November 2003
I know, I know, but I love this plant. I think there is still a lot of room for new cultivars and new forms. Cut me a little slack, and I promise I won't be back to this crop for at least. . . six months. We were doing some...
Wouldn't it be nice if you had about 135 different options for mealybug control like I had options for governor a few months ago? Yes, that's right, I live in California. If you had that many options, you would be just as...
Increasingly, greenhouse growers are applying plant growth retardants to bedding plants during the plug stage. Spraying plants when they are in the plug stage is a very efficient way to treat them, since there are so many in...
Over the past decade, the agrochemical industry has developed a range of safer products. These new crop protection tools are much more selective against target pests, exhibit low human toxicity and have minimal impact on the...
Early spring is a hard time for gardeners because the days have gotten warmer and the inactivity of winter is pushing you to get something planted out in the garden. The call to get planting before the threat of frost has...
January 01, 2009
Selecting the correct product for the job is very important to the success of a pest management program, but equally important is the equipment and application technique used to apply the pesticide. To help select the right...
Now that I have the chance to explain to you what is new in the disease control sphere, I find myself thinking that you might not have taken advantage of what was new last year, or the year before last. The flower industry...
Primula obconica, sometimes referred to as German primrose has soft, pastel-colored flowers in shades of white, pink, orange, purple or lilac. This primrose is attractive as a flowering potted plant or mixed with other...
Festuca 'Boulder Blue' is an outstanding cultivar of ornamental grass. Although it is new to the commercial perennial trade, Boulder Blue was actually selected more than 25 years ago by plantsman Ted Keuttel of Golden, Colo...
Each year when we do this special chemical section in GPN, I'm a little envious of the insect and disease folks; they always seem to have new stuff to talk about. New plant growth regulators (PGR) just do not come along as...
Invest now to save later -- the industry's market message is clear. It is safe to say that our industry is moving forward and taking advantage of new technologies. More than ever there is demand for new equipment and...
With so many products available on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Getting the most for your dollar, especially with an uncertain economy, is a concern for small and large growers alike. The...
In the past few years, Terra Nova Nurseries has produced a number of new pulmonaria, focusing on garden-worthiness combined with the appeal of improved leaf contrast, superior flower size and colors, and powdery mildew...
Sol Price, who founded Price Club that has morphed into today's Costco, was fanatical on a business principle he called "the intelligent loss of business." The concept behind this principle was that by continuously analyzing...
Everyone makes mistakes once in a while, so when I learned that the ivy pictured in last month's "Perennial Solutions" was not Hedera helix 'Duck Foot', I cringed, but I wasn't too surprised. Everyone makes mistakes. There...
Most growers are starting to ship poinsettias and finish up the fall season. Last spring is a distant memory, but you still need to make decisions about next spring and beyond. Many growers cannot make decisions about the...