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October 10, 2000
When I encountered noted innovator and defrocked plug guru Rott Schnakebitte at yet another academic gathering (this time the Floriculture Forum, which convened a few weekends ago at the Chicago Botanical Gardens), I finally asked how he was gaining...
October 10, 2000
Grower Profile Years in business: Built in 1982; purchased by Jerry Van Hoven in 1990 Size: 11 acres under glass, 3 under poly, 10 acres of outside production for fall crops Crops grown: Pot crops, cyclamen, primroses, bedding plants, spring...
October 10, 2000
Each month the editors select and publish particularly interesting or topical questions from the Onhort.com "Ask the Experts" Web page. We invite you to visit www.onhort.com to check out the other posted questions or to ask a question of your own...
October 10, 2000
Capable of causing diseases on foliage as well as on roots and stems, Rhizoctonia spp., are among the most diverse of the fungal pathogens; proper identification is necessary for best control.     By A. R. Chase   In the rogue’s...
October 10, 2000
If times are good, you likely are anticipating (and dreading) going into town to convince someone to lend you a ridiculous amount of money for land or capital expansion; the more you know about what makes lenders tick, the better your odds of...
October 10, 2000
Introduced by Paul Ecke Ranch ‘Heirloom Red’, ‘Heirloom Peace’ and ‘Heirloom Pink’ This family has silver gray-green leaves with white variegation on the margins. Bracts are held up and cover the leaves. In this crop the Heirloom Peach bract color...
October 10, 2000
The focus of our 2000 California Pack Trials coverage (part II) is on the noteworthy vegetative and specialty crop introductions. Featured are Ball FloraPlant, Bodger Botanicals, EuroAmerican Propagators, Fischer USA, The Flower Fields, Golden State...
October 10, 2000
By Brian E. Whipker, James L. Gibson, Dharmalingam S. Pitchay, Paul V. Nelson, James R. Baker, James E. Faust, Paul A. Thomas, Mike Benson, Todd J. Cavins and Jean L. Williams-Woodward Many problems can occur during pansy production. The Fred C....
October 10, 2000
In the April Editor’s Report I made an observation about the mix of articles GPN offers every month. I cited several topics, including marketing, that were rarely featured in bygone issues but which are now the focus of one or more articles each...
October 10, 2000
One of the toughest problems faced by ornamental plant producers is the prevention and elimination of algae, moss and liverworts that grow on pots, soil, benches, walkways and even on plant leaves and stems. The first step in controlling these pests...
October 10, 2000
If a grower new to the concept of marketing can take one lesson from Etera, the Mt. Vernon, Wash.-based winner of the 1999 GPN/MasterTag Marketing Innovator award, it would be that Etera’s marketing program is not a component of the company’s...
October 06, 2000
In 1999, year three of our perennial trial garden, we again bid farewell to a "graduating class" of perennials while welcoming some incoming freshmen. Among our graduates, a select few performed with true distinction and will be missed a great deal...
October 06, 2000
Chemical plant growth regulators (PGRs) are the standard practice in the greenhouse industry for controlling plant height. However, growers are showing increased interest in potential alternatives to the standard chemical products. One obvious...
October 06, 2000
Pulling onto the dirt road that meanders toward Rott Schnakebitte’s house, I spotted Rott shooting hoops. He banked a nice hook shot off a backboard that hung precariously from the back wall of his headhouse. On those occasions when Rott and I had...
October 06, 2000
No longer viewed as "unrefined" plants, wildflowers have crept into America’s parks, backyards, and rooftop gardens. Here’s a look at some new native plant mixes hitting the market.     Native plants and wildflowers have finally taken their rightful...
October 06, 2000
So far, being a woman has neither helped or hindered her floricultural pursuits, says Mindy Froning. Along with her faculty advisor Terri Starman, Mindy is "coverperson" of this month’s GPN. She merits cover exposure by virtue of earning the 1999...
October 06, 2000
If you’re a student (or anyone for that matter) weighing a career in floriculture, employment opportunities seem to be skyrocketing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has pegged the "nursery and greenhouse industry" as the fastest growing segment...
October 06, 2000
Mindy, a senior at the University of Tennessee, epitomizes the good news about the floriculture industry’s future, as does Terri Starman, her faculty advisor, and Four Star Greenhouse, which introduced her to the "real dirt" of her chosen profession...
October 06, 2000
Disease control on ornamental plants remains a critical problem for most producers. Leaf spots, stem rots and root rots result in significant and serious losses whether the crops are plugs, potted flowers or landscape plants. Over the past few years...
October 06, 2000
Karen L. Panter Extension horticulture specialist with the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Wyoming at Laramie. When you can use them, e-mail and the ‘Net are wonderful things (unlike the last couple of days when a computer hiccup...