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April 13, 2015
For years, the horticulture industry has been at the forefront of the sustainability discussion. Greenhouses and nurseries were using recycled materials and initiating waste-reduction plans long before other industries recognized the need for...
April 13, 2015
Vessel Bio Products is situated within the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s BioHio Research Park. The horticultural division of Vessel specializes in adapting the sustainable soil health methodologies the company developed in...
April 13, 2015
Western flower thrips are some of the most common and damaging insects found on plants grown in greenhouses. These insects have many characteristics that help them become pests; they have a short life cycle going from egg to adult in about two...
April 13, 2015
If you have only been growing one type of plant, for instance tropical foliage plants, you might think all plants get the same diseases. In my 35 years as a plant pathologist, I have worked on nearly all types of ornamentals from cut flowers to...
April 13, 2015
Of course you do! But do you know what 2015 is the Year of? Do coleus, gaillardia and sweet pepper sound familiar? They should, because those are the crops that the National Garden Bureau (NGB) has designated for its “Year of” program for 2015. Each...
James Rockwell
March 11, 2015
Growing up on a cattle farm in rural Virginia, 2015 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, James Rockwell, found himself immersed in the agriculture industry at an early age.  “I know that was definitely something I wanted to pursue in my life, but beef...
March 11, 2015
Recently, I discovered what my second favorite day of the year is after Thanksgiving.  No, it is not my birthday or Christmas. Nor is it any clever day like St. Patrick’s Day. It is the day after Daylight Savings Time ends.  On that Sunday...
March 11, 2015
As I am writing this, I am still coming off the endorphins generated from an invigorating tour of nursery and greenhouse growers in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as taking in the massive IPM show in Essen.  During my trip, there were...
March 11, 2015
Satisfying the needs of today’s consumer is a challenge all growers face. But that is actually the foundation Garden State Growers in Pittstown, New Jersey, has built its business on over the past nearly 40 years. By keeping up with the latest...
'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...
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