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March 30, 2001
As soon as it was announced that I would be taking the reins of GPN, I started lobbying for two things: a readership survey and some road trips. Having a background in consumer publishing makes me keenly aware of the reader. So I wanted to know what...
March 30, 2001
A few years back, Les Shipley was contacted with an interesting challenge that would change his life. Would he be willing to leave retired life in the Victoria Rain Forest in British Columbia and transplant himself into the Arizona desert to start a...
March 30, 2001
The introduction of fast growing, seed propagated cyclamen cultivars with flowers in many different colors, improved growing techniques and expedited scheduling have created renewed interest and increased opportunities for cyclamen. Most cultural...
March 30, 2001
While northern growers begin specialty annual production in spring and continue production through summer, the Deep South industry runs on an almost inverse schedule for these generally cool season crops. Production in Florida begins as temperatures...
March 30, 2001
Disease control is one of the most complicated issues facing the ornamental industry today. One of the approaches to disease is for the grower to attempt a diagnosis of symptoms and choose the appropriate fungicide for control. Due to the difficulty...
March 30, 2001
While lisianthus has become an extremely important cut flower in the last decade, it certainly is not an easy crop to produce. Lisianthus seems to be plagued with a number of diseases, and fusarium crown and stem rot is one of the most damaging. It...
March 30, 2001
What!? Has Pohmer lost his marbles (or those few he has left!)? Has the cold weather in Minnesota finally caused hypothermia and slowed down his thought process and judgment faculties? Doesn’t he realize that both Home Depot and Lowe’s will compound...
March 23, 2001
I was a bit late for work today – traffic jam. But this wasn’t your run-of-the mill gaper’s block. This delay was the result of the George W. Bush motorcade. The Texas governor was on his way to a set of studios on the near-north side of Chicago in...
March 23, 2001
Historically, light has been a difficult topic to discuss with growers for two reasons: 1) everyone seems to use a different light unit – footcandles, lux, lumens, micromoles, etc., and 2) accurate light sensors are expensive. So, our first goal was...
March 23, 2001
Ventilating and Cooling Greenhouses What is ventilation? Ventilation is the exchange of air between the inside and outside of the greenhouse. It is used to remove heat from solar radiation, to replenish carbon dioxide and to help control the levels...
March 23, 2001
The public has once again discovered the charm of perennials. Until recently, perennials were the victims of the "new every year" gardening attitude. But they have slowly crept back into backyard gardens, parks and roadside plantings over the past...
March 23, 2001
If you listen to any talk show, call-in radio program or self-help guru, they’ll all tell you the same thing; nothing dooms a relationship to failure faster than dishonesty. So, since we’re starting a new relationship with one another, I figured I’d...
March 23, 2001
Remember the days before e-mail, cellular phones and pagers? Seems like a lifetime ago that the only way to the outside world was to "let your fingers do the walking." Nowadays, we spend more time communicating with computers across the world than...
March 23, 2001
At the expense of research focused on maximizing other traits such as color, shape and long-lasting blooms after cutting, flowers have been left without much scent at all. Natalia Dudareva, assistant professor of plant molecular biology in the...
March 23, 2001
On July 11, the full House of Representatives voted to approve an U.S. Department of Agriculture budget targeting $4.2 million for floriculture and nursery research. And although the Senate version of that appropriations bill is not yet finalized,...
March 23, 2001
Over the past four decades, the NGMA’s structural manufacturers have worked with growers from all over the world. And whether it’s at a greenhouse or a trade show, there are some common questions growers ask that fall into eight general categories....
March 23, 2001
Suppliers have been slow to react to the most recent weights and measures regulation changes. But with Scotts’ plans for bag label adjustments this month, these four-year-old changes are starting to have real world meaning. Formal regulations...
March 23, 2001
The experts are up in arms about new research out of Iowa State University that further validates the lethal effects of Bt transgenic corn pollen on monarch butterfly larvae. Laura C. Hansen-Jesse and John J. Obrycki of the ISU Department of...
March 22, 2001
Downy mildews have gained a strong foothold in the horticultural industry in the United States and Canada over the past few years. During the winter and spring of 2000, some new crops were hit by downy mildew, including red salvia (S. splendens) and...
March 22, 2001
Grasses have always been an integral part of nearly every nature scene – fields, roadsides, sand dunes, even the shadowy depths of woodlands. But grasses are just now experiencing a rise in popularity as gardeners discover the striking array of...