March 2004
Lantana has undergone many improvements in the past few years, which is good because it was already a phenomenal plant to begin with. Depending on where you live in the United States, it is either an annual, perennial or...
Ralstonia Shuts Down Shipment According to a letter from Goldsmith Plants to numerous industry affiliates, the USDA has informed Goldsmith Plants, Inc., that they will not be allowed to ship geranium cuttings to the...
The greenhouse environment is not only nearly ideal for growing plants; it can produce outstanding pest infestations, as you surely have discovered. Mites seem to be one of the great levelers among growers, common to many...
Generally, at this time of the spring season, I get a number of phone calls from concerned growers who say their plants are turning yellow, stunted or generally not growing the way they should. After a few questions, it...
One would think that with the current job market and high unemployment rates, recruiting employees for your operation would be as easy as putting a Help Wanted sign in the window. Think again. Quality employees are hard to...
The more you know about your customers, the better you can connect with them and understand their needs. There are some publicly available characteristics about people in your market area (income, home value, education)...
You’d think the goal for the credit and collection department is to find ways to reject new customers and drive away old ones, based on the use by most growers of traditional DSO (days sales outstanding) and bad debt...
When working with grower and retailer clients to help them improve their performance and craft a marketing or business plan, one of the first questions I ask the owner is, “What is the single most important thing your...
Aquilegia, commonly known as columbine, is one of the best-known, old-fashioned perennials that still delivers great appeal in today’s gardens, and thanks to breeding improvements, this genus keeps getting better. The...
Calandiva, an exclusive pot plant bred from Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, can be easily grown like most standard kalanchoes. Its most striking features are the rose-shaped flowers and unique look. Calandiva produces a large,...
Horti Fair –Bridget White Perhaps it’s because when you’re in a strange environment, you seek out familiar things. Regardless, the International Horti Fair 2003, the name with which the former NTV is now known, hosted the...
The National Poinsettia Variety Trials evaluate the newest varieties to provide growers with information on how to produce them and compare them with older standard varieties, which you can find in the February 2004 issue...
Those of you in the South, where spring is already starting, are probably looking at your benches full of geraniums and wondering what I could possibly be talking about. The crop looks fine, orders are shipping on schedule...
Downy mildew on impatiens has been recently diagnosed in Michigan. Growers visiting from the United Kingdom last November mentioned that they had experienced a severe outbreak of downy mildew on hybrid impatiens earlier in...
Arctotis Arctotis has a compact habit, silver leaves and a high flower count from April through November. It performs best in full sun and prefers a well-drained peat/perlite media mix that is slightly acidic — with a pH of...
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