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October 09, 2013
Amaryllis (hippeastrum) is a popular bulb crop grown by greenhouse producers as pre-finished potted plants and marketed for major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother’s Day. Amaryllis are also often sold to consumers as dry bulbs...
September 11, 2013
Over the years, veronica has become a staple perennial used in the American landscape. Past cultivars were known for their long blooming times and unfortunately many cultivars have a reputation for their floppiness. There has been much work with...
September 11, 2013
Growing media can be as unique as the growers themselves. Professional growers research, test and tweak to develop a media that works best for their greenhouse environment. With optimum plant quality, maximum profit and environmental awareness all...
September 11, 2013
Historically, bare root divisions were one of the main sources of starting materials for greenhouses and nurseries. With the popularity of plugs and liners in the past couple decades, some growers have reduced their dependency on bare root divisions...
September 11, 2013
Pacific Plug & Liner is a great stop along the California Spring Trials tour to find a wide selection of plants from many different vendors, many of which are new introductions. One of the highlights at our stop is the comparison trial we have...
September 11, 2013
As more and more greens and herb production occurs in recirculating culture, grower interest in providing crop nutrients from organic sources has increased. Following is our experience at Kansas State University with two different nutrient...
August 06, 2013
New Enduro from Ball FloraPlant is a breakthrough in landscape verbena for its extended flowering. Northern breeding trials show Enduro won’t cycle out of color  — even in summer temperatures up to 100° F. In the South, Enduro can be planted in...
August 06, 2013
With its ease of production and strong performance, sedum continues to be a perennial plant of interest for growers, landscapers and gardeners alike.  Recently, breeder Chris Hansen has introduced a new sedum called ‘Dazzleberry’, which is...
July 10, 2013
In recent years, advances in pansy breeding have brought to market a new class of pansies with trailing growth habits. These pansies have great sell-through at retail in spring and fall because of their unique spilling habit, floriferous growth and...
July 10, 2013
By definition, the word “phenomenal” refers to something that is very remarkable or extraordinary. In the past, there have been instances where the cultivar names of certain plants fell short or have not always been representative of the plant’s...
July 10, 2013
Last month, we focused on the overall trends we picked up in California during Spring Trials. In this issue, we’ll share with you some of the new varieties that were unveiled at the multiple breeder stops. With so many new introductions on display,...
June 11, 2013
Lavender has such a strong link in our culture to fragrance and beauty, but making the crossover from long-term to short-term crop has not been easy. ‘Sweet Romance’ from Proven Winners was released to fill the gap of easy-to-produce lavender for...
June 11, 2013
The perennial commonly referred to as the torch lily or red-hot poker is an old fashion perennial which has not become as popular as many of the perennial genera in production today. Although they are very showy when in bloom, the appearance of...
June 11, 2013
Pest prevention is imperative for profitable plant production, and integrated crop management (ICM) is one of the best strategies to achieve it. Many growers find planning and implementing an ICM program can be daunting. However, with new...
June 11, 2013
Each spring, the GPN team heads west for an action-packed week of new-variety trials along the California coast. Starting in Vista and ending in Santa Cruz, we traveled more than 1,000 miles and learned about new breeding breakthroughs and marketing...
May 09, 2013
Originating from the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest United States, the penstemon Riding Hood series has exceptional winter hardiness (Zone 3, -4° F) that is a rarity among penstemons. Bred by Molter BV, the first variety in this series was...
May 09, 2013
Over the last couple decades, gaura has increased in popularity. However, with its flower power and landscape resiliency, this perennial is often underutilized.Through plant selection and improved genetics, many of today’s cultivars offer superior...
May 09, 2013
During the past 20 years, rose downy mildew has become a serious problem, causing significant losses to growers almost every year. The disease has been found in nearly every state across the United States (and Canadian provinces). It does not occur...
May 09, 2013
Choosing which crops to add to your production each year involves some risk. Growing exceptional plants is critical to your business and reputation, and the success of your plants relies on various factors such as tolerance to weather, maintenance...
April 16, 2013
Lobularia Stream series is bred By Danziger and comes in four beautiful and fragrant colors — ‘Lavender Stream’, ‘Silver Stream’, ‘Summer Stream’ and ‘White Stream’. Two new varieties will be added for the 2013-14 season — ‘Purple Stream’, a dark...