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February 05, 2013
The North American Poinsettia Trials reached a significant milestone this year — it has been evaluating poinsettias, in cooperation with the poinsettia breeder companies, for 20 years since it was started in 1993. The first trials include Allan...
February 05, 2013
Spring is just around the corner. Your greenhouses are probably already buzzing with a lot of activity — but in the coming weeks they will become even more hectic as more people are required to take care of the plants you are growing.   Have...
January 14, 2013
As we approached the end of 2012, it seemed that every article, newsletter and magazine was filled with either trends or resolutions that we need to be aware of and will make us all extremely successful in 2013. I must also admit that I really enjoy...
January 14, 2013
I’ve been asked quite frequently over the past several months about how the economy was going to affect the election. But to me, the corollary question is more interesting. How will the economy react to the election?That’s a tough question to answer...
January 14, 2013
As we slowly see the economy turn around, or as you tire of being hunkered down, growing your business should be a priority for you. It has been said that if a business is not growing, it is dying. Over the past five years, growth has not been a...
January 14, 2013
Central Florida is known as the “Tropical Foliage Capital of the World.” Just drive up Highway 441 from Orlando and travel through towns like Apopka, Mt. Dora and Zellwood and you can’t miss seeing greenhouses of all shapes and sizes growing all...
January 10, 2013
January through March can be considered young plant season — a period in which seeds of many garden plants are sown and grown in plugs. Ornamental cuttings are also harvested, stuck and rooted as liners. During this time, the days are short and...
January 10, 2013
Garden mums are a strong part of our culture during the fall season. For generations across North America people have been using garden mums to beautify their homes and businesses. Fides began as a chrysanthemum breeding company more than 45 years...
January 10, 2013
There are numerous perennials that have great attributes and landscape performance but are not easily marketed alongside many of the mainstream perennials in the marketplace today. The Perennial Plant Association’s 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year,...
January 10, 2013
When it comes to lighting, the future is upon us. High-powered LED products, once the exclusive province of cutting-edge research, are invigorating today’s commercial greenhouse market. Your new choices, ranging from shelf lights and growth bulbs to...
January 10, 2013
Imagine cloning your most experienced, efficient  employees to get hundreds, or even thousands, of additional workers in your greenhouses who toil to improve the quality of your poinsettia (and other) crops and who never show up on your payroll...
January 10, 2013
As a double major in horticulture and professional writing, Lauren Tuski knew she wanted to eventually complete an internship that would utilize her unique combination of skills. After spending the past summer as a marketing intern for C. Raker and...
January 10, 2013
Each year, GPN and Nexus recognize one outstanding college student who has participated in a horticulutre-related internship program. In “A Bright Future” (page 14), you can read about this year’s student  intern — Lauren Tuski. Currently a...
December 07, 2012
In the past several years, growers have tightly sealed their greenhouses to reduce heat losses and save on fuel costs, but the consequence can be slower plant growth. If crops develop roots slowly, if shoot growth is retarded, or if plants don’t use...
December 06, 2012
Calliope is an “interspecific hybrid” series, developed by crossing normal zonal (upright) geraniums with ivy geraniums. Well-grown Calliope baskets and containers have excellent sell-through at retail because of their controlled mounding habit,...
December 06, 2012
As Roberto Lopez helped more and more growers working to better understand and manage light in their greenhouses, a light bulb came on: There had to be an easier way.Working with graduate student Christopher Currey, Lopez, an associate professor and...
December 06, 2012
Many growers seek spring flowering perennials with attractive foliage characteristics. Erysimum ‘Fragrant Star’ is an exciting stable variegated spring blooming wallflower, destined to earn a place in many perennial programs. ‘Fragrant Star’ is easy...
December 06, 2012
I have been working on ornamental diseases caused by bacteria for more than 30 years.  This started with diseases of foliage plants at the University of Florida in the 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, the only effective choices were...
December 06, 2012
Penny Goff, general manager and co-owner of Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse in Red House, W. Va., says all of the greenhouse vegetable growers she knows who grow hydroponically use some type of substrate.   “Hydroponics to me means growing with water...
December 06, 2012
Over the past few years Plug Connection has become more focused on vegetative varieties. Our Spring Trials display is known for being the only large-scale objective, side-by-side comparison trial in the industry. I hear from sales reps and growers...