March 2008
Spring is just days away. By now, I am sure your greenhouses are buzzing with activity as you begin to pack the benches with all your latest varieties for the 2008 season. But March is also a time for many of you to do...
You have to love the names: cuphea ‘Totally Tempted’, dahlia ‘Knockout’ (Mystic Illusion), plectranthus ‘Cerveza ’n Lime’, Salvia splendens ‘Dancing Flame’… Each year, dozens of new plants are released with wonderfully...
Q What is this, and how do I get rid of it? A You wouldn’t believe what people will bring to me in a jar or bag — all manner of containers — and want me to identify it following one of my presentations. I know my...
How poinsettia consumers respond to cultivars should be an important factor in deciding which cultivars to produce and retail. As a part of the National Poinsettia Trials, consumers are surveyed annually at Homewood Nursery...
Today, in many parts of the United States, these are indeed “the times that try growers’ souls.” Whether faced with restricted access to water, increasingly tight regulations or other water quality issues, the effective...
The term “weed” is purely an economic expression that means “a plant out of place.” If you don’t want a particular plant to grow in a given place, it is a weed. When growers talk about weeds, they generally refer to certain...
Arabis caucasica, commonly referred to as rock cress, is a delicate cool-season perennial often produced by growers for early spring sales. As the common name implies, rock cress is widely planted in rock gardens, but also...
Successful pot culture of callas begins with purchasing quality “grower” product. “Grower” callas should be young and vigorous with several growing points or “eyes” showing on the tuber. It is also important to purchase...
Light has been a limiting factor in the production of greenhouse crops for many growers in the past several months. Now that spring is upon us, the days are getting longer, and the intensity of light from the sun is also...