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July 11, 2012
Veronica are treasured for their striking appearance and long-lasting bloom in the landscape. Speedwell comes in many shapes and sizes; however, the proverb “good things come in small packages” sure describes the attributes of Veronica ‘Sweet...
July 11, 2012
Shrink refers to the things you do that you don’t get paid for. There are a number of opportunities in your business where small changes in processes can significantly move more profits to your bottom line. The first step to understand shrink...
July 11, 2012
Western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, is still one of the most destructive insect pests of commercial greenhouses feeding on a wide variety of horticultural crops. WFT damage potential is due not only to its ability to directly...
July 11, 2012
Daylilies (Hemerocallis) have long been popular perennials at retail and in the garden because they are beautiful and very easy to grow.   The challenge for retailers is having daylilies in bloom while retail traffic is at its peak since they...
July 11, 2012
It’s difficult to believe that the trade press began covering floriculture sustainability over five years ago. Since then, many of you have probably incorporated an aspect of sustainable production or marketing in your greenhouse without even...
July 11, 2012
Last month, I gave you a recap of some of the trends and ideas we picked up during the California Spring Trials. This month, I’ll be focusing on some of the new variety introductions that grabbed trial visitors’ attention. With hundreds of varieties...
July 11, 2012
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in ranunculus. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting ranunculus, click on the PDF link...
July 11, 2012
It’s hard to believe, but 2012 is already half over! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were at California Spring Trials checking out all of the new variety introductions. and eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. But spring has sprung...
July 09, 2012
Whether poinsettias are pinched by hand or are mechanically sheared, considerable effort and expense goes into the pinching process. Today’s poinsettia varieties all branch better than older varieties, but none would be described as “free branching...
July 05, 2012
Before you turn the page and ignore this column take a couple of seconds to consider the following questions:  Where would your business be today if you did not have soilless mixes to use for growing purposes? Or better yet, you did not have...
July 05, 2012
One of my favorite meetings each year to attend (and speak at) is the Big Grower Executive Summit (BGES) and this year’s meeting in San Diego was no exception.  Besides the critical information provided by the noted speakers, the information...
July 05, 2012
These are very interesting and challenging times. Interesting in that the rules of the game in business have changed. Interesting in that growers are being forced to look at new opportunities and learn new skills to both survive and thrive. ...
July 05, 2012
Over the years, contract growing has become a strategic tool for many large growers – especially in today’s challenging economy. It can provide growers with the agility they need to meet the demands of their retail customers. When most people think...
June 08, 2012
Plant quality is an elusive term to describe. If you ask a grower to define what crop quality is, a common response is to hesitate and then say, “I know it when I see it.” That’s probably because a lot of different parameters are simultaneously...
June 08, 2012
Life branching out from the earth” is the simple philosophy of TerraVida. This new collection of tropical vine plants offers 18 unique and beautiful varieties that will provide a distinctive and colorful focal point for any garden, patio, doorway,...
June 08, 2012
Lupines are one of the showiest, most impressive perennials in production today. Their stately pillars of blooms contain dozens of vibrantly colored individual flowers. The Camelot series of hybrids is a dwarf form of this popular perennial. This...
June 08, 2012
These days, greenhouse growers are faced with increased competition and the rising cost of labor, energy and crop inputs. To maximize return on their investment, growers are gradually diversifying their crops to include hydroponic vegetables. Smart...
June 08, 2012
Ornamental growers have long struggled with managing growing media pH. Maintaining correct growing media pH is critical for many crops especially if production time is greater than six to eight weeks. Today, numerous popular crops have difficulty...
June 08, 2012
In addition to the greenhouse environment, crop culture including fertilizers, substrates, and plant growth regulators (PGRs), has a large impact on our ability to grow high-quality greenhouse crops. If properly managed, these three inputs can...
June 08, 2012
Each spring, Team GPN roadtrips along the California coast to visit with the many breeders and suppliers exhibiting at the Spring Trials. It’s sort of like floriculture’s “fashion week.” This is where the new varieties and big trends in the industry...