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July 21, 2011
Although other industries — fisheries and timber in the 1980s and food processors in the late 1990s — have sustainable protocols in place, floriculture has only recently begun to explore this topic. The initial interest was propagated by Walmart’s...
July 21, 2011
To view tables and figures, click on the PDF link to the right. Plant fertilization requirements, nutrient monitoring and nutrient disorders have been a major research and extension focus at North Carolina State University. With nutrient disorders,...
July 21, 2011
Last month, we gave you an overview of all the trends in marketing, packaging and merchandising we picked up along the California coast at the 2011 Spring Trials. In this issue, we’re focusing on new variety introductions. With hundreds of new...
July 21, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in lisianthus. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting lisianthus, click on the PDF link...
July 21, 2011
California Spring Trials has always served as the industry’s launching pad for breeders to debut their latest and greatest new varieties as well as new marketing programs and other related products. It’s always a fascinating trip when we head to...
June 21, 2011
This is always an interesting time to offer perspective on the big box retailer and supplier world. The southern half of the country is certainly past the peak of their spring season with definite knowledge of what the overall results will look like...
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...