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February 22, 2011
One of America’s favorite natives, echinacea continue to be a necessity in any perennial collection, and new breeding has brought wonderful improvements to the straight species. Echinacea is an All-American prairie flower that rewards its growers...
February 22, 2011
This improved hybrid livens up the landscape with bright color and is sure to make an impression at garden centers across the country Over the past several years, many growers have added hydrangea to their product lines. Hydrangea produce large,...
February 22, 2011
What if you could reach the Holy Grail of spring: early flowering at a price you can sell, produced in space you already have? Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) says you can. They’ve trialed and tested scores of varieties with a goal of fast-finishing...
February 22, 2011
Clean cuttings, young plants or plugs — this has been a discussion point for many years in our industry. It also has been a topic of tension between customers and suppliers. In this article, the idea is to try getting some positive thoughts and...
February 22, 2011
Three common methods are used for extracting solution from greenhouse root substrate for testing pH, EC and nutrient levels. In the saturated media extract procedure (SME, also known as saturated paste extract), cores of substrate are taken from the...
February 22, 2011
Which introductions will you add to your poinsettia program this year? This year 18 new cultivars were introduced in the National Poinsettia Trials conducted at Homewood Nursery in Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the...
February 22, 2011
Please click on the PDF to the right to learn more about the diseases affecting hedera.
February 22, 2011
While February may be the shortest month of the year, it is still a very busy one for growers. Many cut flower growers have been and will be busy this month supplying florists and retailers with flowers for Valentine’s Day. Fresh flowers love...
January 27, 2011
In the November 2010 issue, I discussed the fundamentals of how temperature influences the development and timing of greenhouse crops. Conceptually, floriculture crops respond to temperature similarly: they develop in response to the average daily...
January 27, 2011
Trialed and tested, these healthy dianthus perform well in greenhouses, nurseries and in the landscape. Dianthus has become one of the most commonly grown perennials in North America. Whetman Pinks, a specialist breeder in the UK, has introduced...
January 27, 2011
Adding texture to the landscape, the 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year provides tremendous value from spring to fall. Amsonia hubrichtii is an outstanding perennial that has largely gone under the radar until recently when it was selected as the...
January 27, 2011
Integrate maintenance into your winter schedule for a more productive spring Ask a grower about maintenance, and you’ll learn volumes about their greenhouse range. Growers approach the job of maintenance in different ways; many find logged data,...
January 27, 2011
An introduction to the floriculture group at NCSU The floriculture group at North Carolina State University involves individuals from a number of departments, including horticulture, plant pathology and entomology. The core group in Horticultural...
January 27, 2011
While many college students often neglect to take full advantage of their breaks from school, Amy Hinkle spent this past summer in Stillwater, Okla., working for a cut flower grower. The Pennsylvania State University junior majoring in Horticulture...
January 27, 2011
Please click on the PDF to the right to learn more about diseases affecting asiatic lily.
January 27, 2011
Now that 2011 has officially arrived, what are you going to do this month? What are you and your employees doing during this “down time?” While things may be a little slower in your greenhouses right now (there’s always plenty to do), this is the...
January 12, 2011
By taking risks and focusing on value, Rocket Farms’ production has grown substantially. When opportunity knocks, this big grower is prepared and ready to move forward. Rocket Farms, headquartered in Salinas, Calif., was founded about 20 years ago...
January 12, 2011
The recovery remained lackluster in the third and fourth quarters of 2010, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth coming in at around 2 percent. We should, however, start to see the economy begin to re-accelerate in 2011. Consumer spending is...
January 12, 2011
 
December 21, 2010
I was fortunate to be one of 10 North Americans who participated in “The Sustainability Initiative” in the Netherlands. This pilot program was organized by the Agricultural Counselor’s Office of the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. We spent...