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August 22, 2003
Growing media can be a mixed bag, so it's important to keep an eye on your options. You never know when something new might burst on the scene or when something about your current growing media will change. For example, according to the Canadian...
August 21, 2003
Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' has great landscape appeal, with its silvery-gray, almost metallic looking, fronds. The delicate tri-color fronds have maroon midribs that intensify its landscape appeal. Despite the fragile appearance of the Japanese...
August 21, 2003
Over the past few years, we at the University of Connecticut have been cropping osteospermum as a novelty winter crop, and results have been good in both crop quality and customer acceptance and satisfaction. Since year-round cuttings are now widely...
August 08, 2003
A number of new and innovative methods of applying plant growth regulators (PGRs) have gained EPA approval in recent years. PGRs may be applied by "sprench" (combination of spray and drench applied as a high volume, low concentration spray to the...
August 08, 2003
Having just finished a great group of educational programs at the Southeast Greenhouse Conference, I feel obligated to focus on a group of crops that are often misunderstood and sadly shy of production information. Herbs offer most growers a huge...
August 08, 2003
From June to September, Clematis 'Inspiration' bears dark pink flowers accented by yellow stamens on strong stems that have shown a remarkable vase life of up to three weeks. This compact, half-climbing variety reaches 3-5 feet high and is hardy in...
July 10, 2003
Fuel prices continue to fluctuate, causing heartburn and headaches for growers as they receive their monthly fuel bills during periods of cold weather. When fuel costs are high, some growers in cold climates (such as the Northern United States) have...
July 10, 2003
FloraStar, in cooperation with the University of Florida, has selected the winners of the first FloraStar Elite Performer trials that are designed to evaluate how well a variety performs for the grower. The program will focus on vegetative annuals,...
July 10, 2003
The following report of diascia and nemesia trials conducted at the University of Florida trial gardens in Gainesville, Fla., was conducted in the winter of 2002. Gainesville is in USDA Zone 8b and is part of an ongoing research program to evaluate...
July 10, 2003
Have you noticed how popular calibrachoas have become? It is an interesting crop. They can either look very nice or very straggly. The flowers are small, and unless there are lots of them, the plant does not give much of a show. In terms of...
July 10, 2003
Bare root perennials are dormant plants with the soil removed from the roots. They are typically field grown for a period of time, usually one year, and harvested. Once the plants are dug, the tops are trimmed down to approximately 1 inch from the...
July 03, 2003
Methyl bromide is an important part of ornamental production. The combination of methyl bromide and chloropicrin has long been used to control weeds, nematodes and plant pathogens like Pythium. The majority of this fumigant is used for strawberries...
July 03, 2003
The Lamiaceae (mint) family is a relatively small family, containing about 180 genera of herbs and shrubs, only about 68 of which are produced commercially. These cultivated genera include many of our culinary (Mentha, Ocimum, Origanum, Perilla,...
July 03, 2003
Now that the 2003 spring season is behind us, it's time to recap problem areas. Working with my clients and traveling around the United States giving talks, I can narrow down the number of areas that need work to five. There are obviously more...
July 02, 2003
Hardy hibiscus is an old-time garden favorite riding a new wave of popularity. Hibiscus moscheutos is a marshland native of the eastern United States and has hardiness in USDA Zones 4-9. With new developments in plant breeding, today's hibiscus...
June 12, 2003
Pack trials this year seemed a lot like our national outlook: cautious and playing to its strengths. There was a lot of wonderful material, but it was toned down a bit from last year. There seemed to be more improvements on existing series, and...
June 12, 2003
Veronica 'Royal Candles' is a clump-forming, bushy cultivar often utilized in rock gardens, as a border plant or in containers. This cultivar has many distinguishing characteristics such as a compact growth habit, reaching only 10-12 inches tall;...
June 12, 2003
Can you imagine a 17-acre greenhouse range that produces multiple varieties of bedding plants and has all-material movement into and out of the greenhouse done by one person? Can you imagine having transplanting integrated with material movement?...
June 12, 2003
Osmosis is the passing of a liquid through a membrane from a lesser concentration to a greater concentration. Eventually, both liquids would be of equal concentrations. Figure 1, page 48, demonstrates how this reaction takes place. A good example of...
June 12, 2003
The benefits of using composts as soil amendments have been well documented. Composted biosolids (BS), municipal solid waste (MSW) and yard trimmings (YT), when appropriately applied to soil, have been shown to improve vegetable, fruit and field...
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