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November 12, 2012
With record-breaking hot summers, Red Fox portulaca Cupcakes are a perfect choice. They do more than simply tolerate heat and drought, they seem to thrive in hot temperatures. In trials in southern states like Texas and North Carolina, both of which...
November 12, 2012
About three years ago, I decided to take my sixteen years of experience as a process mechanical engineer and apply it to the greenhouse industry. In my previous work life, I was accustomed to more traditional practices of design and construction...
November 12, 2012
Is sustainability sustainable? Most people are accustomed to forking over extra cash for a product that’s organic, recycled or otherwise eco-friendly. But McConkey Co. in Sumner, Wash., hopes to challenge the assumption that sustainable products...
November 12, 2012
Newly developed natural products are offered to growers every day. Depending on the type of product, the label claims can include increased insect and disease resistance, increased water use efficiency, higher plant quality and longer shelf life....
November 12, 2012
To learn about diseases affecting coleus, please click on the PDF below.
November 12, 2012
Last May, we introduced our first-ever 40 Under 40. From Albano to Zimmerman (and all 38 in between), the Class of 2012 was quite diverse and represented excellence in all aspects of the horticulture industry. Each and every one of those 40...
October 12, 2012
Temperature is the primary factor that controls the speed of developmental processes in plants, such as time to flower, root development, and leaf unfolding. Growers usually monitor and control the temperature of the air because it’s easy and...
October 12, 2012
The newest noble in the Royal Collection boasts a royal flush of the family’s deepest, darkest, blackest purple foliage. Pennisetum hybrid ‘First Knight’ has center leaves that thrust skyward like broadsword blades raised in triumph; outer leaves...
October 12, 2012
Phlox divaricata produces a show-stopping display of color in the late spring, brightening up any landscape. Tony Avent from Plant Delights recently discovered a new cultivar, ‘Parksville Beach’, in the mountains of Parksville Beach, Tenn. This...
October 12, 2012
Have you seen them? Do they make you cringe a little? Those pre-Halloween holiday displays that send a clear message Christmas is right around the corner striking terror in the hearts of garden center merchandisers and buyers alike. Isn’t it mum...
October 12, 2012
As this series of articles featuring the ornamental production team at Purdue University has hopefully underscored, it is the influence of the industry and, therefore, Extension that drives much of our research program. Whether producers are local,...
October 12, 2012
Although it feels like we are being inundated with new downy mildew diseases, downy mildew of basil was actually first found in Uganda in 1933. The current outbreak started in the United States in field-grown basil in south Florida in October 2007....
October 12, 2012
With all the vegetable/edible varieties on the market, how can you possibly have confidence that you’ve chosen the right ones for your edibles program? The ones that will actually perform for the home gardener and have them returning for more? The...
October 12, 2012
In 2010, nearly half of home gardeners in the United States expressed interest in starting a vegetable garden. That year was the pinnacle of the recent homegrown trend, and it was fueled by a perfect storm of economic, social and environmental...
October 12, 2012
With the increased consumer interest in vegetable gardening, many growers have found that adding top-selling vegetable classes like tomatoes and peppers to their ornamentals assortment is a relatively low risk way to boost sales. But why stop there...
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...