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May 09, 2001
Many years ago, I saw a television commercial advertising automobile tires. From behind a stack of tires, the owner of the car care center sponsoring the commercial made the bold announcement, "Nobody likes spending money on tires. They’re not...
May 09, 2001
From an 1847 start as a truck farm, this business has blossomed into a full-fledged floral operation. New greenhouses will allow further expansion into the future, while helping them cut heating costs today. For six generations, Wagner Floral...
May 09, 2001
I wonder if all growers and gardeners share the habit of wishing they were raising plants in another region of the country; one that was: a) warmer than their region, b) cooler than their region, c) had more rainfall than their region, d) had less...
May 09, 2001
For years, carnations have been grown as cut flowers. Efforts to develop carnations into flowering potted plants and bedding plants are ongoing and have finally met with success. Seed propagated dwarf carnations are now available. These carnations...
May 09, 2001
A pest no bigger than a dime is threatening two of California’s most important industries, wine and horticulture. The culprit? The glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS). This long distance leafhopper has infested almost all of Southern California,...
May 09, 2001
As growers battle high energy costs and a fizzling economy, innovation and automation are helping greenhouse operations through the tough times. For almost a decade, greenhouse growers have been riding the wave of a good economy. Home gardeners and...
March 30, 2001
In 1998, the state of Maryland passed the toughest nutrient management law in the nation, requiring virtually all agricultural operations to write and implement nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P)-based management plans by December 2002. This was in...
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...
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