September 2009
September 2009
Last year, as the economy began to head south, the industry buzz about sustainability quieted down considerably. Many growers turned their attention to nothing but dollars and cents and kind of back-burnered their...
In today’s economy, growers of all shapes and sizes are constantly looking for ways to improve all of their operational efficiencies and get the most out of their business. For big growers, that can be quite a challenge. But...
We are now a year into the credit crisis. Many lending institutions that were good partners in the past are now more focused on preserving and building their capital. Maintaining and building capital is what banks are all...
Now that it is September and college students are returning to campus, GPN and Nexus Greenhouse Corp. are again looking for that one special student to be the 2010 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year. This is the 11th year that GPN...
September 03, 2009
Today’s uncertain economy has many growers wondering when they should invest in building a new greenhouse. If you look at many of the different factors that go into this decision, there is no time like the present. The...
This might seem preposterous, but some economists say it’s highly possible that the recession  — which began in December 2007 — ended months ago. The “end” of a recession typically refers to the month when...
August 28, 2009
Experience continues to confirm the energy-saving benefits of cold growing. Syngenta Flowers’ research reveals more specific results and how this technique could be viable for your operation. In recent years, growing...
Targeting Consumers at the Point of Purchase Everyone agrees that, in a tough economy, getting potential customers to step into a store is half the battle. Once they’re in the door, nudging them to complete a purchase,...
New GMA Corn Not for the Food Chain Since their inception, genetically modified crops were targeted toward farmers producing the world’s food supply. Soybeans that can be sprayed with herbicides, corn that resists insects...
As the recession really took hold, I thought retail sales in spring 2009 would be much more negative. But based on numerous discussions, industry articles and blogs, these categories seemed to enjoy a healthy spring. We...
A number of different plant growth regulators are applied to influence the architecture (such as height and branching), flowering or postharvest performance of greenhouse crops. Most of these chemicals can be successfully...
A more sustainable future doesn’t have to come through sweeping operational overhauls. With that in mind, 2009 GPN/OFA Sustainability Progress Award winner Van Wingerden Greenhouses has made precise business tweaks and a...
PGR applications on poinsettias can become a little difficult during the month of October: Plants are often growing rapidly, but we want to avoid putting on too much PGR, which might affect bract development. Here are some...
September 01, 2009
Grower/retailers already have a lot on their plates. Knowing your display-fixture options before you dive into the investment could save you a headache. Display fixtures are often seen as a necessary evil in the industry. As...
Landscape gerbera is a selection of patio plants selected for their habit, flower size, colors and abundant flowering. The varieties are suitable for outside as well as inside use. The flowers can be cut and placed in a vase...
Chrysanthemum white rust is caused by the fungus Puccinia horiana. Chrysanthemums are the only type of plant infected by this rust fungus, but the disease can spread rapidly in a greenhouse or nursery, resulting in severe...
The lousy economy has retailers of all types changing the way they plan and operate their businesses, and many of these changes will have a significant impact on their suppliers, like you. But while we know something’s...
With its ease of production and blooming characteristics, dianthus continues its popularity as a mainstream perennial for growers, landscapers, and gardeners alike. ‘Coconut Punch’ is the result of the breeding efforts of...