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February 12, 2014
ARC:  I’ve been thinking about rates and intervals and how important they can be. This always brings to mind some adage like “Only the dose makes the poison,” which is often said with respect to chemical safety to humans. In this case, though,...
February 12, 2014
There are a multitude of reasons why people get into this business. But if I had to guess, one of the main reasons is they really like to grow things. Bedding plants, perennials, tropicals, edibles, woody ornamentals ... you name it, growers take a...
January 16, 2014
Everyone wants to grow and be successful in their personal lives and careers. Most people believe this growth is going to come from a business with great products, great service and a great team. In the 21st century, leadership skills are more...
January 16, 2014
Uncertainty has certainly been the key word over the last few months given the untimely government shutdown and the [now- expected] ritual of kicking the debt ceiling down the road. Congress was supposed to come up with some kind of budget by Dec....
January 16, 2014
One of the biggest challenges facing growers today is figuring out how to avoid the peaks and valleys of income and expenses over a 12-month period in a notoriously seasonal business. It can be tricky balancing a P&L statement when the bulk of a...
January 14, 2014
In the December 2013 issue of GPN, I discussed cold-sensitive bedding plants, which are crops that have a relatively high base temperature (46° F or higher). At low growing temperatures, cold-sensitive crops develop very slowly and therefore, they...
January 14, 2014
Expand sales, senses and grass programs with Andropogon gerardii ‘Rain Dance’, a new introduction available exclusively from Emerald Coast Growers. It answers the call for added interest in native plants and expands the big bluestem selection with a...
January 14, 2014
Panicum is one of the most widely grown genera of ornamental grasses. In the early 1990s, Roy DiBlik from Northwind Perennial Farm of Wisconsin introduced Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’. This cultivar was selected as a seedling with a different...
January 14, 2014
Sitting in the store next to a few dozen other tropical plants is an aglaonema with a striking red and pink variegation throughout its leaves. The color and texture is foreign to many of the people who walk by, which is not surprising. That’s...
January 14, 2014
Watering plants isn’t as straight forward as it appears. When, where and how you apply water to your plants directly impacts their health and growth potential. If you’re watering your crops by hand, consider automating your irrigation system to help...
January 14, 2014
While traveling abroad in Europe, Dale Deppe noticed something different about the hydrangeas being sold in garden centers — they were all in flower. As owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, the source for Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs, he...
January 14, 2014
Madeline “Maddy” Olberg, the 2014 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, had a plan the first time she stepped foot on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, N.Y., for her freshman year. She had mapped out all the classes she hoped to take during her four...
January 14, 2014
ARC: Seems like most people want to use a fungicide as a rescue treatment. We both know this is never as good as preventative treatments. But how many times are you asked for a treatment to save a plant from a disease that cannot be controlled with...
January 14, 2014
One of the most enjoyable  things  I get to do every year is read and evaluate the essays submitted by college students for the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year competition. It is so rewarding to read about the many different things each...
December 16, 2013
For the last several years, one of the floriculture research thrusts at Michigan State University has been to better understand how temperature controls growth and flowering of bedding plants. Former graduate students Matthew Blanchard, Lee Ann...
December 16, 2013
With hundreds of new varieties being introduced to the marketplace every year at California Spring Trials, trade shows and the like, it’s easy to become jaded about new plants in general. But every now and then, a new plant hits the market that...
December 16, 2013
Astilbe has long been a perennial favorite in the American landscape. In recent years, there have been improvements to this popular group of plants. Breeding efforts from the Dutch hybridizer Jan Verschoor have brought a breakthrough series of...
December 16, 2013
What’s on trend for consumer gardening in 2014? The answer is mixed annual combos in containers, vibrant colors and black and white, according to Nancy Fire, design director for HGTV Home and the HGTV Home Plant Collection. Fire travels the globe...
December 16, 2013
Growing and selling plants in today’s market can be challenging for many reasons outside of our control, such as the weather and the economy. One factor, however, is under our control and should not be a problem — poor quality water. Water high in...
December 16, 2013
Knowing that he didn’t have the money necessary to start his own farm, Randy Butts looked at greenhouse hydroponics as a way of starting his own agricultural business. Butts worked as an engineer for 10 years in the automation and controls industry...