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March 15, 2012
One of my favorite blues artists is Keb Mo and recently on the drive home, I heard one of his songs on my radio. The song was “The Whole Enchilada” and the chorus goes like this: “So tell me now that you’ve got the whole enchilada [aka The Girl] …...
March 15, 2012
2011 has been a chaotic year for Jerry Halamuda and the team at Color Spot Nurseries in Fallbrook,Calif. With the passing of co-founder and best friend Mike Vukelich and the acquisition of two Hines locations, many people are wondering, “What’s next...
March 13, 2012
Ornamental herbaceous perennials represent approximately 14 percent of the total value of floriculture crop production in the United States. An increasing number of perennials are grown and marketed in flower. Michigan State University faculty and...
March 13, 2012
Chrysocephalum ‘Outback Silver Sunburst’ is a beautiful foliage component from the Ecke Ranch. It has silvery leaves on a mounded, compact plant. Bright yellow flowers open on mature plants. Silver Sunburst can be used as a contrast plant in mixed...
March 13, 2012
Many people recognize and associate hollyhocks with their grandmothers’ garden. Although alcea may be considered an old fashioned perennial, the genetics of this genus has been enhanced over the years, offering several improved attributes in the...
March 13, 2012
In the process of solving a water source problem about three years ago, Metrolina Greenhouses learned a lot about the wide range of issues potentially affecting their water quality. As a result, they embarked on a deliberate program to evaluate the...
March 13, 2012
Energy is typically the second largest overhead cost in the production of greenhouse ornamentals. For the past several years, one of our major research thrusts has been to reduce heating inputs as well as reduce electricity costs through more...
March 13, 2012
Each year the poinsettia breeder companies introduce many new cultivars — see the February issue of GPN for information on the 21 new cultivars from the North American Poinsettia Trials being introduced for 2012. As a part of these trials, we ask...
March 13, 2012
To learn more about diseases affecting verbena, please click on the PDF link below.
March 13, 2012
Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog’s Day this year and predicted six more weeks of winter, meteorological winter actually concluded at the end of February. Suddenly, according to the meteorologists, spring is already here even...
February 28, 2012
To learn more about diseases affecting dahlias, please click on the PDF link below.
February 09, 2012
As energy prices continue to remain high, growers are keen on energy conservation strategies, especially when their operations are located in colder climates. Ultimately, growers are interested in reducing the amount of energy required to produce a...
February 09, 2012
With Sun Harmony, Danziger delivers what few can: impatiens that perform and excel in the brightest sunshine. Plants are covered in flowers even at the height of summer. Variety Information The Sun Harmony series features incomparable big 2-inch...
February 09, 2012
Caladiums make a great addition to any perennial program. With their interesting and colorful foliage, caladiums provide instant color to retail displays and fit perfectly with the ‘color sells’ philosophy in today’s marketplace. Breeding and...
February 09, 2012
I was recently asked to give a presentation as part of the Jack Williams Honorarium to the Pi Alpha Xi group at Ohio State University.When they asked what I would like to speak about, it struck me that our industry is at a turning point — we have...
February 09, 2012
Many growers no longer rely exclusively on conventional pesticides to control pests. Most have increased their use of mechanical and biological control methods.While pesticide resistance issues have driven much of this change in management...
February 09, 2012
Blueberries are a great candidate for container production. They fit into the ornamental edibles market niche and combine consumer interest in edible gardening, sustainability and low-care perennials. Blueberry cultivars selected for local...
February 09, 2012
Welcome to the “North American Poinsettia Trials” — we have changed the name of the National Poinsettia trial program this year to highlight that the University of Guelph, Vineland Station, Ontario, is now part of the program. Wayne Brown...
February 09, 2012
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in snapdragons. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting snapdragons, please click on the...
February 09, 2012
Do you have your finger on the pulse of today’s gardening consumer? As the economy continues its s-l-o-w and methodical recovery, and as the gardening demographic continues to evolve and consumer tastes and buying habits shift and morph, it is...