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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...
January 12, 2012
While many college students often neglect to take full advantage of their breaks from school, Amy Hinkle spent this past summer in Stillwater, Okla., working for a cut flower grower. The Pennsylvania State University junior majoring in Horticulture...
January 11, 2012
Despite all of the negative news, market volatility, and the grim prognoses of the TV pundits, the U.S. economy is not likely to fall back into another recession. Yes, the U.S. economy slowed sharply last year, but slowing growth is not the same...
January 11, 2012
As we look around the industry and what has gone on the past six months, most reports from growers and their sales results at retail has been mostly positive. While no one will ever mistake the volume and sales of mums, poinsettias, Christmas trees...
January 11, 2012
We now have 7 billion people living on planet Earth — a benchmark that has provided futurists with an opportunity to discuss foreseen limitations to continued population growth. We can also anticipate what will limit us in the production of...
January 11, 2012
Ten years ago when Proven Winners released the Superbena collection of verbena it was a different world, and this crop is one that has changed a lot in terms of not only the quality of the breeding, but also the sheer number of varieties to choose...
January 11, 2012
Everybody likes to hear complimentary remarks about their products. But having complementary products in two different markets is something Bill Dewar also likes. People are always saying nice things about the roses and the blooming potted plants...
January 11, 2012
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ was first introduced by Walters Gardens, Inc. in 2000 and over the past 11 years this hardy perennial has become a reliable and popular perennial for shade gardens across the country. With its ease of production, desirable...
January 11, 2012
The challenge in today’s business world is to produce more at less cost. The greenhouse industry in this regard is no different than any other business. Historically, most greenhouse owners and managers were and still are a conservative lot. Of...
January 11, 2012
Fall brings to mind the rich warm yellows, oranges, bronze, reds and dark purples of tree leaves as they change color. Needless to say, pink has not been an important fall color. That began to change in 1991 when pink ribbons were handed out at a...
January 11, 2012
Adam Moseley has a busy year ahead of him. The University of Florida student is set to graduate in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture, specializing in horticultural operations. Afterward he will continue on to a number...
December 09, 2011
I’ve been receiving an increasing number of inquiries from greenhouse growers about lighting guidelines for growing fruiting vegetable crops. Certainly for vine crops like tomato, pepper and cucumber, the daily light integral (DLI) is the biggest...
December 09, 2011
This strongly scented dianthus is easy to grow and flowers all summer long. Last year, Fides Oro introduced the new dianthus Kahori: a plant with very attractive pink flowers, a great scent and hardiness to Zone 4. This plant has had major...
December 09, 2011
With its late-season bloom and compact habit, the Pretty Lady series is an ideal candidate for fall perennial programs. Most perennial growers are looking for fall flowering items to add to their product lines and the Pretty Lady series of Anemone...
December 09, 2011
The first electro-mechanical time clocks and electric watering valves made it possible to water at times when a grower wasn’t handy to turn on a valve. As irrigation time clocks started to incorporate solid-state electronics, it became...
December 09, 2011
Growers face many challenges producing bedding plants — timing, insects, profitability and, of course, disease. Diseases can be particularly frustrating as they often appear just as the crop is ready for sale. For the homeowner, diseases can...
December 09, 2011
I have an unusual job description: “Travel the world and seek out the newest plants.” This role takes me to the mega shows in Germany and Holland, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) shows in England, American trade shows from IGC to OFA, and even...
December 09, 2011
Applying the right amount of mist in propagation is a constant challenge. Too little mist results in immediate damage or death, so most propagators tend to stay on the side of being too wet. However, excess mist wastes water and fertilizer while...
December 09, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in gaillardia. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting gaillardia, please click on the...
December 01, 2011
The 2012 Big Grower Executive Summit will take place Feb. 26 to 28 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. The theme for this year’s Executive Summit is “Creating Value for You, Your Company and the Consumer.” Are You Available February 26-28? If...