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November 05, 2013
Biological control is a pest management strategy that involves the use of natural enemies such as parasitoids, predators or pathogens to control pest populations, including insects and mites. It is important to understand that biological control is...
November 05, 2013
I think it is pretty safe to say that most people in the horticulture industry know that this business is made up of a plethora of creative, compassionate and innovative individuals. As long as growers have been growing and selling plants, these...
October 09, 2013
An increasing number of growers are using high-intensity lighting during low-light periods to increase crop growth, especially during young plant production.  The benefits of increasing the daily light integral (DLI) are well documented and...
October 09, 2013
Fuchsias bring forth a bit of nostalgia for those of us old enough to remember our grandparents and parents purchasing plants to brighten their porches and balconies. The fuchsia Windchimes will develop a new group of gardening fans with its...
October 09, 2013
There are several types of campanula available today. Many of them have become popular and are widely produced. One of the well known, but not the most popular species of campanula, is C. portenschlagiana.   Recently, Florensis brought...
October 09, 2013
It seems home gardeners want everything out of their home-grown tomato that their typical grocery tomato lacks – different colors, funky shapes and amazing taste, basically everything homegrown heirloom tomatoes are known for. Today’s tomato...
October 09, 2013
When it comes to vegetable gardening, the ultimate pay-off is a harvest basket brimming with fresh produce. For vegetable gardeners, it is all about plant performance, fruit production, flavor and bragging rights about their bounty and culinary...
October 09, 2013
Edible gardens are increasingly becoming popular for the growing demographic of consumers looking for safe, healthy, local food options. These new gardeners are looking for delicious heirloom varieties but with better garden performance. Grafting is...
October 09, 2013
Increasingly, many ornamental growers have chosen to add vegetables and herbs to their product mix. Although the important diseases and arthropod pests of the well-researched vegetable and fruit crops are usually well known, the methods for...
October 09, 2013
Amaryllis (hippeastrum) is a popular bulb crop grown by greenhouse producers as pre-finished potted plants and marketed for major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother’s Day. Amaryllis are also often sold to consumers as dry bulbs...
October 09, 2013
Once again, the color experts at Pantone have spoken. Last month, they  released their latest compendium on fashion colors for 2014. The report, Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, is a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in...
September 17, 2013
Time. We all know what it is. We all have it. Many people look at how we should be spending it differently. If you ask someone to define time, you generally get a pause followed by many different words to describe time. Is time a verb, a noun, or...
September 17, 2013
The 2013 OFA Short Course in July in Columbus, Ohio, was a hit again this year and many have even commented that it was the best in several years. The general attitude of folks I visited was positive and I heard many comments on the trade show floor...
September 17, 2013
Quality is important for all growers but for George Lucas and Lucas Greenhouses quality is a way of life. It always has been and always will be. It is that drive for the highest possible quality in plants and customer service that has helped Lucas...
September 11, 2013
There are three ways to describe light intensity, but only one of them is appropriate for photosynthesis. Increasing use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) means that the appropriate unit for light measurement is more important than ever. Although...
September 11, 2013
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the buzz about the alluring Pink Zazzle (gomphrena hybrid) recently introduced at the California Spring Trials. It’s an amazing breakthrough in the breeding of gomphrena that has it all — great branching, heat tolerance...
September 11, 2013
Over the years, veronica has become a staple perennial used in the American landscape. Past cultivars were known for their long blooming times and unfortunately many cultivars have a reputation for their floppiness. There has been much work with...
September 11, 2013
As competition increases and quality and productivity pressure rises, North American growers are increasingly taking a page from their European counterparts and making lighting a crucial part of their greenhouse production programs. While extending...
September 11, 2013
Growing media can be as unique as the growers themselves. Professional growers research, test and tweak to develop a media that works best for their greenhouse environment. With optimum plant quality, maximum profit and environmental awareness all...
September 11, 2013
Historically, bare root divisions were one of the main sources of starting materials for greenhouses and nurseries. With the popularity of plugs and liners in the past couple decades, some growers have reduced their dependency on bare root divisions...