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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...
June 08, 2012
Each spring, Team GPN roadtrips along the California coast to visit with the many breeders and suppliers exhibiting at the Spring Trials. It’s sort of like floriculture’s “fashion week.” This is where the new varieties and big trends in the industry...
June 08, 2012
To learn about diseases affecting azalea, click on the PDF link below.
May 10, 2012
Temperature and light conditions in a greenhouse vary significantly throughout the year, especially in northern, temperate climates. During the winter, our environmental concerns for greenhouse production typically focus on low light levels, short...
May 10, 2012
Can you remember what echinacea looked like 10 years ago? Lanky, pale, floppy plants? These were the norm. The older coneflowers in the trade had few blooms and two colors; faded pink and white. Thanks to the work of Jim Ault, Richard Saul, Ari...
May 10, 2012
Delosperma, commonly referred to as ice plant, is an underutilized plant that has great potential in perennial programs. Ice plant forms low-growing mats of succulent foliage with daisy-like flowers and grows well throughout much of the United...
May 10, 2012
Choosing varieties to add to your production always involves some risk. What maintenance will the plant require? How will it stand up to inclement weather? What will it look like as it matures? Will it appeal to the consumer? To help answer these...
May 10, 2012
To learn more about diseases affecting asters, please click on the PDF link below.
April 20, 2012
One of the most unique new introductions in the past year, the Under the Sea Coleus collection from Hort Couture has a unique subset of leaves that make them resemble the most intricate of sea creatures. From the diminutive ‘Red Coral’ and ‘Molten...
April 20, 2012
In recent years, gerbera has become increasingly popular in the bedding plant and indoor potted plant industries. Gerbera produces an abundance of cheerful daisy-like flowers consisting of numerous vibrant flower colorations. In the past, numerous...
April 20, 2012
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in phlox. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. Click on the PDF below to learn more.
March 13, 2012
Ornamental herbaceous perennials represent approximately 14 percent of the total value of floriculture crop production in the United States. An increasing number of perennials are grown and marketed in flower. Michigan State University faculty and...
March 13, 2012
Chrysocephalum ‘Outback Silver Sunburst’ is a beautiful foliage component from the Ecke Ranch. It has silvery leaves on a mounded, compact plant. Bright yellow flowers open on mature plants. Silver Sunburst can be used as a contrast plant in mixed...
March 13, 2012
Many people recognize and associate hollyhocks with their grandmothers’ garden. Although alcea may be considered an old fashioned perennial, the genetics of this genus has been enhanced over the years, offering several improved attributes in the...
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