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February 05, 2013
The North American Poinsettia Trials reached a significant milestone this year — it has been evaluating poinsettias, in cooperation with the poinsettia breeder companies, for 20 years since it was started in 1993. The first trials include Allan...
January 10, 2013
January through March can be considered young plant season — a period in which seeds of many garden plants are sown and grown in plugs. Ornamental cuttings are also harvested, stuck and rooted as liners. During this time, the days are short and...
January 10, 2013
Garden mums are a strong part of our culture during the fall season. For generations across North America people have been using garden mums to beautify their homes and businesses. Fides began as a chrysanthemum breeding company more than 45 years...
January 10, 2013
There are numerous perennials that have great attributes and landscape performance but are not easily marketed alongside many of the mainstream perennials in the marketplace today. The Perennial Plant Association’s 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year,...
January 10, 2013
When it comes to lighting, the future is upon us. High-powered LED products, once the exclusive province of cutting-edge research, are invigorating today’s commercial greenhouse market. Your new choices, ranging from shelf lights and growth bulbs to...
January 10, 2013
Imagine cloning your most experienced, efficient  employees to get hundreds, or even thousands, of additional workers in your greenhouses who toil to improve the quality of your poinsettia (and other) crops and who never show up on your payroll...
December 07, 2012
In the past several years, growers have tightly sealed their greenhouses to reduce heat losses and save on fuel costs, but the consequence can be slower plant growth. If crops develop roots slowly, if shoot growth is retarded, or if plants don’t use...
December 06, 2012
Calliope is an “interspecific hybrid” series, developed by crossing normal zonal (upright) geraniums with ivy geraniums. Well-grown Calliope baskets and containers have excellent sell-through at retail because of their controlled mounding habit,...
December 06, 2012
Many growers seek spring flowering perennials with attractive foliage characteristics. Erysimum ‘Fragrant Star’ is an exciting stable variegated spring blooming wallflower, destined to earn a place in many perennial programs. ‘Fragrant Star’ is easy...
December 06, 2012
I have been working on ornamental diseases caused by bacteria for more than 30 years.  This started with diseases of foliage plants at the University of Florida in the 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, the only effective choices were...
December 06, 2012
Penny Goff, general manager and co-owner of Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse in Red House, W. Va., says all of the greenhouse vegetable growers she knows who grow hydroponically use some type of substrate.   “Hydroponics to me means growing with water...
December 06, 2012
Over the past few years Plug Connection has become more focused on vegetative varieties. Our Spring Trials display is known for being the only large-scale objective, side-by-side comparison trial in the industry. I hear from sales reps and growers...
December 06, 2012
To learn about diseases affecting primula, click on the PDF link below.
November 12, 2012
The plant growth retardant Sumagic (Valent USA) contains the active ingredient uniconazole and is the only plant growth retardant registered for use as a foliar spray on young tomato, pepper, eggplant, groundcherry, pepino and tomatillo plants. The...
November 12, 2012
Over the last couple of decades, rudbeckia has been one of the most recognizable and widely grown perennials. Since the Perennial Plant Association selected rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ as the Plant of the Year in 1999, ‘Goldsturm’ has been the standard of...
November 12, 2012
With record-breaking hot summers, Red Fox portulaca Cupcakes are a perfect choice. They do more than simply tolerate heat and drought, they seem to thrive in hot temperatures. In trials in southern states like Texas and North Carolina, both of which...
November 12, 2012
Newly developed natural products are offered to growers every day. Depending on the type of product, the label claims can include increased insect and disease resistance, increased water use efficiency, higher plant quality and longer shelf life....
November 12, 2012
To learn about diseases affecting coleus, please click on the PDF below.
October 12, 2012
The newest noble in the Royal Collection boasts a royal flush of the family’s deepest, darkest, blackest purple foliage. Pennisetum hybrid ‘First Knight’ has center leaves that thrust skyward like broadsword blades raised in triumph; outer leaves...
October 12, 2012
Phlox divaricata produces a show-stopping display of color in the late spring, brightening up any landscape. Tony Avent from Plant Delights recently discovered a new cultivar, ‘Parksville Beach’, in the mountains of Parksville Beach, Tenn. This...