October 2001
As consumers rediscover the ease and beauty of perennials and start to clamor for more varieties, growers must find ways to control the growth of this sometimes unruly group. Plant growth regulators (PGRs) can be an...
There is both good and bad news in spider mite management. If you are like me, you prefer to get the bad news out of the way first. If you would like to read the good news first, skip the first three paragraphs and read them...
With the recent demise of Suncoast Greenhouses in Seffner, Fla., I started thinking about the health, practices and problems of the plug industry. Now, when you see my name connected to a plug article, you expect to see...
If you talk to a grower, one of the most costly problems mentioned is the high electric bill. For most greenhouse operations, the electric bill is about 5-10 percent of the total energy cost and covers such items as the...
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the National Agricultural Statistics Service survey, the first multi-state nursery production survey of its kind. It is meant to supplement the more comprehensive...
Rich, purple, velvety leaves make Gynura aurantiaca an irresistible plant to touch and buy. Not surprisingly, gynura is known as the purple velvet plant or, more imaginatively, the purple passion plant. The genus gynura...
Caterpillars, the larval/immature stage of moths and butterflies, are generally not considered a major pest of greenhouse-grown crops. However, during summer through fall, moths can enter greenhouses through doors, vents and...
Root rots – Pythium, Phytophthora and Rhizoctonia – are well-known enemies of flowering plants. Some root rots start with the fungal spore Cylindrocarpon, which thrives under wet, soggy or over-saturated conditions. Other...
Have you ever wondered what consumers think about when they cannot find a salesperson to help them? What about when they see a garden project point-of-purchase display? The consumer can make or break a business, and with...
  I love the definition of a customer that I saw in a marketing textbook some years ago: "A customer is someone who has yet to find a better alternative." With all of the competition out there, both from within the...
Since I wrote to you last month, many changes have taken place – within us as individuals, within our country and within our industry. During a late August grower tour, I had the pleasure of meeting Terry Smith of Smith...
In recent years, greater demand has developed in the European and American pot plant market for solitary blooming products. There is also a clear social trend of people wanting to create their own floral arrangements. The...
The year 2001 will go down in history as a year of both tragedy and unity. Last month’s horrific attack of terrorism brought our nation and the world together and renewed a sense of national pride, patriotism and...
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