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December 16, 2013
For the last several years, one of the floriculture research thrusts at Michigan State University has been to better understand how temperature controls growth and flowering of bedding plants. Former graduate students Matthew Blanchard, Lee Ann...
December 16, 2013
With hundreds of new varieties being introduced to the marketplace every year at California Spring Trials, trade shows and the like, it’s easy to become jaded about new plants in general. But every now and then, a new plant hits the market that...
December 16, 2013
Astilbe has long been a perennial favorite in the American landscape. In recent years, there have been improvements to this popular group of plants. Breeding efforts from the Dutch hybridizer Jan Verschoor have brought a breakthrough series of...
November 05, 2013
Aloha Lilies continue to be an exciting collection of eucomis species hybrids from Golden State Bulb Growers (GSBG) as mentioned in the August 2012 edition of GPN. GSBG’s extensive breeding and hybridization program is turning out some exciting new...
November 05, 2013
Many growers, landscapers and consumers are drawn to plants with variegated leaves. When interesting foliage is combined with a brilliant display of blooms, the interest level and demand quickly escalates. Heliopsis ‘Sunburst’ provides beautifully...
November 05, 2013
All around us, the world is changing. From fashion to hair color and gardens to gifts, excitement and vitality is on everyone’s wish list. When Syngenta Flowers Inc. started planning for the next big thing in potted flowers, we thought revitalizing...
October 09, 2013
Fuchsias bring forth a bit of nostalgia for those of us old enough to remember our grandparents and parents purchasing plants to brighten their porches and balconies. The fuchsia Windchimes will develop a new group of gardening fans with its...
October 09, 2013
There are several types of campanula available today. Many of them have become popular and are widely produced. One of the well known, but not the most popular species of campanula, is C. portenschlagiana.   Recently, Florensis brought...
October 09, 2013
It seems home gardeners want everything out of their home-grown tomato that their typical grocery tomato lacks – different colors, funky shapes and amazing taste, basically everything homegrown heirloom tomatoes are known for. Today’s tomato...
October 09, 2013
When it comes to vegetable gardening, the ultimate pay-off is a harvest basket brimming with fresh produce. For vegetable gardeners, it is all about plant performance, fruit production, flavor and bragging rights about their bounty and culinary...
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...