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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...
November 03, 2000
Peter Konjoian thinks his story is pretty typical: Young boy grows up on a truck farm. Mom and dad convert farm into a greenhouse operation. Boy grows up to enjoy success with his parents and two brothers in a thriving production and retail...
November 03, 2000
Certain people reach a point, not just in their careers but in their lives, when all the logical career and life paths appear to lead to all the wrong places. At this point, a select few of these people opt to step off the path altogether. Viewed...
October 23, 2000
A customer’s tribute, "They’ve got it right; all of it," captures the essence of Etera, winner of the 1999 GPN/MasterTag Marketing Innovation award.     If a grower new to the concept of marketing can take one lesson from Etera, the Mt. Vernon, Wash...
October 23, 2000
So many new varieties made their debut at this year’s California Pack Trials that we are again splitting our coverage into two parts. In this issue we showcase primarily (but not exclusively) a selection of the noteworthy spring flowering bedding...
October 23, 2000
Plants of merit include the first hybrid onion to ever garner an AAS award, a poinsettia with foliage interest that overshadows its bracts, and two bedding plants that have swept the competition on both sides of the Atlantic.   All-America...
October 23, 2000
A convergence of factors – regulatory trends, public perception, crop quality, and cost efficiency – has sparked considerable interest among growers in the technology of water recycling. Indeed, the greenhouse industry at the local, state and...
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...