March 2005
It is here again — the California Pack Trials. If you’ve gone before, you know how beneficial it is. If you haven’t gone, let me tell you…this trip is one you won’t forget, for a few reasons: 1) It is a nice road trip if...
Discipline is an unpleasant responsibility. Parents, teachers, coaches and employers are likely to agree. Doing it poorly only compounds the unpleasantness. Doing it well, however, reduces employer frustration, increases...
Resistance management is a strategy often emphasized to preserve the effectiveness of currently available insecticides, miticides, fungicides and herbicides. Although the concept of resistance is usually associated with...
In 2004, we conducted osteosper-mum/African daisy trials in our departmental greenhouses on the Columbus campus for the seventh consecutive year. We evaluated 26 entries from four source companies in the trial period from...
Management of soil-borne diseases is critical in greenhouse and nursery production. Soil-borne diseases are caused by the pathogens Pythium and Rhizoctonia (damping off), Thielaviopsis (black root rot) and several other...
Propagation of herbaceous perennials may be accomplished by a number of techniques. One of the most frequently used techniques is stem or tip cuttings. Stem cuttings are frequently taken from vigorously growing plants,...
If only we knew what consumers wanted. Imagine being able to order and grow only the cultivars needed in the quantities required. Since that isn’t possible, we try to do the next best thing — decide what the consumers want...
I recently wrote an article for our sister publication Lawn & Garden Retailer. In it, I suggested independent garden centers get involved in their communities, primarily to promote their businesses while giving to those...
Over the last few months, I cannot tell you how many people have asked about how my field-grown summer cut flower business did. A lot of people must read my monthly column and are definitely interested in how my cut flower...
I was lucky enough to get a chance to go to Holland this year, which was a first for me. I accompanied 28 students through nurseries and the Aalsmeer Flower auction. Dutch floriculture is something everyone in our industry...
Maybe I was really bored after a few months of no travel, maybe I was temporarily insane, maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment, but this year, I added a new trade show/conference to my schedule. So in the midst of January...
Hiemalis begonias have been a popular semi-shade basket plant for many years. Now, breeding break-throughs, such as the Solenia series, have given growers hiemalis-type begonias that finish faster, are mildew resistant and...
Nepeta ‘Blue Ice’ is a new introduction of catmint that offers growers several improvements over the older, more commonly grown Nepeta x faassenii cultivars. ‘Blue Ice’ is extra compact, reaching only 6-10 inches tall and...