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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...
February 09, 2012
With Sun Harmony, Danziger delivers what few can: impatiens that perform and excel in the brightest sunshine. Plants are covered in flowers even at the height of summer. Variety Information The Sun Harmony series features incomparable big 2-inch...
February 09, 2012
Caladiums make a great addition to any perennial program. With their interesting and colorful foliage, caladiums provide instant color to retail displays and fit perfectly with the ‘color sells’ philosophy in today’s marketplace. Breeding and...
February 09, 2012
Blueberries are a great candidate for container production. They fit into the ornamental edibles market niche and combine consumer interest in edible gardening, sustainability and low-care perennials. Blueberry cultivars selected for local...
February 09, 2012
Welcome to the “North American Poinsettia Trials” — we have changed the name of the National Poinsettia trial program this year to highlight that the University of Guelph, Vineland Station, Ontario, is now part of the program. Wayne Brown...
January 11, 2012
Ten years ago when Proven Winners released the Superbena collection of verbena it was a different world, and this crop is one that has changed a lot in terms of not only the quality of the breeding, but also the sheer number of varieties to choose...
January 11, 2012
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ was first introduced by Walters Gardens, Inc. in 2000 and over the past 11 years this hardy perennial has become a reliable and popular perennial for shade gardens across the country. With its ease of production, desirable...
December 09, 2011
This strongly scented dianthus is easy to grow and flowers all summer long. Last year, Fides Oro introduced the new dianthus Kahori: a plant with very attractive pink flowers, a great scent and hardiness to Zone 4. This plant has had major...