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March 18, 2003
There is much talk about how we as a society must stop cloning at all costs. Just think about what would happen if humans were to become like aphids. Sexual reproduction would no longer be necessary, and all females would be born pregnant. Well all...
March 18, 2003
This is the season when every grower starts worrying about how to control plant growth, whether plugs, bedding flats, pots or baskets. All growers should be doing whatever they can to control temperature, provide more light, reduce humidity,...
February 28, 2003
It's been such a long time since we've had a new plant growth regulator (PGR) in floriculture. Actually, flurprimidol, the active ingredient in the new SePRO product being labeled in the United States as Topflor, is not a new compound. In fact, Paul...
February 28, 2003
B-Nine and Cycocel tank mixes have been effectively used by growers for many years. However, there are still many growers who have not yet taken full advantage of this useful tool. The primary advantage of the B-Nine/Cycocel tank mix is that it...
February 28, 2003
Managing plant height, insects and mites, and the many diseases that affect greenhouse-grown bedding and potted plants are some of the many challenges that face today's growers. Most pest and plant growth problems are controlled by using a variety...
January 28, 2003
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are commonly applied to container-grown plants to control stem elongation and produce high-quality, compact plants. Flurprimidol was a molecule discovered more than 20 years ago by Eli Lily and Company. It was...
January 28, 2003
Slippery! Slimy! Creepy things, yuck! This pretty much describes the general opinion of what a slug or snail is. These pests fall under the general responsibility of entomologists when it comes to who has to deal with calls and questions concerning...
January 28, 2003
Ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus L.), with the common name Persian buttercup, has primarily been produced as a field-grown cut flower, thanks to extensive breeding work in England during the 19th century that resulted in more than 500 varieties....
January 28, 2003
Getting an early start on spring sales is critical to growers around the United States. The problem is finding plant material that can be grown under cool conditions, will flower under early spring short-day photoperiod, and has some tolerance of...
January 28, 2003
Weeds compete for water, nutrients and light, resulting in reduced flower yield and increased threat of serious insect and disease problems. A successful weed management program utilizes cultural practices such as cultivation and mulching, or a...
January 28, 2003
Dianthus 'Bouquet Purple' has been produced as a bedding plant or cut flower for a few years, and it is still underutilized as a perennial crop. Bouquet Purple has many desirable perennial characteristics such as: quick finishing time from plugs,...
December 31, 2002
Leucanthemum 'Becky' is quickly becoming one of the most common varieties of Shasta daisy in commercial production today. This cultivar has many distinguishing characteristics, such as shiny, deep-green leaves that hold up well in heat and humidity...
December 31, 2002
Plant nutrient management requires a thorough understanding of the relationships between irrigation practices, fertilization programs and root medium selection. Everything is connected. Even a minor change in any of these cultural practices impacts...
December 31, 2002
Somewhere between the explosion of the foliage industry in the 70s and the changing of the interiorscape market, many of us lost touch with what was happening in the world of foliage. I have recently been working on renovating our conservatory/...
December 31, 2002
The first place to automate should be one that is highly repetitive, employs multiple laborers, requires substantial time and/or introduces variability. For many growers, this translates into a replugging line. Many growers question whether or not...
December 31, 2002
Year after year, the Annual GPN/Summit Plastics State of the Industry Report provides the most comprehensive data available about the past year in floriculture. The big question is, what has changed so much in one year? New trends, higher sales,...
November 05, 2002
Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' is destined to become one of the most sought-after perennials for growers and gardeners across the country. Limerock Ruby yields abundant, 1 1/2-inch, ruby red, daisy-like flowers with yellow eyes, above neat, narrow...
November 05, 2002
Over the past several years, there have been few changes in the growth regulators available to the greenhouse industry. While there have been many new insecticides and fungicides introduced, we have been working with the same height control products...
November 05, 2002
I've been kidding around at some of the recent conferences by polling the audience to determine its makeup. First, I ask how many in the audience work in greenhouses, then how many work in nurseries or both since many nurseries have associated...
November 05, 2002
There is always a strange sense of déjà vu in working with new crops, remembering an earlier time where you worked with a plant and then seeing it resurface on the market again. That's the way it is with rex begonias. When I was first studying...