertoire: Ralstonia solanacearum biovar 3 race 2. One of the vascular, bacterial agents that causes southern bacterial wilt, R. solanacearum...
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