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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...
September 10, 2012
Light intensity can be measured at any point in time (an instantaneous value) or it can be measured frequently over a period of time and integrated (a cumulative value). Instantaneous measurements are useful for determining when to close retractable...
September 10, 2012
If you’ve sworn off growing double petunias, think again. Suntory Flowers has taken their performance to a new level with Surfinia Summer Double petunias, a new series that is a spinoff of the company’s Surfinia petunias. Compact plants flower...
September 10, 2012
The Peruvian lily is a striking evergreen perennial that has great potential as a spring flowering container crop. This underutilized bulb crop can be grown an marketed alongside other spring flowering bulb crops such as daffodils, hyacinths and...
September 10, 2012
A greenhouse operation, like any business, wins on its margins. Every infrastructure investment must be evaluated for its ability to sustain profit margin gains. Lighting is no exception. Yield gains achieved through artificial lighting are...
September 10, 2012
To get a pulse on what’s hot for 2012, we talked to major U.S. growers from coast to coast and north to Ontario, Canada. Interestingly, they shared similar insights into what’s selling this year. A few themes emerged across all regions: the need to...
September 10, 2012
A plant diagnostic lab is a useful resource for growers with plant problems. Plant pest and disease diagnosis requires a partnership between the lab and the grower, and this article offers best practices on how to take full advantage of the services...
September 10, 2012
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care — Cavett Robert. That’s how Dr. Charlie Hall signs off on all of his email correspondence and that’s how he lives his life. He cares! He cares about his family, he cares about his...
September 10, 2012
To learn more about diseases affecting lobelia, please click on the PDF link below.
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