September 2007
September 2007
I’ve spent a lot of time on the road over the past few weeks, attending different trade shows, visiting growers, going to open houses at some of the breeders, and checking out a lot of different garden centers and big boxes...
Gaillardia adorns its native North and South American habitats and cultivated gardens with daisy-like flowers of red and yellow, which resemble vibrant-colored blankets created by American Indians. Hence, gaillardia has been...
When it comes to selecting a miticide to control spider mites or “mites” in the greenhouse or outdoors, there is oftentimes confusion that all miticides are similar in terms of their use patterns and the range of mites that...
One of the simplest and most cost-effective measures to improve fan performance in a greenhouse doesn’t entail adding extra fans but maintaining the ones already running. While growers will spend extraordinary amounts of...
With the increasing demand for ornamental grasses and the popularity of the annual purple fountain grass pennisetum ‘Rubrum’, the perennial red switch grass Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Fire’ is well-positioned to catch on like...
There are a lot of numbers floating around in the marketplace today. Numbers representing sales, numbers representing jobs and numbers representing spending are pervasive in newspapers and on the Web. And you know how tricky...
When you walk into the reception area at Tagawa Greenhouses in Brighton, Colo., one of the first things you see is the company’s “Shared Vision” statement hanging on the wall. On that poster it says, “Tagawa Greenhouses will...
When meeting with other growers and retailers, I often get the opportunity to discuss ideas about labor management and compare notes and philosophies on how to get the most out of our number-one expense and number-one asset...
Q When I make treatment decisions for mites, can I consider the Eriophyid mites and the Tarsonemid mites as if they are the same? A This is a very thoughtful question and shows the grower knew there was a difference between...
It is never easy to predict how successful your spring season will be due to many factors such as weather, consumer preferences and input costs. But each year, GPN surveys a group of growers to gauge what kinds of problems...
Much has been written about the need to sell not just product, but the purchase experience to consumers. I wholeheartedly support this philosophy! Focusing on selling just product puts all the pressure on price as the key...
Approximately 10,000 floriculture professionals met in Columbus, Ohio, in July for the annual OFA Short Course, sponsored by OFA — an Association of Floriculture Professionals. The theme was “Learn, Grow and Be Inspired,”...
The Mini-Me series of petunias from Cohen Nursery of Israel is bred by Breier in Israel and is available exclusively through Cohen. The concept of the Mini-Me petunia series is to present a natural petunia that will give the...
The flowering of many cold-hardy herbaceous perennials is initiated by an extended period of cold, known as a vernalization treatment. Some perennials will not flower without a cold treatment, while others flower more...
Growing high-quality, salable plants at a profit is a challenge for every grower. That means every phase of the plant production process must be consistent and predictable. The plant breeder’s role in this process can really...
Giant U.K. Retailer Comes to America Tesco PLC, which operates a retail chain in the United Kingdom is planning to enter Wal-Mart’s home turf — even though the United States is considered over-crowded with stores. This fall...
“Spring” often makes the public think of blooming flowers and the beautiful hint of warmer weather after winter. However, this time frame can be very challenging for growers, with variable weather conditions, heating and...
The USDA’s annual survey of the floriculture industry caused considerable concern when it was released in July. The numbers indicated a 4-percent decrease in the wholesale value of all floriculture crops from 2005 to 2006 (...
As I look back at the summer, there is one topic that stood out at every meeting, every trade show and even some buyers’ meetings — sustainability. How do we make money satisfying the ultimate consumer with sustainable...