May 2004
For the past nine years, most of you have known me through my consulting with greenhouse operations, speaking at seminars and writing articles in trade journals. These areas have kept me very busy and allowed me to meet a...
As I wrote last month (see “Dear Diary,” April 2004 GPN), Jim Barrett, University of Florida, and I were lucky enough to travel to Central America earlier this year to tour stock and seed production at the 10 farms of our...
Growers around the country face a decision when producing bedding plants for the Deep South and similar climates around the world. There, flowers may flourish year-round; however, the moderate to high temperatures and ample...
Floral Plant Growers. Not the most well-known name in floriculture, but this Denmark, Wis.-based company is one to watch for. In just eight short years, the company has expanded to approximately 2.7 million sq.ft. and five...
Sudden Oak Death Hits with a Vengeance Since the announcement of the 2004 P. ramorum, commonly called Sudden Oak Death (SOD), outbreak in California in mid-March, there has been new information flowing in every week about...
This year’s winter trials were a real learning experience here in Florida. We had a series of night temperatures around 20-22º F, and that really impacted results and performance of almost all entries. The purpose of the...
There is a place in nearly every landscape design for ornamental grasses. Perhaps the most suitable and versatile ornamental grasses are the pennisetum cultivars. Pennisetum varieties range in size from 6 inches to 8 feet...
Pansy The Colossus series has 3 1?2- to 4-inch, upward-facing blooms. Its tight, dense plant habit with shorter internodes and small leaves results in less stretch, even in warm production conditions. In packs, it reaches 3...
The Fresh Look series offers season long garden color. ‘Fresh Look Red’ and ‘Fresh Look Yellow’ thrive in the summer heat and humidity with drought and rain tolerance, making them perfect for mass planting in beds or mixed...
Recently I spoke with a retail florist who was lamenting about the demise of his sales over the past few years. After researching some of the data available in the American Floral Endowment/Ipsos-Insight Consumer Tracking...
Creating unique tags, stakes, signs and labels using on-site printing technology has gained popularity in the industry. The XTRA 5 thermal transfer printer from Horticultural Printers’ OnSyte printing division is the latest...
Making pesticide application decisions based on pest counts and action thresholds is part of integrated pest management, which has been promoted throughout the green industry for the past few decades. Counting pests and...
Carrying on the tradition, All America Selections, All America Rose Selections, Fleuro-select and FloraStar have selected the variety winners for the 2005 growing season. Each variety has been judged based on a standardized...
Pythium species are a group of important pathogens of floral crops. Pythium diseases are typically soilborne and are difficult to control once a plant is infected or soil/soilless mixes are contaminated. These diseases...
Overwintering pansies — a new development? Not by any means. However, it is fairly new to retailers and consumers, as they were typically unaware that pansies overwinter. But their awareness has increased with the help of a...
Last month, I attended a new conference, the Hardlines Technology Forum sponsored by the American Hardware Manufacturer’s Association, who used to sponsor the National Hardware Show and now has its own show. And despite...
The potential for unauthorized use of pesticides has prompted new concerns about storage and security. Now may be a good time to review your storage practices to see if they meet current guidelines. Proper storage can...