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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...
November 11, 2011
The recent passing of Steven Jobs was felt around the world and saddened so many people for the simple reason that Apple products became part of our everyday lives and more so made it more convenient to live them. Steve and Apple didn’t...
November 11, 2011
To say that the economic recovery has been uneven is to restate the obvious. Initially, growth came back strongly, boosted by inventory rebuilding and strengthening private sector activity. Last summer, however, the recovery started to weaken and...
November 11, 2011
Walters Gardens has been providing the horticulture market with a plethora of perennials for more than a half century. The company’s success and longevity can be attributed to the fact that they are constantly looking for new products, processes and...
November 10, 2011
  Many medium- and large-sized operations use cost-accounting software to estimate their costs of production. Some growers have created their own spreadsheets while others use a commercial product. I’m not an economist, but I know...
November 10, 2011
  Dahlias have always been a dramatic addition to a garden or patio, but with the introduction of new RED FOX dahlia XXL, the curtain has opened on a whole new act. All seven XXL varieties are just as their name suggests — large-...
November 10, 2011
  Helenium is a very attractive, yet underutilized perennial. Helenium ‘Double Trouble’ is no exception, as it is the only commercially available double flowering cultivar, producing countless small, daisy-like double bright,...
November 10, 2011
  We have had many great debates in this country — while this election cycle we will be hearing debates about the best way to jump start the economy. Over the years we have had debates over other critical issues. Some of my favorites...
November 10, 2011
While the current economic situation is putting extreme pressure on growers, innovators are surviving with new practices, such as treating young plants in plug trays.   Over the past several years greenhouse growers have been forced to adapt to...
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