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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...
November 10, 2011
  As plant breeding continues to evolve and become more precise, Danziger Innovations Ltd. is taking it to even higher levels with technology that gives them unprecedented ability to improve and select for specific traits and...
November 10, 2011
  Plants use light to increase mass through photosynthesis. More mass usually means higher quality and longer postharvest life. However, in many cases, more light enters a greenhouse than a plant can use. In the spring, extra light is great...
November 10, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in lavender. To view this layout, please select the PDF option below.
November 10, 2011
Now, more than ever, it is critical for growers and retailers to identify and nurture budding gardeners. A major challenge facing our industry is finding new gardeners. As baby boomers get older, many of them are not gardening to the same...
October 18, 2011
Bedding plants comprise about half of the total floriculture crop production value in the United States. For many greenhouses, bedding plants are the most profitable segment of their business. Profitable production requires scheduling crops in...
October 18, 2011
Available in 11 colors that have been improved for branching, uniformity and free flowering, Accents are the impatiens of choice when large blooms and strong garden vigor are what really matters. The ‘gold standard’ for bedding impatiens has been...
October 18, 2011
Nepeta nervosa ‘Pink Cat’ offers growers many desirable attributes such as a compact growing habit, an extended bloom time, and ease of production. This attractive and fragrant bloomer also has strong landscape performance, which has helped it...
October 18, 2011
There are several critical considerations regarding the selection, maintenance and especially installation of interior thermal or shading screens. Ask your maintenance manager or contracted installer to review this list prior to handling screens...
October 18, 2011
Embarking on its 80 year anniversary, AAS opened its Summer Summit to growers, brokers, distributors, garden centers, media and garden writers. With record-breaking attendance, the event was a hit. In August, I attended the All-America Selections...
October 18, 2011
From year to year, the cost of fertilizer can fluctuate, and occasionally, a certain analysis or brand of fertilizer may not even be available. Why all the changes? When you consider the raw materials that make up a typical fertilizer blend, where...
October 18, 2011
Growers are exceptionally talented at figuring things out. Knowing a crop, a greenhouse production system, a market — it all blends together. And when it all blends together perfectly, growers can anticipate problems, solve them before they create...
October 18, 2011
Poinsettias are one of the industry’s major products, but we have gotten into a difficult situation with this crop. As growers and often retailers have focused on cutting expenses to be profitable, the quality of the product at retail has...