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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...
November 05, 2002
It seems like only a short while ago since I was trying to write this article for 2001. Now it is 2002, and I wonder what has changed in the past 12 months. Although we have seen registrations for new fungicides during the past couple of years,...
October 10, 2002
With more and more new vegetative annuals being produced, growers are finding themselves doing more pinching and cutting back to stimulate better branching and to control growth. Many of the new vegetative annuals are quite vigorous and designed for...
October 10, 2002
Fungus gnats are common pests in greenhouses. Their larvae feed on the roots of many different crops, which can cause direct damage to the crop. The root damage caused by the larvae also makes it easier for fungal pathogens to enter into and infect...
October 10, 2002
Many growers are really excited about putting plants together in container gardens. The "gardeners-in-us" get excited to see how beautiful the plants look mixed together. The "business-people-in-us" know this is an area to capitalize on because of...
October 10, 2002
Raspberries have an exceptionally short shelf life, are easily damaged when handled and do not transport well. Because of their perishable nature, the opportunities to market high-quality, fresh raspberries produced under favorable field conditions...
October 10, 2002
Pesticides used today are less toxic and used less frequently than several years ago. Nevertheless, they can be a serious hazard to employees if not stored and used properly. Storage Store pesticides in a room located away from eating areas, boiler...
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