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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...
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...