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May 07, 2009
Schofield Media Growers have a wide range of PGRs to choose from to meet the growing requirements of their crops and the shipping requirements of their customers. One of the newest chemicals on the market is Fine Americas Inc.’s Configure, a...
April 09, 2009
In European greenhouses, conventional spraying with output quantities of 500-1,500 liters, or even more, of spraying liquid per 21⁄2 acres is still widely used. But scientific advances, practical experience and increasing awareness of environmental...
March 09, 2009
As demand for retail-ready pots continues to soar — driven both by big boxes and everyday consumers — growers across the country are taking note. Although once reluctant to jump into this niche, growers today are increasingly recognizing the added...
March 05, 2009
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), overall spending for the 2008 holiday season declined 2.8 percent. It was the first decrease in holiday sales since NRF began tracking and forecasting holiday sales in 1995. Consumers were extremely...
January 26, 2009
Fertilizing is one of the most important tasks in growing quality plant material, and yet, it is often the most overlooked. The right fertilizer in the right amount can make all the difference to your plants — and, ultimately, to your bottom line....
January 19, 2009
In our industry, it seems something of a paradox to consider the need for a “green initiative” — for a green anything. Growers, always creative in their growing processes, see recycling as a matter of course, reusing as an operational standard and...
December 11, 2008
Pesticides — in this case, insecticides and miticides — are used primarily to control arthropod pests encountered in greenhouse production systems. These include greenhouse whitefly, sweet potato whitefly B biotype, green peach aphid, two-spotted...
November 18, 2008
Seated at this year’s chemical trends roundtable are five of GPN’s contributors, savvy experts in the fields of plant growth regulators, and pest and disease control. The following pages contain their observations on the chemical industry as it...
June 11, 2008
When it comes to low-volume chemical application in the greenhouse, growers have a variety of options to choose from — from mist blowers to targeted low volume sprayers. Coverage is everything. Even the most effective new pesticide is useless unless...
April 09, 2008
This year is shaping up to be a milestone for growers on the sustainability front. As retail chains, buyers and consumers request more eco-friendly and sustainable products and solutions from growers, nursery owners are looking for green solutions...
April 09, 2008
We have been working on branching of herbaceous perennials for more than 15 years. Some things have worked better than others, but one of the best examples is the use of benzyladenine (6-BA) on echinacea. We finally have a labeled and effective 6-BA...
December 11, 2007
Growers have been using capillary mats for about 75 years. Initially, they were made of different types of fibrous wool or cotton, and more recently, they’ve been produced from synthetic fibers such as fiberglass polypropylene, polyester and acrylic...
October 19, 2007
Leaves dropping off plants, brown blotches on leaves and stunted seedling: all telltale symptoms of downy mildew on coleus. Both seed and vegetatively propagated types are susceptible. The brown or blighted areas on diseased foliage have an...
September 19, 2007
When it comes to selecting a miticide to control spider mites or “mites” in the greenhouse or outdoors, there is oftentimes confusion that all miticides are similar in terms of their use patterns and the range of mites that are controlled. However,...
September 19, 2007
Gaillardia adorns its native North and South American habitats and cultivated gardens with daisy-like flowers of red and yellow, which resemble vibrant-colored blankets created by American Indians. Hence, gaillardia has been given the common name of...
December 13, 2006
What some thought 10 years ago would be a trend that would eventually fade away has instead established itself as a new form of gardening, undoubtedly claiming its permanent spot in horticulture: container gardening. What started with hanging...
December 13, 2006
There have not been many plant growth regulators introduced for greenhouse crops over the past 15 years. One of the newer PGRs is Topflor (flurprimidol). At North Carolina State University, we have conducted extensive trials over the past five...
December 13, 2006
In the second article of our 2-part series, we are presenting research-based information from North Carolina State, Clemson and Michigan State Universities on how to properly manage two of the most critical components of the propagation environment...
November 15, 2006
Post-patent products, new experimental products and an evolution in how chemicals are applied are the topics in this year’s look at plant growth regulator (PGR) trends. All of our registered growth regulators are older chemicals and no longer...
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