September 2004
Sedum ‘Voodoo’ offers perennial producers great versatility with their marketing strategies, as this perennial can be used in numerous ways. Its branching habit, combined with its intense red leaf color forms an...
The first calibrachoas were introduced only 12 years ago, but this has already become an important spring crop. Its rapid growth has been both because calibrachoas are popular with consumers and because they have a good...
It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of the cost of heating a greenhouse is incurred at night. Given the long nights of winter in the North, heating is clearly a major cost in plant production. In addition, the...
Powdery mildew is one of the most common types of diseases on ornamentals. Some common hosts include rose, gerbera daisy, salvia, pansy, hydrangea, begonia, African violet, crape myrtle, delphinium, zinnia, azalea, sunflower...
This year was a good year for a lot of crops and not such a good year for others. In common with other year’s results we saw a few common markers that separate performance in the Sunbelt from performance in more Northern...
Yoder Expands Product Mix Yoder Brothers has reached a tentative agreement to acquire four of the five potted plant crops from Earl J. Small Growers, Pinellas Park, Fla. Under terms of the agreement, Yoder will acquire all...
The CapMat is just one of more than 32,000 products that Hummert International offers. Bill Eskes horticulturist and technical adviser of Hummert International, Springfield, Mo. explained why this capillary matting product...
People over the centuries have been captivated by the striking blue hues that adorn the towering spikes we refer to as delphinium. One of the traditional problems with growing older types of delphinium is the fact that, like...
Here it is September already! Wow, this summer has sure flown by fast. Here in the Chicago area we really didn’t have much of a summer, as we had the 4th coolest summer on record. So, we were already thinking fall back in...
While ‘Freedom Red’ was the most important poinsettia variety in most of the country over the past 10 years or so, heat delay was not a topic that was discussed very much. However, with ‘Prestige’ becoming such a popular...
The popularity of ornamental grasses has soared in recent years. In the garden, they can be bold, natural, textural and graceful — truly adding a “new” look to mixed containers, gardens and landscapes. In ever increasing...
With fuel prices escalating this fall, now is a good time to evaluate how efficiently you are using the growing space in your greenhouses. The cost of providing the right environment is the same whether you are utilizing 50...
One of the great things about trade shows is all the interesting news you hear while walking around and talking to people — this company is going out of business, or so-and-so is moving to another company or that company...
The retail sales environment…Recent government indicators show that consumer confidence, the usual barometer of the consumers’ faith in the future (including job security, political stability and the economy) and a predictor...