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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...
August 24, 2011
How were your spring sales and production this year? “Markets which started strong with double digit sales growth/comps could not sustain it and bottomed out later in the season. The reverse happened with markets which started very poorly. They were...
August 24, 2011
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in zinnia. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. To learn more about diseases affecting zinnia, please click on the PDF link...
August 24, 2011
We just returned from OFA Short Course and I am happy to report that it looks like the future of our industry is going to be in very capable hands. The reason for my optimism is because of several college students that I met while we were in...
July 21, 2011
This year, many regions of the country had a very wet spring. Consequently, demand for garden plants was delayed, which prevented some producers from shipping crops as scheduled. Growers had to therefore hold their crops longer than anticipated,...
July 21, 2011
Combining vibrant colors with excellent growing characteristics, Estrella is a versatile series suitable for baskets, mixed containers and the landscape. A vegetatively propagated series, Estrella uses Westflowers genetics bred by Westhoff in...
July 21, 2011
New breeding gives growers a reliable series of easy-to-grow, first-year flowering penstemon available in two striking colors. Penstemon, also known as beard tongue, puts on spectacular displays of color in the late spring to early summer....
July 21, 2011
Fungus gnats (Bradysia spp.) are common insect pests of greenhouse-grown crops. The adult flies (Figure 1, above) are considered a nuisance causing minimal direct plant damage; however, eggs laid by adult females hatch into larvae (Figure 2, page 64...
July 21, 2011
Hanging baskets have long been a major revenue stream for the greenhouse industry. Baskets growing above another crop allows you to spread out your input cost per square foot and maximize your profit potential. Traditionally hanging baskets are...
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