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October 09, 2012
To learn more about diseases affecting celosia, please click on the PDF below.
September 14, 2012
In business and in life, we plan. We plan based on what we want to accomplish. These plans take into account where we are today and what we think we can do.  For these plans to be meaningful, we must also look at history. This history addresses...
September 14, 2012
This year’s OFA Short Course (July 14 to 17, in Columbus, Ohio) was phenomenal.  As I have said before, it’s one of the few meetings where I learn every bit as much (or even more) as I am hopefully imparting on others. That is the beauty of...
September 14, 2012
By the time you see this article, Fall 2012 will be in full swing — hopefully a little cooler weather, more normal rainfall, football games and strong autumn sales for both growers and retailers.  Fall is also a great time to step back and take...
Ivy Acres
September 14, 2012
Out on Long Island, in the small town of Baiting Hollow, Ivy Acres has been growing plants for nearly half a century. But for the past couple of years, the company has really set its sights on growing itself, too. Big Grower recently sat down with...
September 10, 2012
Light intensity can be measured at any point in time (an instantaneous value) or it can be measured frequently over a period of time and integrated (a cumulative value). Instantaneous measurements are useful for determining when to close retractable...
September 10, 2012
If you’ve sworn off growing double petunias, think again. Suntory Flowers has taken their performance to a new level with Surfinia Summer Double petunias, a new series that is a spinoff of the company’s Surfinia petunias. Compact plants flower...
September 10, 2012
The Peruvian lily is a striking evergreen perennial that has great potential as a spring flowering container crop. This underutilized bulb crop can be grown an marketed alongside other spring flowering bulb crops such as daffodils, hyacinths and...
September 10, 2012
A greenhouse operation, like any business, wins on its margins. Every infrastructure investment must be evaluated for its ability to sustain profit margin gains. Lighting is no exception. Yield gains achieved through artificial lighting are...
September 10, 2012
To get a pulse on what’s hot for 2012, we talked to major U.S. growers from coast to coast and north to Ontario, Canada. Interestingly, they shared similar insights into what’s selling this year. A few themes emerged across all regions: the need to...
September 10, 2012
A plant diagnostic lab is a useful resource for growers with plant problems. Plant pest and disease diagnosis requires a partnership between the lab and the grower, and this article offers best practices on how to take full advantage of the services...
September 10, 2012
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care — Cavett Robert. That’s how Dr. Charlie Hall signs off on all of his email correspondence and that’s how he lives his life. He cares! He cares about his family, he cares about his...
September 10, 2012
To learn more about diseases affecting lobelia, please click on the PDF link below.
September 10, 2012
Did you have a stellar student participate in your internship program this year? Do you know an outstanding student that participated in an internship program at another company?If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, we want to meet...
August 09, 2012
Incandescent lamps are on their way out — or at least the traditional ones. Beginning in 2005, countries began to phase out the manufacturing, importation and/or sales of incandescent lamps simply because they are so inefficient at converting energy...
August 09, 2012
Golden State Bulb Growers Inc. (GSBG) continues to further earn their reputation as a market leader in bulb/tuber production with the recent release of the first of several new eucomis species hybrids. Also known as the Pineapple Lily or King’s...
August 09, 2012
Many growers produce and market ornamental grasses in conjunction with their perennial programs. There are numerous types of grasses in production today. Most are true grasses such as miscanthus and panicum; however, some plants being marketed as...
August 09, 2012
Gone are the days of doing business on a handshake. Sure, some people or companies like to do business this way, but when things go bad between two parties, do you really want to rely on a “he said, she said” type of situation? In today’s world, a...
August 09, 2012
It’s a well-known fact that herbaceous perennials are growing in popularity with today’s consumers. The reasons are many, from the inherent convenience and value of perennials to the ever-expanding variety of perennials available to homeowners and...
August 09, 2012
I know what you are thinking: Another sustainability program, really? Yes, and it is more than certification and certainly worth a look. A New Sustainability Package The newly released package from Food Alliance (FA) includes three sustainability...