September 2006
September 2006
Fuel prices are going through the roof. We see it every day at gas stations with gas prices around $3 per gal. and when we receive winter oil deliveries at our homes. Our businesses are not immune to these upward trends,...
If I had a dollar for every time someone has called me asking for good statistics on the green industry…well, I wouldn’t be on a tropical isle, but I would definitely have the new pair of designer shoes I want. There is just...
Floriculture professionals from around the globe once again headed to Columbus, Ohio, for this year’s OFA Short Course held July 8-11. The OFA Short Course is known for its educational and trade show events and networking...
Pesticides are “formulated” in many ways, each with its own characteristics, to meet a wide array of pest control conditions/needs, application methods, applicator/environmental safety, handling/storage conditions and actual...
At the risk of sounding too trite, things are certainly changing in our industry right now. I know everyone feels like they have been through a lot the past few years, such as the rise of merchandising, supplier...
Even though use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology started as early as World War II, many people are still unaware of its possibilities. From tracking products to employee identification to fighting...
If you think an 8-year-old, 20-acre operation is not a “big grower,” just take a look at Hampshire, Ill.-based Hamp-shire Farms. In the company’s brief history, it has become Home Depot’s number-one perennial vendor in the...
  To Upscale Or Not Upscale? The high price of fuel coupled with the slowdown in housing is affecting consumers’ desire for upscale and luxury products. The prosperity of the last 10 years to upscale purchases has...
Some perennials just prefer life on the cool side. Luckily, many of these are great garden plants that also tolerate warmer summer temperatures. This can be of interest to Northern growers as energy prices continue to move...
Taking the pulse of the floriculture industry is not a simple task, but we wanted to gain some insight into what growers are thinking and doing. Earlier this year GPN partnered with OFA — an Association of Floriculture...
Normally, an individual retailer’s merchandising strategy change doesn’t warrant a lot of analysis or have potential for widespread impact on its suppliers…unless this change occurs at the largest retailer of live goods in...
You do not need a crystal ball to find a road to continued profitability in the nursery business: Just page through the most recent catalog from a California propagator working to create energy and enthusiasm — and a whole...
Doronicum ‘Little Leo’ delivers an abundance of cheerful, semi-double, daisy-like, bright-yellow flowers to the early spring landscape. With its ease of production and compact habit, many growers use this cultivar in early...
January 01, 2006
Many spore misconceptions exist among growers: The best protection from spore-related problems is to learn the facts and exercise good sanitation practices.   Today’s growers should beware. They are up against a lethal...
Shading plants from the sun and heat is necessary for many growers, but especially for those who grow in warmer, Southern climates like Blanco, Texas. Jimmy Klepac, owner of Klepac Green-houses, Inc., grows potted flowering...
Have you ever wondered how your company would be affected if something happened to you? What would happen to your business if your production manager suddenly fell ill and couldn’t work for several weeks, months or ever...
To achieve “Low Prices Everyday,” as its slogan declares, Wal-Mart has historically taken a no-frills, bare-bones approach to retailing, an approach that can certainly be seen in its garden centers. The company has held its...
On Aug. 14, Hines Horticulture Inc., the self-described leading operator of commercial nurseries in North America, filed its second-quarter earnings statement with the Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC). As soon as the...
Media-active plant growth regulators (PGRs) are very important in the production of many greenhouse crops. Unfortunately, all of them have potential residue issues that can cause problems later in production. Residue...
Senate Blocks Trifecta Bill In early August, the Senate blocked legislation — known as the trifecta bill — that included an estate tax cut, a set of tax breaks and a minimum wage increase. The proposed legislation spreads...
It’s September and time for school, football and final program planning. If you have waited until now to think about new products, you may have waited too long — but there may still be hope.   Defining What’s New As I...