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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...
October 12, 2012
Although it feels like we are being inundated with new downy mildew diseases, downy mildew of basil was actually first found in Uganda in 1933. The current outbreak started in the United States in field-grown basil in south Florida in October 2007....
October 12, 2012
With all the vegetable/edible varieties on the market, how can you possibly have confidence that you’ve chosen the right ones for your edibles program? The ones that will actually perform for the home gardener and have them returning for more? The...
October 12, 2012
In 2010, nearly half of home gardeners in the United States expressed interest in starting a vegetable garden. That year was the pinnacle of the recent homegrown trend, and it was fueled by a perfect storm of economic, social and environmental...
October 12, 2012
With the increased consumer interest in vegetable gardening, many growers have found that adding top-selling vegetable classes like tomatoes and peppers to their ornamentals assortment is a relatively low risk way to boost sales. But why stop there...
September 10, 2012
If you’ve sworn off growing double petunias, think again. Suntory Flowers has taken their performance to a new level with Surfinia Summer Double petunias, a new series that is a spinoff of the company’s Surfinia petunias. Compact plants flower...
September 10, 2012
The Peruvian lily is a striking evergreen perennial that has great potential as a spring flowering container crop. This underutilized bulb crop can be grown an marketed alongside other spring flowering bulb crops such as daffodils, hyacinths and...
September 10, 2012
To learn more about diseases affecting lobelia, please click on the PDF link below.
August 09, 2012
Golden State Bulb Growers Inc. (GSBG) continues to further earn their reputation as a market leader in bulb/tuber production with the recent release of the first of several new eucomis species hybrids. Also known as the Pineapple Lily or King’s...
August 09, 2012
Many growers produce and market ornamental grasses in conjunction with their perennial programs. There are numerous types of grasses in production today. Most are true grasses such as miscanthus and panicum; however, some plants being marketed as...
August 09, 2012
Each year in the spring, breeding companies from around the world show off the multiple new introductions at the California Spring Trials. Visitors travel the state stopping at multiple venues to see all of the latest and greatest. Pacific Plug...
July 11, 2012
The history of streptocarpus as a cultivated plant dates back to at least 1826 when a cousin to the current form was first introduced into the United Kingdom. The genus is known for its ability to produce exotic-looking blooms indoors, in relatively...
July 11, 2012
Veronica are treasured for their striking appearance and long-lasting bloom in the landscape. Speedwell comes in many shapes and sizes; however, the proverb “good things come in small packages” sure describes the attributes of Veronica ‘Sweet...
July 11, 2012
Last month, I gave you a recap of some of the trends and ideas we picked up during the California Spring Trials. This month, I’ll be focusing on some of the new variety introductions that grabbed trial visitors’ attention. With hundreds of varieties...
June 08, 2012
Life branching out from the earth” is the simple philosophy of TerraVida. This new collection of tropical vine plants offers 18 unique and beautiful varieties that will provide a distinctive and colorful focal point for any garden, patio, doorway,...
June 08, 2012
These days, greenhouse growers are faced with increased competition and the rising cost of labor, energy and crop inputs. To maximize return on their investment, growers are gradually diversifying their crops to include hydroponic vegetables. Smart...
June 08, 2012
In addition to the greenhouse environment, crop culture including fertilizers, substrates, and plant growth regulators (PGRs), has a large impact on our ability to grow high-quality greenhouse crops. If properly managed, these three inputs can...