April 2017

Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed

The Perennial Plant Association has chosen Asclepias tuberosa as Perennial Plant of the Year.

Connecting with the Landscape

The top landscape and garden elements that consumers are asking for this year are native plants, low-maintenance landscapes and food/vegetable gardens.

Crossroads: Using Pesticides Wisely

Using insecticides/fungicides/miticides/herbicides wisely will save on costs of crop production. When it comes time to use one of these products and you find yourself at a crossroad, what are you going to do?

Culture Report: Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath Red’

Are you interested in extending sales of this stunning variety into late summer months? Read on for fall production and combination guidelines.

Effective Release Methods of Predatory Mites

Success with predatory mites significantly depends on their introduction technique.

Greenhouse and Nursery Sanitation: An Obsessive Compulsive Commitment

Peter Konjoian and Judy McWhorter have been working on a project investigating a new generation quaternary ammonium product containing the active ingredient DDAC.

How Much Does It Cost to Sanitize Your Water?

This is the second in a three-part series covering research on the cost of irrigation water, including the water source and treatment with filtration and sanitation.

Hydroponic Media: Give Slab Production a Second Look

For growers implementing controlled environment methods for crops such as cannabis and edibles, new media options can maximize crop growth.

Predatory Mites That Eat Western Flower Thrips

Question: I want to implement a biological control program against Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis). I have heard of two predatory mites, Neoseiulus cucumeris and Amblyseius swirskii. Can you tell more about these?

Summer Trials: Top-Performing Seed Annuals — Part 2

Here is a continuation of last month’s evaluation of top seed performers from summer trials.

Trends, Trends Everywhere

How to simply and effectively find and capitalize on key trends.
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