October 2004
If it’s October, it must be time for odds and ends! This is my time to talk about a few things that don’t take up enough space for an entire column. Let me know what you think, or if you have some other odds and ends you...
In Part I (GPN September 2004) we discussed what happens to plant growth when we grow crops cooler. Here, we will discuss how dropping temperature affects diseases and insects. In addition, to help you decide if there is a...
Franks Nursery Files For Chapter 11 Again After weeks of falling stock prices, withholding payments and speculation of trouble, Franks Nursery & Crafts, Inc. announced that it filed for Chapter 11 voluntary liquidation...
Cut flowers vary greatly in their sensitivity to ethylene, with symptoms such as flower, bud and leaf abscission; bud abortion; rapid flower senescence; epinasty; and decreased vase life. Concentrations as low as 100 ppb and...
Whiteflies can be difficult pests to manage, especially in greenhouses where they enjoy a high-quality food supply, favorable environmental conditions and minimal protection from natural enemies. Whiteflies damage a number...
While visiting a grower the other day and going over his crop of pansies, mums, and flowering kale and cabbage, the main comment I had was that the plants looked like they needed more feed for growth to cover up the pots....
What is the first location that comes to mind for offshore cutting production? Costa Rica? Guatemala? Israel? Probably not Mexico. You just don’t hear a lot about cuttings originating in Mexico, despite the country’s status...
Growers are biologists, plant-lovers, engineers, artists, mechanics and gardeners, but most of us are not accountants. As a result, many greenhouse businesses struggle with the concept of cost accounting; yet the need to run...
Having had a big interest in these plants for many years, it is great to see so many improvements in both seed and vegetative “hardy” hibiscus. Most growers will identify with the Disco Belle series that basically took over...
Like many, many other people, I never mix politics and business. Yes, I have a party affiliation. Yes, I keep abreast of current events. Yes, I vote in every election. Yes, I often have strong feelings about the candidates...
Gaura lindheimeri has become known as a plant that offers growers and gardeners great versatility and resiliency throughout a wide range of the country. Due to the popularity of perennials and increased interest in gaura,...
Zinnia is one of the most popular summer garden annuals due to its bright colors and ease of culture; however, it is also prone to many diseases — most notably powdery mildew, —that have limited its use as a bedding plant....
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On September 8, 2004 Franks Nursery filed Chapter 11 for the second time in a little over two years and announced that it will close all 169 stores by Christmas and liquidate all assets for the benefit of its secured...
Torenia The torenia Moon series has five new color additions, doubling its offerings. ‘Honey Moon’ is just one of the five new color additions to the series. Honey Moon, a distinctive pink color, is a single flower spreading...
Mode of action or mode of activity refers to how a pesticide — in this case, an insecticide or miticide — affects the metabolic and physiological processes in an insect or mite. Greenhouse producers, in order to sustain...
It is a subject that comes up time and time again — water. In 2002 many growers in the United States had to overcome drought, trying to conserve water or altering crop selection by growing more drought-tolerant varieties....
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