View All: Articles

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...
June 20, 2011
Ever since the Perennial Plant Association selected Perovskia atriplicifolia as the 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year, Russian sage has become a staple item in perennial programs and landscapes across the country. This long-lived perennial has silver...
June 20, 2011
You’ve got questions, and the experts at the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association have the answers. Here are some frequently asked questions related to heating systems and heat loss for greenhouse structures. How does heat loss occur? Heat...
June 20, 2011
Achimenes, commonly known as the Orchid Pansy, Hot Water Plant or Star of India, is one of the “top 10 underused floriculture crops.” We recently conducted research on achimenes and agree they are not used enough in the industry. They are a ‘diamond...
June 20, 2011
In the Horticultural Substrates Lab at North Carolina State University, Brian Jackson and I are striving to improve the efficiency of substrates for greenhouse production. Our objectives are four fold. To explore the use of wood as an organic...
June 20, 2011
Each spring, the GPN crew heads west to California for a week-long journey visiting breeders and industry suppliers. It’s always quite an adventure, and this year was no different. Starting in Encinitas and ending in Gilroy, we made a total of 18...
June 20, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in calibrachoa. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting calibrachoa, click on the PDF...
June 20, 2011
For the past couple of months I have been looking all over the place and I can’t seem to find it anywhere. There was even talk that we might need to put out a Missing Persons Report, because nobody could find it ­— I’m talking about Spring 2011. No...
May 19, 2011
Unlike people, animals and insects, plants are not able to get up and move. They are stuck in the container, or in the landscape, where they are planted. However, plants are able to adapt their growth to try to position stems and leaves so that they...
May 19, 2011
Pentas, which are native to northeast Africa, are well known to thrive in very hot and dry conditions. Did you know that they are also very tolerant of salt exposure and high humidity? Due to recent advancements in breeding, there are even pentas...
May 19, 2011
Valued for its golden variegation, erect upright form and tidy clumps, this feather reed grass is easy to grow and boasts strong landscape performance. Ornamental grasses continue their popularity as reliable, long-lived landscape perennials. Prior...
May 19, 2011
As the need for recycled water increases, new technologies must be explored. To grow healthy plants, there are a number of key ingredients that are required: plant materials, substrate to grow the plants in, sunlight, nutrients and water. Water is...
May 19, 2011
Proper propagation techniques can be critical to your poinsettia crop’s success. New research from Clemson University looks at a new rooting medium that growers may want to consider this poinsettia season. Researchers have developed a new rooting...
May 19, 2011
In early 2009, East Jordan Plastics purchased a facility in South Haven, Mich., and dedicated it to recycling used and obsolete horticultural containers and tags. Their proprietary process allows for used containers to be turned into clean regrind...
May 19, 2011
Find out why breeders are working hard to introduce new and exciting eucomis varieties to the market. Eucomis, commonly known as pineapple lily, is an easy-to-produce perennial, native to South Africa. The flower spikes are a dense column of waxy,...