October 2007
I was surfing the Net recently to see what was going on in the world when I came across an item about a computer game that “teaches genetics in the greenhouse.” I clicked on the item to learn about the game Plant Tycoon, a...
How hot do you keep your greenhouse? After analyzing heating prices, it may be more appropriate to cool it down a bit. Depending on your location and the type of flowers you grow, it can be surprisingly beneficial to keep...
Q What’s new in ornamental fungicides? A This is a question I am actually asked quite frequently and one I hate to hear because it makes me think. During the past year, we have seen two new products reach the U.S. market —...
Leaves dropping off plants, brown blotches on leaves and stunted seedling: all telltale symptoms of downy mildew on coleus. Both seed and vegetatively propagated types are susceptible. The brown or blighted areas on diseased...
Water can create problems inside and around the greenhouse. Inside, keeping floors dry helps prevent accidents and lowers disease potential. Outside, efficient handling of rain and surface water reduces the potential for...
As hurricane season comes to an end, you may be feeling quite relieved that this year was much more calm than past years. One of the biggest challenges growers face is the unpredictable weather. In 1992, plenty of growers...
If you decided to build a greenhouse or currently own a greenhouse, it’s likely that the question of what methods are available for cooling the inside of it will arise. One main purpose for building a greenhouse structure is...
...The New Future? I attended a Distinguished Lecturer presentation at Texas A&M recently; the featured speaker was Anna Ball, president and CEO of the Ball Horticultural Co. Anna is an industry visionary rooted in...
With its ease of production and first-year flowering, the Tutti Frutti series is a great addition to commercial perennial programs. Other commercially beneficial attributes include uniform flowering, a long bloom time, great...
The garden performance of Salvia farinacea is well known. They are anchors of many landscapes north and south. Their ease of production is just as well known. Growers happily produce farinaceas by the tens-of-thousands...
The size and height of potted poinsettias sometimes need to be increased to meet target height specifications, especially for larger container sizes. One option is to deliver a positive DIF, in which the day temperature is...
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