September 2002
Hydroponics was once thought simply to be the growing of plants without soil. It has since evolved into a science--the growing of plants in a nutrient solution with or without an inert medium such as gravel, sand, peat,...
In 1988, research conducted by Dr. Jim Barrett at the University of Florida demonstrated the potential of Bonzi (paclobutrazol) drenches for poinsettia height control. This technique proved to be particularly effective when...
Glancing down at the toilet, you probably don't give much thought to the fate of the swirling water as it flushes out of sight. Did you know, for example, that an estimated 1.7 billion gallons of wastewater are reused every...
The good guys, spray wand in hand, have finally chased away the deadly monsters. They have won the battle and are catching their breath when all of a sudden the monsters reappear, and they are off again, fighting for their...
We have been plagued with resistance problems in the ornamental industry for several years. My first exposure to resistance was when the leafminer, Liriomyza trifolii, became resistant to the broad spectrum of insecticides...
With the new Hello! Dahlia, you can say goodbye to past problems associated with seed dahlia, including double-sowing to avoid low and inconsistent germination rates. Hello! offers exceptional germination rates, excellent...
Have you every walked into a greenhouse early in the morning on a cool, crisp spring or fall day, slammed the door behind you and found yourself soaking wet? You look up to try to find the source of this indoor precipitation...
The Native American perennial heuchera has become one of the hottest, most must-have perennial plants for today's gardens. Heucheras belong to the family Saxifragaceae, which includes many other popular perennials such as...
Hang on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen, the ride is about to get wild and wooly! Though I've heard a few (very few!) people say that spring 2002 was a decent season for horticulture sales, the majority of growers and...
In my many travels visiting growers and giving talks, one of the most common questions I am asked is: Where can I find a grower? If I know of someone looking for another job, I am happy to make the referral because many open...
January 01, 2009
Problem: A mid-sized grower with an isolated market that is being served by several larger producers who compete on price. Solution: Extremely high-quality plants that are grown 100 percent on spec with a first-come, first-...
One of your most productive employees hobbles up to you with a sore back. "It's been hurting ever since I moved that puncher to the other side of the greenhouse," he says. "I think I need to go to the doctor." What do you do...
This year's Ohio Florists' Association trade show was, as usual, a mind-boggling mix of new crops and production technology. The educational program was stuffed with great speakers, and I admire anyone who can attend this...
A few months ago, June to be exact, Cornell University sent a call to the industry — a call to deal with one of our most pressing issues — a call to discuss profitability. Approximately 100 growers, academics and...
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