Product Spotlight

February 28, 2001 - 01:00

Retractable roof


Jaderloon announces receipt of a patent on a natural ventilation greenhouse roof design. The inflatable, heatable, sealable and retractable roof design is patented under the name "roll-a-roof." This system operates on top of the greenhouse frame using ordinary polyethylene double-layer or single-layer covering.


The roofing system for greenhouses was designed to simplify natural roof ventilation. The roof both closes and inflates in a very short time by simply pushing a button. Jaderloon, Irmo, S.C.


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Garden center


With Stuppy’s System 2000 Garden Center, retailer growers can choose from a variety of interchangeable coverings, roof profiles and ventilation options to suit their needs while maintaining common column and truss spacing throughout. Natural ventilation is available through wing applications, rigid roof, sidewall and endwall vents and curtain systems. With common column and truss spacing, the system 2000 can be configured easily with walks, trolley systems, rolling benches, doors, fans and pad installations uniform through the range. Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing, N. Kansas City, Mo.


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Organic sulphur


Tiger Industries announces its new Tiger Organic Sulphur, which has been approved and registered as an organic fertilizer by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). Tiger Organic Sulphur can now be used to supply sulphur nutrition to organically grown crops, or as a soil amendment to release soil nutrients that have been tied up due to high phosphate or high soil pH levels. Tiger Industries, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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Plant growth enhancer


Calcium-25 was developed as an organic calcium source that also acts as a non-toxic plant growth enhancer. The product not only supplies necessary calcium, but it is absorbed differently than other calcium products.


When applied as directed, Calcium-25 causes a rapid increase in growth. This increase also causes an efficient increase in nutrient absorption from the soil. Bio-Gard Agronomics Inc., Falls Church, Va.


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Supply chain services


ASB Logistics has launched a new service designed to improve the management and distribution of live goods. ASB’s new supply chain service works through streamlining the distribution logistics and information sharing between plant growers and retailers.


One of the services offered is the creation of a centrally managed pool of shipping bins and carts for lease. Growers lease carts and bins from ASB. In turn, ASB tracks them through the distribution system, collecting them at retailer locations and redistributing them to growers.


This system utilizes hand-held scanner devices in conjunction with a barcode that carries an identification number associated with the contents of the cart or shipping bin. Both the grower and retailer have access to the inventory and distribution data via an easy-to-use, web-based interface that can be tailored to the specific needs of the users. ASB Logistics LLC, Geneva, Ill.


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Ornamental sage


The common sage, Salvia officinalis, has recently been selected as "Herb of the Year 2001." But this popular herb brings much more to the table than culinary uses. EuroAmerican Propagators offers four varieties that were specifically selected for their attractive foliage. The varieties ‘Icterina’, ‘Purpurascens’, ‘Tricolor’ and ‘Berggarten’ from the Incense ‘n’ Peppermints line spice up the herb market with their beautiful colors and variegation. They are classified as perennials and are hardy to USDA Zone 5. EuroAmerican Propagators, Bonsall, Calif.

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