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August 24, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in zinnia. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting zinnia, please click on the PDF link...
August 24, 2011
We just returned from OFA Short Course and I am happy to report that it looks like the future of our industry is going to be in very capable hands. The reason for my optimism is because of several college students that I met while we were in...
July 21, 2011
This year, many regions of the country had a very wet spring. Consequently, demand for garden plants was delayed, which prevented some producers from shipping crops as scheduled. Growers had to therefore hold their crops longer than anticipated,...
July 21, 2011
Combining vibrant colors with excellent growing characteristics, Estrella is a versatile series suitable for baskets, mixed containers and the landscape. A vegetatively propagated series, Estrella uses Westflowers genetics bred by Westhoff in...
July 21, 2011
New breeding gives growers a reliable series of easy-to-grow, first-year flowering penstemon available in two striking colors. Penstemon, also known as beard tongue, puts on spectacular displays of color in the late spring to early summer....
July 21, 2011
Fungus gnats (Bradysia spp.) are common insect pests of greenhouse-grown crops. The adult flies (Figure 1, above) are considered a nuisance causing minimal direct plant damage; however, eggs laid by adult females hatch into larvae (Figure 2, page 64...
July 21, 2011
Hanging baskets have long been a major revenue stream for the greenhouse industry. Baskets growing above another crop allows you to spread out your input cost per square foot and maximize your profit potential. Traditionally hanging baskets are...
July 21, 2011
In May, GPN’s consulting editor Jim Barrett spent a week in the London area touring nurseries and garden centers to gain insight into the nuances between the United States and United Kingdom markets. To view photos from Jim's trip to the UK, click...
July 21, 2011
Although other industries — fisheries and timber in the 1980s and food processors in the late 1990s — have sustainable protocols in place, floriculture has only recently begun to explore this topic. The initial interest was propagated by Walmart’s...
July 21, 2011
To view tables and figures, click on the PDF link to the right. Plant fertilization requirements, nutrient monitoring and nutrient disorders have been a major research and extension focus at North Carolina State University. With nutrient disorders,...
July 21, 2011
Last month, we gave you an overview of all the trends in marketing, packaging and merchandising we picked up along the California coast at the 2011 Spring Trials. In this issue, we’re focusing on new variety introductions. With hundreds of new...
July 21, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in lisianthus. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting lisianthus, click on the PDF link...
July 21, 2011
California Spring Trials has always served as the industry’s launching pad for breeders to debut their latest and greatest new varieties as well as new marketing programs and other related products. It’s always a fascinating trip when we head to...
June 21, 2011
This is always an interesting time to offer perspective on the big box retailer and supplier world. The southern half of the country is certainly past the peak of their spring season with definite knowledge of what the overall results will look like...
June 21, 2011
One of my favorite meetings each year to attend and speak at is the Big Grower Executive Summit, and this year’s meeting in Miami was no exception. Besides the information provided by the noted speakers, the informal interaction among the...
June 21, 2011
At the 2011 Big Grower Executive Summit, we discussed how, in 2010, we saw a “wave” election, brought about by a restive American people worried about Congressional overreach, federal spending and the role of government in our lives. Wave elections...
June 21, 2011
I’m often asked to explain what I do for a living. In short, I specialize in asking questions among consumers and then converting those insights into marketing strategies. Oftentimes, we’re guilty of asking the same questions among the same type of...
June 21, 2011
If you are in the horticulture business in North America, then you already know that Costa Farms is a big grower — in fact, the Miami-based company is the largest grower of indoor plants in North America. The company specializes in foliage and...
June 20, 2011
Plant quality is subjective and situational, but parameters usually include the number of open flowers and flower buds, the stage of flower development, plant height, the degree of branching, and the absence of pests or obvious nutritional problems...
June 20, 2011
Three seasons of color are made possible with Garvinea! Garvinea is a lush series of plants with flower shapes and colours, totally different from any gerbera on the market. Gerbera, the well-known and appreciated cut flower and indoor potted plant...