March 2006
It seems like forever ago, but when I first entered the industry, a grower I met while on my very first greenhouse visit warned me that I was getting involved with a strange bunch of people. Nice, but certainly more than a...
Growers are always looking for the next breakthrough in crops, something that brings a new look, and a new price point, to their businesses. Once you have been in the industry long enough, you begin to see that certain...
As any retailer or grower will tell you, marketing is as much — or more — an art as it is a science. Certainly growers can keep track of which poinsettia cultivars and colors are sold each year and use that information to...
Over the past 30 years, I’ve managed all kinds of greenhouses and a common characteristic has been their modest size — smaller or equal to 2,500 sq.ft. Insect problems can be challenging because a grower can experience...
There is plenty of discussion among business owners about testing job applicants before they are hired, but is it really all that easy, effective and necessary? Most owners and managers rely on the application or resume,...
The efficiency, capacity and versatility of most mechanized plant-handling systems depend on the right materials being in the right place at the right time. Whether supplying soil or pots to a filling machine or moving...
Florida is the largest U.S. foliage producer, with annual wholesale sales exceeding $300 million. While wholesale foliage is grown in many parts of the state, the Apopka area (just north of Orlando) and the Homestead area (...
Phlox paniculata is most recognized by its long-lasting display of fragrant, intensely colored flower clusters during mid-summer. This old fashioned perennial also is commonly known as garden phlox or tall phlox. Because of...
From large to small and round to square, plant tags come in all shapes, sizes and styles. With the large variety available, it is important to note that not all tags are created equal. Some have interesting designs or...
Q What is the recommended mesh size for anti-thrips screening? A Years ago, we measured some morphological features of various pest species in ornamentals and correlated them with the hole sizes of various types of exclusion...
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