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December 15, 2015
GPN is now 25 years old and we have so much to celebrate! 25 REASONS YOU NEED TO READ GPN IN 2016 1) Fresh new look and logo coming in January.2) New and improved website with mobile-friendly design.3) Editorial contributions and insight from past...
December 15, 2015
In case you hadn’t noticed, GPN turned 25 years old this year. For the past quarter of a century, GPN has been providing our readers with the must-have information they need to grow healthy and profitable plants. We’ve been celebrating this birthday...
November 15, 2015
There are several differences between good companies and great ones. Among those distinctions are leadership, culture, brand and overall business acumen. But another differentiator between good and great is talent. Your ability to sell more, grow...
November 15, 2015
The real gross domestic product (GDP) rose at a 3.9 percent annual rate in the government’s third estimate for second quarter 2015 (revised from 3.7 percent in the second estimate). In July, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis introduced a new...
November 15, 2015
Trail Nurseries is not your typical “big” grower. With approximately 5 acres of growing space today, this greenhouse operation had less than an acre when owners Mark Miller and his sisterin- law Kathy Miller purchased it in 2006. And the operation...
November 14, 2015
It’s a bit naïve to write an article on successful production of seedlings in just one page, but for inexperienced growers it’s easy to overlook some critical aspects that can lead to failure. Although the topics below don’t include all of the key...
November 14, 2015
The gerbera daisy continues to be one of the most recognizable and popular flowers in garden centers. Consumers love the wide variety of colors and the nostalgic daisy flower that works in an array of pot sizes and containers. With such high demand...
November 14, 2015
What can make a great perennial better? Cross it with another great perennial. That’s exactly what breeders did with stachys ‘Lilac Falls’. Although it’s listed as stachys, ‘Lilac Falls’ is a new intergeneric hybrid cross between stachys and lamium...
November 14, 2015
It is universally understood and accepted that to have and maintain a controlled growing environment, the plants must be inside a structure that is enclosed and covered. This article attempts to deal with the covering solution. Whether the grower...
November 14, 2015
Innovations in grow lighting are paramount to the current and future success of controlled environmental agriculture (CEA) and greenhouse supplemental lighting. No single grow light is good for every single application; the term we use for this...
November 14, 2015
Imagine planting a crop, moving it into the greenhouse and knowing exactly where every plant is located right down to where it is on the bench. Even if the plants have to be moved to another bench or another greenhouse, you know exactly where they’...
November 14, 2015
At the University of California (UC), Riverside, research is being conducted to evaluate water and nutrient requirements of ornamental and floriculture crops as influenced by plant type, fertilizer type, substrate components, irrigation methods and...
November 14, 2015
Does it seem like every time you turn around, you are hearing about a new disease, insect or weed? The better our diagnostics are, the more things we find. It is also common that new plant genera or species might be accompanied by new problems. So...
November 14, 2015
Happily (to me), our industry has become more consumer focused with each passing year. Individual firms and the industry as a whole continue to evolve from a production emphasis to a marketing emphasis, where the consumer’s needs are central to many...
November 14, 2015
Question: What is the difference between azadirachtin and neem? Answer: Neem is not a single substance but is a general term for both azadirachtin and neem oil, which are derived from the neem tree, Azadirachta indica. The seed kernels contain the...
November 14, 2015
Did you ever wish you had a time machine that would take you into the future so you could find out what the horticulture industry will look like in the years to come? Are you curious to see how growers will be producing their crops, what kind of...
October 23, 2015
With the continuing development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and other lighting technologies, there are various metrics that academics and lighting companies use to communicate information on lamps for plant applications. Some of the metrics are...
October 23, 2015
This very special Asclepias curassavica has beautiful green and white variegated foliage that is tinged with red, orange and pink leaf tips. The bright orange-red flower attracts Monarch butterflies and many other species of butterflies, bees and...
October 23, 2015
Gaillardia are one of the most recognizable and popular perennials in production today. With its flower power, this perennial staple can be produced for sales in the spring, summer or fall. Over the past decade or so, breeding efforts have...
October 23, 2015
The April California Spring Trials event is a pilgrimage many in this industry make every spring to see the many splendored things of new variety introductions. At that time, a large percentage of the introductions are annual bedding plants, pot...