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October 23, 2015
When it comes to scaring the pants off of somebody, there are a couple situations that rank up at the top. There’s the old surprise public speaking opportunity that goes something like, “Hey, Jim, I need you to make a presentation to our grower...
October 23, 2015
The majority of the greenhouse vegetables we grow for the end user are produced from seed. Some of us start with plugs from a propagator, but they too must start from seeds. That makes the diseases of vegetables nearly the same as those of bedding...
October 23, 2015
Controlled environment or greenhouse food production is nothing new. In fact, it dates back to Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar. When told by his doctor that he needed a cucumber a day, Caesar lost no time in arranging cucumber production year-round....
October 23, 2015
The past 15 years have been dominated in the horticultural headlines by two invasive pest problems in the central coast of California and other areas — Phytophthora ramorum, the causal agent of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) and Light Brown Apple Moth, a...
October 23, 2015
I began my horticulture career in the early 80s at a time when we were just beginning to use computers to manage our businesses, fax machines were still intimidating to some of the smaller growers and automation was something we had to travel to...
October 23, 2015
In September, Great American Media Services — a business-to- business publisher and event management company based in Sparta, Michigan — acquired, GPN, Big Grower and our sister publication Lawn & Garden Retailer, as well as all of our industry-...
September 23, 2015
f you’re like me, you are willing to spend a Sunday afternoon watching a football game, but not a rugby match. Similar games, but I enjoy watching one and not the other. Why is that? Personal interests aside, I believe the answer may be tied to how...
September 23, 2015
One of the key economic stories shaping the last half of 2015 is when and by how much the Federal Reserve will raise its federal funds rate. The federal funds rate — the overnight rate for bank-to-bank lending — is the Fed’s chief monetary policy...
September 23, 2015
"A Shade Better” is the company motto at Red Oak Greenhouse. Their goal is to provide retail customers (and end-consumers) with the highest quality products and best service possible. Founded in 1879 as a local flower shop in southwestern Iowa, Red...
September 22, 2015
A common question I’m asked is what the best lighting strategy is to promote early spring flowering of bedding plants and/ or herbaceous perennials. The answer to such a question is situational, depending in part on the crops being grown, the...
September 22, 2015
In recent years, coreopsis has become one of the most popular genera of perennials. It’s easy to see why when you witness their eye-catching display of vibrant blooms. The past decade has brought a colorful palette of new coreopsis cultivars to the...
September 22, 2015
It’s not that often a new variety comes along that captivates the industry with not only its stunning appearance, but also possesses the attributes of easy-to-grow, long-lasting shelf-life, great garden performance throughout the season, and the...
September 22, 2015
At Pacific Plug & Liner we continually strive to be one of the must-see stops along the Spring Trials circuit. Our goal is to display a wide selection of new introductions, not only our own but many from different vendors, including Cohen,...
September 22, 2015
Peat has played an important role in horticulture for decades, but concerns over rising costs and environmental effects caused by its harvest have spurred on efforts to find alternative media components. Similarly, environmental issues related to...
September 22, 2015
As the horticulture industry becomes more educated on water treatment and sanitation practices, growers are seeing healthier plants with reduced production costs. Integrating a soil program into your best management practices (BMPs) will further...
September 22, 2015
Editors note: this is the second article in a series on research and education programs being performed at the University of California. My laboratory has focused on the broad area of (integrated pest management) IPM in floriculture for more than 35...
September 22, 2015
I have been around the industry since the age of 3. My father (Dallas Johnson) started Red Oak Greenhouses in 1967. When I was a kid, the greenhouses were kind of my playground. I remember the African Violets, pot mums and all the foliage back then...
September 22, 2015
Question: Can pesticide mixtures be used to mitigate resistance? Answer: First of all, pesticide mixtures or tank mixing involves combining two or more pesticides such as insecticides and/or miticides into a single spray solution. The mixture...
September 22, 2015
For the past 16 years, GPN and Nexus Greenhouse Corp. have been recognizing outstanding college students with the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship. Each year we get an outstanding crop of applicants — students that are doing amazing things...
August 05, 2015
Eager to reinvent the category of strawflowers, we’re excited to introduce the vastly superior Cottage series of bracteantha from Westhoff. Unlike the old-fashioned strawflowers, the Cottage series combines the most disease-resistant genetics...