October 2005
For years now, our industry has been very focused on the mass merchandisers — what they do to price, how much business they drive, which growers they are using and, most recently, what their move to pay-by-scan will mean....
New Guinea impatiens breeding for greenhouse and landscape performance has tremendously improved over the past two decades. At the Penn State Trials this past summer there were more than 100 great-performing cultivars in...
Like all of you, I’ve been mesmerized in a macabre sort of way over the past several weeks with all of the very graphic, at times almost surreal, images on television showing the power, fury and total devastation wreaked by...
To feed, or not to feed — that is the question greenhouse producers contemplate for every crop. Am I using enough fertilizer? Can I use more without jeopardizing the crop? What are the ramifications of too much fertilizer?...
Bulb crops are an important segment in the yearly rotation for a greenhouse. They help fill the gap between the poinsettia and bedding plant seasons. The short cropping time and limited amount of bench space required for a...
The genus campanula contains more than 300 species, many of which are of Northern origins. Campanula species are commonly referred to as bellflowers and can add a great splash of blue, white or red to any perennial garden....
For the past month, we have been watching the devastation Hurricane Katrina caused on the Gulf Coast. People lost their homes, jobs and, most importantly, family members. The damage is extensive, and everyone, including area...
Each year, many new lily hybrid cultivars are introduced to the market, mainly for use as cut flowers, and long stem length is an obvious characteristic of cut flowers. These cultivars, when grown as pot plants, require...
The demand for new crops in the American market is skyrocketing beyond the ability of universities and industry to keep up. The independent plant breeder is now a key source for new plant introductions. Independently...
Sedum, also known as stonecrop, is a popular, well-known perennial garden plant. The succulent leaves, sturdy stems and massive flower heads have earned the plant a spot on many landscapers’ “must have” lists. Besides their...
Wow, this has been a crazy month or so! Since Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast, we have been bombarded with pictures of the devastation, misery and relief efforts. Unless you were actually in the areas of...