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October 18, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in chrysanthemum. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. Please click on the PDF version below t to learn more about diseases...
October 18, 2011
This month America in Bloom will celebrate its 10th anniversary during its annual symposium Oct. 6 to 8, in Washington, D.C. America in Bloom’s mission is to promote “nationwide beautification through education and community...
September 26, 2011
As the saying goes, “Change is inevitable.” That doesn’t mean it is good or bad, it just is — inevitable. Ken Altman faced an inevitable (and major) change this year when Target announced in 2010 that it was getting out of the live goods business....
September 26, 2011
As gas prices at the pump eased a bit during the summer, consumers gained more confidence and, coupled with recent reports of unemployment easing a bit, have spent more than most economists expected through the 2nd quarter this year. The interesting...
September 26, 2011
One of the things that always intrigues me is that as an industry, we are looking to transform ourselves from growers and suppliers into consumer goods companies with an emphasis on “consumer.” As someone who has been in horticulture for more than...
September 21, 2011
Paclobutrazol is probably the most widely used active ingredient used to regulate extension growth of floriculture crops in the United States. Paclobutrazol was introduced to the floriculture industry as Bonzi (Syngenta Professional Products) over...
September 21, 2011
SuperCal, a revolutionary leader in the all-new flower class known as petchoa (petunia x calibrachoa hybrid) delivers the best characteristics of two top-selling species into one. From the petunia side of its family legacy, SuperCal inherits strong...
September 21, 2011
When in full bloom, lithodora is a show stopper in containers and garden settings. Lithodora ‘White Star’ is no exception as it produces an abundance of gleaming white star-shaped blossoms outlined in vibrant blue during the late spring and into the...
September 21, 2011
Intellectual property, which includes plant patents, utility patents, plant breeders rights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, copyrights and enforcement, is an important mechanism for horticultural companies to protect their research and...
September 21, 2011
As mixed combos continue to grow in popularity, breeders are adding new mixes to their collections. Find out which mixes stood out in trials. Mixed containers and baskets have been a staple component of color programs for years. The industry has...
September 21, 2011
Many perennial growers have been trialing the plant growth regulator Configure to improve various aspects of their perennial programs. Growers are seeking to improve branching, increase the number of flowers produced, and to improve plant quality....
September 21, 2011
Anyone who ever met Jack Williams will always remember his laugh, his smile and the twinkle in his eye — but what everyone appreciates is his dedication and commitment to advancing the horticulture industry. That’s why Jack Williams is GPN’s 2011...
September 21, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in petunias. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting petunias, please click the PDF link...
September 21, 2011
Do you know an intriguing intern? Every year when the new school year begins, and college students return to the classroom and greenhouses at their schools, GPN and Nexus Corp. begin our quest to find this year’s Intern of the Year. We want to find...
August 24, 2011
This spring, the Kalamazoo Flower Group (KFG) asked for input on watering practices prior to shipping bedding plants in flower. They ship plants throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States, and wanted to make sure that plants arrived at...
August 24, 2011
It’s the dawn of a new day in gazanias as recent breeding efforts have focused on developing big and bold varieties for consumers. Gazania is a native of South Africa and is also called treasure flower. They are widely grown and admired for their...
August 24, 2011
With its variegated foliage and strong impulse appeal, 'Shockwave' is changing the norm for how phlox is used. Traditionally garden phlox was used as the backbone of the summer landscape, but Phlox paniculata ‘Shockwave’ is changing the norm for how...
August 24, 2011
The OFA Short Course is one of the horticulture industry’s premier events. From growers to retailers to floral designers, the show drew nearly 9,000 attendees this year, as well as exhibitors from the United States and more than 25 other countries....
August 24, 2011
Water is vital to plants. It’s the lifeblood of a greenhouse and how it’s managed has a direct impact on the success of a grower. As the demand for water increases, finding sustainable solutions to capturing, containing and using it become critical...
August 24, 2011
Check out these new cut flowers that will keep your buckets and pockets full. The cut flower industry needs to regularly introduce new cut flower species to keep and increase consumer interest. With all the new introductions growers have a difficult...