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May 08, 2003
Lavender 'Hidcote Superior' is an improved version of the very popular cultivar lavender 'Hidcote'. The improvements over its predecessor include enhanced uniformity, consistent quality and improved flower power. This cultivar of English Lavender...
May 08, 2003
Fall is the time when the weather turns cooler, the leaves start to fall from the trees and all of the summer flowers begin to die. There goes the color until next year. Right? Wrong. In the past decade, fall has become a time when growers have been...
May 08, 2003
The award-winning varieties selected by All-America Selections (AAS), All-America Rose Selections (AARS), Fleuroselect and FloraStar embody all the desirable characteristics growers want. Every new variety released on the market does not undergo...
April 22, 2003
Herbs are used throughout the United States for culinary and medicinal purposes. Total sales of culinary herbs were $30.9 million in 1998. The annual retail sales of medicinal herbs in the United States in 1994 was $1.6 billion and nearly $4.0...
March 18, 2003
Salvia 'Caradonna' is a unique cultivar of the reliable genus and species Salvia nemorosa. The violet-blue flowers are similar to other cultivars of this species except they are held on purple stems that provide an added element of texture....
March 18, 2003
You probably know it as the best growing medium you can buy. Among its many benefits, sphagnum peat moss offers excellent water and air exchange capacity; provides ideal cation-exchange capacity; enhances root growth; provides excellent buffering...
March 18, 2003
On a bright, sunny summer day, a 30- x 100-foot greenhouse will gather about 32 million British Thermal Units (Btus) of heat. This is equivalent to burning 32 gallons of fuel oil or 320 therms of natural gas. If the greenhouse is full of plants,...
March 18, 2003
There is always considerable discussion over what poinsettia cultivars growers should produce and about which cultivars consumers prefer. The new cultivars and their success at retail have changed the industry's mindset of what a poinsettia should...
March 18, 2003
Poppy anemone, lily-of-the-field and windflower are names commonly used for plants and flowers of Anemone coronaria L. As the name poppy anemone suggests, the flowers are similar to poppies and come in various shades of white, red, scarlet, blue and...
March 18, 2003
In Columbus, Ohio, on February 21-23, The Ohio State University, the American Floral Endowment (AFE) and a group of national sponsors hosted the National Floriculture Forum (NFF). This event changes location and subject matter each year, and 2003...
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...
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