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October 03, 2003
A sport of Hedera helix'Merion Beauty' isolated in New Jersey in 1976, 'Duck Foot' gets its name from its small, 1-inch, three-lobed leaves that resemble the foot of a duck. Its free-branching habit allows it to fill in quickly, whether grown in...
August 27, 2003
Flying Colors diascia is early to bloom and longer lasting in the summer garden than other diascias. Rooted liners planted January-March will finish in 5-7 weeks for 4-inch pot (one plant per pot) and 10-12 weeks for 8- to 10-inch pots (three plants...
August 22, 2003
Well it's finally feeling like a normal Florida summer, with a half inch of rain every afternoon and temperature and humidity at around 90. Since we had a relatively dry summer, a lot of plants that traditionally give up the ghost in June have...
August 22, 2003
The Toto series was developed and introduced as an exceptionally short-growing black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). The short stature of 10-15 inches makes these plants an excellent choice for flowerbeds, interiorscapes and containers, with an...
August 22, 2003
Growing media can be a mixed bag, so it's important to keep an eye on your options. You never know when something new might burst on the scene or when something about your current growing media will change. For example, according to the Canadian...
August 21, 2003
Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' has great landscape appeal, with its silvery-gray, almost metallic looking, fronds. The delicate tri-color fronds have maroon midribs that intensify its landscape appeal. Despite the fragile appearance of the Japanese...
August 21, 2003
Over the past few years, we at the University of Connecticut have been cropping osteospermum as a novelty winter crop, and results have been good in both crop quality and customer acceptance and satisfaction. Since year-round cuttings are now widely...
August 08, 2003
A number of new and innovative methods of applying plant growth regulators (PGRs) have gained EPA approval in recent years. PGRs may be applied by "sprench" (combination of spray and drench applied as a high volume, low concentration spray to the...
August 08, 2003
Having just finished a great group of educational programs at the Southeast Greenhouse Conference, I feel obligated to focus on a group of crops that are often misunderstood and sadly shy of production information. Herbs offer most growers a huge...
August 08, 2003
From June to September, Clematis 'Inspiration' bears dark pink flowers accented by yellow stamens on strong stems that have shown a remarkable vase life of up to three weeks. This compact, half-climbing variety reaches 3-5 feet high and is hardy in...
July 10, 2003
Fuel prices continue to fluctuate, causing heartburn and headaches for growers as they receive their monthly fuel bills during periods of cold weather. When fuel costs are high, some growers in cold climates (such as the Northern United States) have...
July 10, 2003
FloraStar, in cooperation with the University of Florida, has selected the winners of the first FloraStar Elite Performer trials that are designed to evaluate how well a variety performs for the grower. The program will focus on vegetative annuals,...
July 10, 2003
The following report of diascia and nemesia trials conducted at the University of Florida trial gardens in Gainesville, Fla., was conducted in the winter of 2002. Gainesville is in USDA Zone 8b and is part of an ongoing research program to evaluate...
July 10, 2003
Have you noticed how popular calibrachoas have become? It is an interesting crop. They can either look very nice or very straggly. The flowers are small, and unless there are lots of them, the plant does not give much of a show. In terms of...
July 10, 2003
Bare root perennials are dormant plants with the soil removed from the roots. They are typically field grown for a period of time, usually one year, and harvested. Once the plants are dug, the tops are trimmed down to approximately 1 inch from the...
July 03, 2003
Methyl bromide is an important part of ornamental production. The combination of methyl bromide and chloropicrin has long been used to control weeds, nematodes and plant pathogens like Pythium. The majority of this fumigant is used for strawberries...
July 03, 2003
The Lamiaceae (mint) family is a relatively small family, containing about 180 genera of herbs and shrubs, only about 68 of which are produced commercially. These cultivated genera include many of our culinary (Mentha, Ocimum, Origanum, Perilla,...
July 03, 2003
Now that the 2003 spring season is behind us, it's time to recap problem areas. Working with my clients and traveling around the United States giving talks, I can narrow down the number of areas that need work to five. There are obviously more...
July 02, 2003
Hardy hibiscus is an old-time garden favorite riding a new wave of popularity. Hibiscus moscheutos is a marshland native of the eastern United States and has hardiness in USDA Zones 4-9. With new developments in plant breeding, today's hibiscus...
June 12, 2003
Pack trials this year seemed a lot like our national outlook: cautious and playing to its strengths. There was a lot of wonderful material, but it was toned down a bit from last year. There seemed to be more improvements on existing series, and...
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