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June 15, 2006
With so many new i n t roductions shown each year at the California Pack Trials, it can be pretty tough to identify the few that will work under large growers’ special conditions: small containers, tight spacing and fast turns. This year, Big...
June 15, 2006
Big growers face big risks every day. For some companies, relying on contract growers is one of those risks not worth taking — not so for Masterpiece Flower Co. For the Byron Center, Mich.-headquartered company, using contract growers is an...
June 15, 2006
In May, the Senate began considering health legislation that would allow small businesses to band together in insurance pools to offer health insurance policies to workers. If passed, the measure would override state health benefit and cost...
June 15, 2006
Over the past few years, we have heard people raving about the fantastic research developments in the world of plant biotechnology. Proponents of biotechnology (including myself) have dreamed of markets filled with biotech flowers that are produced...
June 15, 2006
As we were finishing up this second edition of Big Grower, I made a trip to north Florida to the landscape trials at University of Florida (UF). The start of the annual performancetrial pilgrimage, the UF trial marks the first opportunity to see...
May 03, 2006
If you or someone you know has a successful marketing program, let us know, and they might be eligible to win the 2006 GPN/John Henry Company Creative Marketing Award. The winner will be featured in the cover story of the June 2006 issue of GPN and...
May 02, 2006
Over the past few years, we have seen post-patent fungicides enter the ornamental marketplace. They are sometimes less costly and usually have a very similar label to the brand-name fungicides we are familiar with. We have also started seeing...
May 02, 2006
Large-volume poinsettia growers are facing a number of issues that are different from growers supplying independent garden centers. I have heard from several large growers who are seriously considering dropping poinsettias or planning to greatly...
May 02, 2006
Being a big box vendor often means undertaking product merchandising in the store or allowing store employees to handle it, but now many stores are requiring merchandising be handled by an outside company. These third-party merchandisers are not...
May 02, 2006
Where do you get your fuel? “We work with a broker who deals with other area nurseries. He has five or six growers that actually hedge natural gas. The rest just buy through their utility or they may nominate gas through him. When you get to the...
May 02, 2006
Welcome to the first issue of Big Grower, a supplement to GPN magazine that was designed especially for the largest growers in the United States. Big Grower grew out of a brainstorming session with Jim Barrett, Dave Edenfield and Jim Snyder. It was...
May 02, 2006
Almost everyone in the industry is familiar with Color Spot. The company has always been innovative, taking the lead on many items growers now think of as standard; it was even one of the first greenhouse companies to have large-scale outside...
December 12, 2001
The temperature and light environment delivered to a pansy crop has a great impact on crop timing and quality. In general, the highest-quality pansies are grown under high light levels and cool temperatures, while the poorest quality occurs under...
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