October 2008
October 2008
The National Gardening Association recently released two different studies that might help give you a pretty good idea of what consumers are purchasing in the lawn and garden and landscape services sectors — or where and how...
During the hot, humid summer months, gardeners want plants that will flourish with little maintenance or care. At the University of Florida trial garden, we put the plants through their paces. Cultivars are planted in late...
Even though it is only October, and fall mums, pansies and asters are still making their way off of the retail shelves, the holiday season is just around the corner. But by now, you have planted your poinsettias and other...
Well, the economic pundits are now saying that the recovery in consumer spending won’t occur until the second half of 2009, at the earliest. New home construction has come to a grinding halt, existing home sales are still...
Hoop houses and cool greenhouses have become increasingly important to specialty cut flower growers. For field cut flower growers, hoop house production extends the production season and protects cut flowers from rain and...
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) are used as biological control agents to regulate a variety of insect pests. The two most commonly used and commercially available genera, Steinernema and Heterorhabditis, have a broad insect...
Are you looking for an eye-catching plant that is sure to get everyone’s attention? With its incredible display of bright-yellow, fluted blooms, coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’ may be the plant you are looking for. ‘Jethro Tull’ is...
What are the common nutritional problems in your greenhouse? Do you have problems like those shown in Figure 1 with crops like petunias or calibrachoa, or are the problems like those shown in Figure 2 with crops like...
The parking lot of the Home Depot store in Columbia, Md., looks like just about any other suburban Home Depot. But when you enter this store’s lawn and garden department, it is like you have walked out of a big box retailer...
Tesco Plans “Pensioner-Friendly” Stores Tesco, a British retailer and owner of new U.S. Fresh & Easy food markets, is planning to open a new concept store dubbed “pensioner-friendly” that will cater to the over-50 crowd...
Businesses making claims about their goods, products or services need to understand what they can and cannot say. The recent surge in “green marketing” has left many firms searching for the right words to demonstrate and...
The verbena Corsage series is the first double-flowered verbena in the world available from cutting production. The series was bred exclusively for Cohen by Breier in Israel. The first two Corsage varieties, Peach and Red,...
Q We had downy mildew in our coleus crop this past spring. Is there a risk in carrying over stock plants this fall even though they are not showing any signs or symptoms of disease? AAs tempting as it may be to hold onto...
Production of flowering plants in large containers and hanging baskets continues to increase. Among the challenges in producing mixed containers are identifying which plants to combine and how to control plant growth of some...
Sorting through the new introductions from Pack Trials and deciding which cultivars to add to next spring’s production schedule is never an easy task. You want to use cultivars that have appeal at retail and provide good...
Not long ago, I was in a spirited conversation with my wife about the attributes, qualities and our individual concerns regarding both presidential candidates. While neither of us has made up our mind completely, one thing...
Knowledge is power. And cultural knowledge is especially powerful when it comes to managing your Latino/a workforce. Several greenhouse managers have shared with me their frustration when it comes to communicating with their...
How are skyrocketing energy costs impacting your overall business? “The most significant impact over the past year has been felt in the cost of transportation. We have yet to realize the full impact of the recent energy cost...
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