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February 09, 2001
Last month we discussed the importance of in-store message communicators such as POP materials, signage, etc., in influencing consumer purchasing behaviors by providing education and enjoyment. Selling the "experience" of buying — focusing on the...
February 09, 2001
When Shirley and Harlan Hamernik opened their greenhouse in Clarkson, Neb., they had no idea it would eventually lead them to such places as Siberia, Inner Mongolia and Tibet, not to mention the travel within the United States. They just wanted to...
February 09, 2001
In elementary school, one teacher taught me that there are two unlimited, renewable natural re- sources — water and air. Even then that was an exaggeration, and it definitely is today. We are all concerned about water shortage and pollution of our...
January 30, 2001
After WWII and the scientific advances in plant physiology and life cycles that enabled the floriculture industry to grow seasonal crops year round, peonies gradually fell out of favor. The GIs coming back from the war moved off the farm, and their...
January 30, 2001
Non-chemical alternatives to plant growth regulating chemicals have received a great deal of attention in recent years as tighter restrictions have been placed on agricultural chemical use. Some non-chemical methods are very simple, such as avoiding...
January 30, 2001
Heating Systems How does heat loss occur? Heat loss occurs from a greenhouse structure whenever the interior temperature exceeds the exterior temperature. The rate at which it occurs is affected primarily by the efficiency of the covering materials...
January 30, 2001
RICHARD LINDQUIST Professor and Associate Chair, Dept. of Entomology, The Ohio State University Happy 2001! Well, this is not a drill like it was last year, we have REALLY entered the new millennium this time with the beginning of 2001, so I hope...
January 30, 2001
Sarah, a senior at Michigan State University, believes you get out of life only what you put in. This honor student, three-time horticulture intern and member of MSU’s hort club should expect quite a bit. Sarah McQueen owes a lot to her teachers. It...
January 30, 2001
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January 10, 2001
For the past three years, I have been asked to review new disease control products for the ornamental industry. In 1999, I tried to list newer products and their activities, including the broad range of those products now available. In 2000, a two-...
January 10, 2001
Like any other greenhouse crop, growing greenhouse tomatoes is more than just planting some seeds and raking in the money. Here are a few suggestions to get you on your way. The production of greenhouse vegetables can be a lucrative business for the...
January 10, 2001
Plant growth regulators have been used for many years, primarily as a tool to obtain height control or to promote rooting. Today, there are many fascinating and innovative ways to use the tools of yesterday. Plant growth regulators are now being...
November 03, 2000
There have been some interesting new developments in the fight to control powdery mildew on greenhouse ornamentals since my last article on the subject (GPN February 1999). The number of plants suffering from powdery mildew continues to increase...
November 03, 2000
Here’s the beauty of statistics: The numbers tell the story. The most adept CEO, public relations expert, or sales rep can put as much of a spin on statistical data as he or she can muster, but the numbers remain. Think of it as stark poetry, like...
November 03, 2000
If you’re ever in need of inspiration while trying to inject some new life into your product mix, visit any of the gardening Web sites that feature a Question & Answer section. For example, one of the most commonly asked gardening questions is...
November 03, 2000
With our heartfelt thanks to the 209 GPN readers who completed and returned detailed surveys earlier this year, we present the Fourth Annual State of the Industry report – a detailed look at how the floriculture industry fared in 1999. For the...
November 03, 2000
Generic greenhouses might meet some of the criteria of any given grower, but they likely would not meet most growers’ needs regarding crops and growing styles, not to mention zoning, building code, elevation, and automation requirements. The...
November 03, 2000
The capital assets the grower finances are what make the grower’s operation work and generate cash flow. But should material handling systems, structures and other capital assets be leased or financed through a fixed-rate or floating loan?     The...
November 03, 2000
The bridge spanning 1999 and 2000 marks an interesting time for the ornamental plant producer. We have never seen so many new products for disease control as we have during the past few years. The prospects for the coming year are excellent — many...
November 03, 2000
If I wanted to argue that we as a people are losing our sense of wonder, I would lead with the acronym we have collectively settled on for the approaching new millennium: Y2K. I mean, really! Y2K evokes all the poetry of a license plate. We’ve...