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'Festival Pink Lady'
March 11, 2015
While long known as a superior cut flower, gypsophila has only recently gained attention for its potential as an excellent pot plant, container plant and even for its ability to add interest in flower beds. The Festival series provides all of those...
‘Celestial Twilight’
March 11, 2015
Viola brings cheerfulness and nostalgia to any landscape. The Celestial series of viola from Darwin Perennials offers many desirable attributes and was selected for its winter hardiness, heat tolerance, early flowering and compact habit. There are...
March 11, 2015
With the advancement of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), we are able to purchase — or even customize — LED arrays that emit different spectrums of light for plant growth applications. That’s one of the exciting features of LEDs, to provide a specific...
March 11, 2015
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in the absence of soil, fulfilling the notion that mineral nutrients can be delivered to plants more effectively through the use of a nutrient solution. Hydroponic solutions must be carefully monitored, as...
High Tunnels
March 11, 2015
Cooling efficiency in high tunnels is extremely important in crop yields. By maintaining cooler temperatures in high tunnels, watering is reduced and disease control is easier because the plants are less stressed. There are several options that you...
Monarda ‘Balmy Rose’
March 11, 2015
While gardeners still adore perennials for purely aesthetic reasons, beautiful perennials alone can’t cut it like they used to. Consumers looking for that extra value in their plant purchases, however, may not know what to look for to get the most...
'Premium Red’
March 11, 2015
At North Carolina State University (NCSU) Emma Lookabaugh, graduate research assistant with the NC State Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, conducted a survey of North Carolina greenhouses, which revealed Pythium aphanidermatum to be the primary...
March 11, 2015
Question: I understand a number of new insecticides and miticides were introduced last year (2014) for use in greenhouses. can you tell more about them?  Answer: Yes, as you indicated, there were four insecticide and miticide products...
March 11, 2015
Last month, Lowe’s and the Home Depot announced their hiring plans for Spring 2015. And they are big! The home improvement retailers plan to hire more than 110,000 permanent part-time and seasonal associates to handle their busiest season of the...
February 13, 2015
A-Rest and Abide are two plant growth retardants (PGRs) that contain the active ingredient ancymidol. They aren’t as commonly used in floriculture as most other PGRs, which could be attributed to ancymidol’s cost. However, there are some potential...
Kniphofia hybrids
February 13, 2015
The Rockette series of kniphofia hybrids from EuroAmerican are new must-have genetics with distinct improvements on the classic perennial favorite: Red Hot Poker! Their uniquely textured grass-like foliage, continuous blooming habit and vibrant...
Ball Horticultural Co.
February 13, 2015
Candytuft has been a perennial favorite for its reliably early spring color. In spite of its early flowering and popularity with consumers, iberis has been known among many growers as a hit or miss crop. Many growers have struggled to produce...
February 13, 2015
I realize that after reading my tag line above, you must be thinking “of course my fertilizer injector is essential to my growing quality plant material!” The real question is, if it is that essential, how well do you maintain it?  How...
February 13, 2015
Marijuana production in Colorado is quickly shifting from indoor warehouse facilities to greenhouse operations.  “Twelve to 18 months ago, more than 95 percent of marijuana production was done in warehouses,” said crop consultant Shane Hutto at...
February 13, 2015
Have you ever wondered why different groups of plants get different diseases? If you have only been growing one type of plant, such as  bedding plants, you might think all plants get the same diseases. But since I have switched around from cut...
Beekenkamp
February 13, 2015
The North American Poinsettia Trials provide an independent evaluation of new poinsettia cultivars in three different climates — Ontario, North Carolina and Florida. Included here is information on the characteristics of the 15 cultivars being...
February 13, 2015
Do you know a college student studying horticulture? Is that student’s experience with plants revolutionizing the way he or she thinks and acts? If so, that student may be a candidate for Syngenta Flowers’ Goldsmith Scholarship program. Once again,...
January 13, 2015
Are you a great leader? If I ask several of your key team members will they confirm that your business has great leadership? What criteria would they base their answer on?  Do you believe great leaders are born or made? What does it mean to be...
January 13, 2015
For the past 44 years, the owners and staff members of Pell Greenhouse in Hudsonville, Michigan, have prided themselves in providing superb quality and excellent service. Like many other greenhouse operations, Pell Greenhouse is a family business...
January 13, 2015
As we enter into the New Year, most of us can look back on 2014 and say it has worked out better than we had expected last January when we were being covered up by Snowmagadden.  At that time, we were worried about the sluggish economy, the...
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