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August 09, 2012
Gone are the days of doing business on a handshake. Sure, some people or companies like to do business this way, but when things go bad between two parties, do you really want to rely on a “he said, she said” type of situation? In today’s world, a...
August 09, 2012
It’s a well-known fact that herbaceous perennials are growing in popularity with today’s consumers. The reasons are many, from the inherent convenience and value of perennials to the ever-expanding variety of perennials available to homeowners and...
August 09, 2012
I know what you are thinking: Another sustainability program, really? Yes, and it is more than certification and certainly worth a look. A New Sustainability Package The newly released package from Food Alliance (FA) includes three sustainability...
August 09, 2012
No matter their size, pests can quickly spread as plant material is moved from facility to facility and become unmanageable, leading to shrink, reduced profits and even loss of native species. In this fifth article, the ornamental pest management...
August 09, 2012
Each year in the spring, breeding companies from around the world show off the multiple new introductions at the California Spring Trials. Visitors travel the state stopping at multiple venues to see all of the latest and greatest. Pacific Plug...
August 09, 2012
To learn about diseases affecting dieffenbachia and aglaonema, please click on the PDF link below.
August 09, 2012
After attending OFA Short Course last month, I am extremely happy to report that the future of the horticulture industry is in good hands. While we were in Columbus, we had the opportunity to introduce our 40 Under 40 honorees in person to the rest...
July 11, 2012
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are one of the trendiest technologies in the greenhouse industry. There are particularly interesting opportunities with LEDs in the production of young plants (plugs and liners) and high-wire vegetable (tomato, cucumber...
July 11, 2012
The history of streptocarpus as a cultivated plant dates back to at least 1826 when a cousin to the current form was first introduced into the United Kingdom. The genus is known for its ability to produce exotic-looking blooms indoors, in relatively...
July 11, 2012
Veronica are treasured for their striking appearance and long-lasting bloom in the landscape. Speedwell comes in many shapes and sizes; however, the proverb “good things come in small packages” sure describes the attributes of Veronica ‘Sweet...
July 11, 2012
Shrink refers to the things you do that you don’t get paid for. There are a number of opportunities in your business where small changes in processes can significantly move more profits to your bottom line. The first step to understand shrink...
July 11, 2012
Western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, is still one of the most destructive insect pests of commercial greenhouses feeding on a wide variety of horticultural crops. WFT damage potential is due not only to its ability to directly...
July 11, 2012
Daylilies (Hemerocallis) have long been popular perennials at retail and in the garden because they are beautiful and very easy to grow.   The challenge for retailers is having daylilies in bloom while retail traffic is at its peak since they...
July 11, 2012
It’s difficult to believe that the trade press began covering floriculture sustainability over five years ago. Since then, many of you have probably incorporated an aspect of sustainable production or marketing in your greenhouse without even...
July 11, 2012
Last month, I gave you a recap of some of the trends and ideas we picked up during the California Spring Trials. This month, I’ll be focusing on some of the new variety introductions that grabbed trial visitors’ attention. With hundreds of varieties...
July 11, 2012
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in ranunculus. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting ranunculus, click on the PDF link...
July 11, 2012
It’s hard to believe, but 2012 is already half over! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were at California Spring Trials checking out all of the new variety introductions. and eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. But spring has sprung...
July 09, 2012
Whether poinsettias are pinched by hand or are mechanically sheared, considerable effort and expense goes into the pinching process. Today’s poinsettia varieties all branch better than older varieties, but none would be described as “free branching...
July 05, 2012
Before you turn the page and ignore this column take a couple of seconds to consider the following questions:  Where would your business be today if you did not have soilless mixes to use for growing purposes? Or better yet, you did not have...
July 05, 2012
One of my favorite meetings each year to attend (and speak at) is the Big Grower Executive Summit (BGES) and this year’s meeting in San Diego was no exception.  Besides the critical information provided by the noted speakers, the information...