May 2002
Flower bulbs comprise a significant proportion of spring production in many North American greenhouses. Their quick greenhouse time, close spacing and “green” reputation (little fertilization required, limited pest problems...
When you think of carnations, you probably think South America. But before we started importing cut flowers from our neighbors, Colorado was the leader in carnation production in the United States. With such a carnation...
As tradition dictates, the 2003 winners for next year’s growing season have been chosen from the following: All-America Selections, Fleuroselect and All-America Rose Selections. Judges for all three associations used a...
Petunia x hybridia Hort. is one of many members of the family Solanaceae grown primarily as an ornamental plant, and the most economically important ornamental member of this family due to its horticultural value. It is a...
Most everyone who has been to Hawaii has picked up a “Ti Log.” It’s one of those souvenirs we bring back to prove we’ve been places, and while many of us have grown this plant at one time or another, its use has waned in the...
During the Victorian period, flowers were associated with emotions, strengths or moral qualities. Several legends in the naming of the flower forget-me-not suggest everlasting friendship, remembrance and eternal love. These...
Controlling fertilizer and water use and runoff is a necessity for some businesses due to their proximity to environmentally sensitive natural areas or water sources. Reducing water and fertilizer use for many businesses,...
Everyone strives for labor efficiency, whether operating a greenhouse alone or with the help of many employees. A good starting point in evaluating labor efficiency is to collect data on which operations require the greatest...
To effectively implement a mite management program, you must first identify the mite species, understand its life cycle and determine whether populations are at an economically damaging threshold. This is accomplished...
It never ceases to amaze me that when business gets tough, companies generally take one of the following actions: Either they cease or decrease their advertising because they “can’t afford it” or they increase their...
Last month’s article focused on options for material movement when growing on the floor, but what about growing on bench systems? Creating the proper environment for crops should be the single most important criterion when...
The leaves of this Begonia rex variety twist and curl in a spiral reminiscent of a snail’s shell — thus the name ‘Escargot’. It has a small, white flower but is mainly grown for its outstanding foliage. The plant was...
Spring is finally here. Product is flying off the retail shelves, growers are starting to settle down a bit, the California Pack Trials have come and gone and the Marketing Innovation Award winners are being announced....