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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...
July 05, 2012
These are very interesting and challenging times. Interesting in that the rules of the game in business have changed. Interesting in that growers are being forced to look at new opportunities and learn new skills to both survive and thrive. ...
July 05, 2012
Over the years, contract growing has become a strategic tool for many large growers – especially in today’s challenging economy. It can provide growers with the agility they need to meet the demands of their retail customers. When most people think...
June 08, 2012
Plant quality is an elusive term to describe. If you ask a grower to define what crop quality is, a common response is to hesitate and then say, “I know it when I see it.” That’s probably because a lot of different parameters are simultaneously...
June 08, 2012
Life branching out from the earth” is the simple philosophy of TerraVida. This new collection of tropical vine plants offers 18 unique and beautiful varieties that will provide a distinctive and colorful focal point for any garden, patio, doorway,...
June 08, 2012
Lupines are one of the showiest, most impressive perennials in production today. Their stately pillars of blooms contain dozens of vibrantly colored individual flowers. The Camelot series of hybrids is a dwarf form of this popular perennial. This...
June 08, 2012
These days, greenhouse growers are faced with increased competition and the rising cost of labor, energy and crop inputs. To maximize return on their investment, growers are gradually diversifying their crops to include hydroponic vegetables. Smart...
June 08, 2012
Ornamental growers have long struggled with managing growing media pH. Maintaining correct growing media pH is critical for many crops especially if production time is greater than six to eight weeks. Today, numerous popular crops have difficulty...
June 08, 2012
In addition to the greenhouse environment, crop culture including fertilizers, substrates, and plant growth regulators (PGRs), has a large impact on our ability to grow high-quality greenhouse crops. If properly managed, these three inputs can...
June 08, 2012
Each spring, Team GPN roadtrips along the California coast to visit with the many breeders and suppliers exhibiting at the Spring Trials. It’s sort of like floriculture’s “fashion week.” This is where the new varieties and big trends in the industry...
June 08, 2012
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June 08, 2012
Now that it’s June, hopefully you are getting a chance to catch your breath and start to take a look at what happened this spring. What I have been hearing from growers and retailers across the county, Spring 2012 has been an eventful one. Thanks to...
May 10, 2012
Temperature and light conditions in a greenhouse vary significantly throughout the year, especially in northern, temperate climates. During the winter, our environmental concerns for greenhouse production typically focus on low light levels, short...
May 10, 2012
Can you remember what echinacea looked like 10 years ago? Lanky, pale, floppy plants? These were the norm. The older coneflowers in the trade had few blooms and two colors; faded pink and white. Thanks to the work of Jim Ault, Richard Saul, Ari...
May 10, 2012
Delosperma, commonly referred to as ice plant, is an underutilized plant that has great potential in perennial programs. Ice plant forms low-growing mats of succulent foliage with daisy-like flowers and grows well throughout much of the United...
May 10, 2012
The greenhouse environment, including light and temperature, has a large impact on our ability to grow and schedule high-quality greenhouse crops. Additionally, energy costs are second only to labor for many in today’s greenhouse industry. As a...
May 10, 2012
Choosing varieties to add to your production always involves some risk. What maintenance will the plant require? How will it stand up to inclement weather? What will it look like as it matures? Will it appeal to the consumer? To help answer these...
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