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March 11, 2014
The winter of 2013-14 has been one for the record books. It doesn’t matter where you are located, Mother Nature has presented a cornucopia of challenges for growers. Record snowfalls, bone-chilling temperatures and unprecedented ice storms hit a...
February 12, 2014
Bedding plants that stop developing at moderately low temperatures can be labeled as cold-intermediate plants. This categorization of plants is based on estimates of crops’ base temperatures derived from research data primarily generated at Michigan...
February 12, 2014
Littletunia, a miniature-flower petunia hybrid from Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm, is sensational for early spring sales and beyond. The series is a great alternative to calibrachoa, which can be sensitive to higher pH. Expect a mounded habit combined...
February 12, 2014
Most growers, landscapers and homeowners are very familiar with begonias that are commonly used as bedding plants. Interestingly, there are approximately 900 species of begonia found throughout the world; of these, two species are perennials in...
February 12, 2014
Despite advances in plant genetics, fungicides (including biologicals), mechanization and our understanding of how diseases occur, sanitation remains critical in horticulture today. Even old diseases like crown gall, which have been minor for years...
February 12, 2014
What’s new? As the season changes and the nursery is full with pansies and perennials, landscapers and designers are coming to shop and at least once a day someone asks “What’s new?” There are usually new varieties of plants to offer, but there are...
February 12, 2014
In the past, organic fertilizer options consisted of single sources of plant and animal by-products like bone and blood meals, composted manures and alfalfa meal (as examples) that varied in quality, nutrient analysis and nutrient release from batch...
February 12, 2014
This was the 21st year for the North American Poinsettia Trials, and results again illustrated the value of multiple trial sites. The trials are conducted at Homewood Nursery and Garden Center in Raleigh, North Carolina State University (NCSU),...
February 12, 2014
ARC:  I’ve been thinking about rates and intervals and how important they can be. This always brings to mind some adage like “Only the dose makes the poison,” which is often said with respect to chemical safety to humans. In this case, though,...
February 12, 2014
There are a multitude of reasons why people get into this business. But if I had to guess, one of the main reasons is they really like to grow things. Bedding plants, perennials, tropicals, edibles, woody ornamentals ... you name it, growers take a...
January 16, 2014
Everyone wants to grow and be successful in their personal lives and careers. Most people believe this growth is going to come from a business with great products, great service and a great team. In the 21st century, leadership skills are more...
January 16, 2014
Uncertainty has certainly been the key word over the last few months given the untimely government shutdown and the [now- expected] ritual of kicking the debt ceiling down the road. Congress was supposed to come up with some kind of budget by Dec....
January 16, 2014
One of the biggest challenges facing growers today is figuring out how to avoid the peaks and valleys of income and expenses over a 12-month period in a notoriously seasonal business. It can be tricky balancing a P&L statement when the bulk of a...
January 14, 2014
In the December 2013 issue of GPN, I discussed cold-sensitive bedding plants, which are crops that have a relatively high base temperature (46° F or higher). At low growing temperatures, cold-sensitive crops develop very slowly and therefore, they...
January 14, 2014
Expand sales, senses and grass programs with Andropogon gerardii ‘Rain Dance’, a new introduction available exclusively from Emerald Coast Growers. It answers the call for added interest in native plants and expands the big bluestem selection with a...
January 14, 2014
Panicum is one of the most widely grown genera of ornamental grasses. In the early 1990s, Roy DiBlik from Northwind Perennial Farm of Wisconsin introduced Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’. This cultivar was selected as a seedling with a different...
January 14, 2014
Sitting in the store next to a few dozen other tropical plants is an aglaonema with a striking red and pink variegation throughout its leaves. The color and texture is foreign to many of the people who walk by, which is not surprising. That’s...
January 14, 2014
Watering plants isn’t as straight forward as it appears. When, where and how you apply water to your plants directly impacts their health and growth potential. If you’re watering your crops by hand, consider automating your irrigation system to help...
January 14, 2014
While traveling abroad in Europe, Dale Deppe noticed something different about the hydrangeas being sold in garden centers — they were all in flower. As owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, the source for Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs, he...
January 14, 2014
Madeline “Maddy” Olberg, the 2014 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, had a plan the first time she stepped foot on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, N.Y., for her freshman year. She had mapped out all the classes she hoped to take during her four...