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September 17, 2013
Time. We all know what it is. We all have it. Many people look at how we should be spending it differently. If you ask someone to define time, you generally get a pause followed by many different words to describe time. Is time a verb, a noun, or...
September 17, 2013
The 2013 OFA Short Course in July in Columbus, Ohio, was a hit again this year and many have even commented that it was the best in several years. The general attitude of folks I visited was positive and I heard many comments on the trade show floor...
September 17, 2013
Quality is important for all growers but for George Lucas and Lucas Greenhouses quality is a way of life. It always has been and always will be. It is that drive for the highest possible quality in plants and customer service that has helped Lucas...
September 11, 2013
There are three ways to describe light intensity, but only one of them is appropriate for photosynthesis. Increasing use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) means that the appropriate unit for light measurement is more important than ever. Although...
September 11, 2013
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the buzz about the alluring Pink Zazzle (gomphrena hybrid) recently introduced at the California Spring Trials. It’s an amazing breakthrough in the breeding of gomphrena that has it all — great branching, heat tolerance...
September 11, 2013
Over the years, veronica has become a staple perennial used in the American landscape. Past cultivars were known for their long blooming times and unfortunately many cultivars have a reputation for their floppiness. There has been much work with...
September 11, 2013
As competition increases and quality and productivity pressure rises, North American growers are increasingly taking a page from their European counterparts and making lighting a crucial part of their greenhouse production programs. While extending...
September 11, 2013
Growing media can be as unique as the growers themselves. Professional growers research, test and tweak to develop a media that works best for their greenhouse environment. With optimum plant quality, maximum profit and environmental awareness all...
September 11, 2013
Historically, bare root divisions were one of the main sources of starting materials for greenhouses and nurseries. With the popularity of plugs and liners in the past couple decades, some growers have reduced their dependency on bare root divisions...
September 11, 2013
Pacific Plug & Liner is a great stop along the California Spring Trials tour to find a wide selection of plants from many different vendors, many of which are new introductions. One of the highlights at our stop is the comparison trial we have...
September 11, 2013
As more and more greens and herb production occurs in recirculating culture, grower interest in providing crop nutrients from organic sources has increased. Following is our experience at Kansas State University with two different nutrient...
September 11, 2013
The horticulture industry is undeniably changing as customers age, big box stores compete with independent garden centers (IGCs) and technology continues to evolve. These changes not only lead to challenges for those in the industry but also...
September 11, 2013
It is that time of year again! It is time for GPN and Nexus Corp. to find our Intern of the Year! As college students return to campus, we want to learn more about those aspiring horticulturists who are still on their educational journey but...
August 06, 2013
Daminozide was one of the first plant growth retardants (PGRs) registered for use on agricultural crops. It was first registered in 1963 for use on potted chrysanthemums and was later approved for use on food crops. Although it is still commonly...
August 06, 2013
New Enduro from Ball FloraPlant is a breakthrough in landscape verbena for its extended flowering. Northern breeding trials show Enduro won’t cycle out of color  — even in summer temperatures up to 100° F. In the South, Enduro can be planted in...
August 06, 2013
With its ease of production and strong performance, sedum continues to be a perennial plant of interest for growers, landscapers and gardeners alike.  Recently, breeder Chris Hansen has introduced a new sedum called ‘Dazzleberry’, which is...
August 06, 2013
The first step to nutrient dosing is knowing your water. Liquid feeding programs always begin with the water. If it isn’t suitable for horticulture, you can’t produce a quality crop. While there are a number of things that can be done to improve the...
August 06, 2013
I have been told that I am a greenhouse guru. I have also been told that I am frugal. When it comes to efficient greenhouse design, I’m a believer in the basics. The most economical structure is one that doesn’t break the bank, either with the...
August 06, 2013
Resistance management of fungicides by using different MOA (mode of action) groups is one of the basic issues faced by growers. These MOA groups are also called FRAC groups, referring to the information compiled by the Fungicide Resistance Action...
August 06, 2013
Times are changing. Urbanization, diminishing farmland, consumer demand for fresh, locally grown produce and their awareness of how far it travels before consumption have made hydroponics — a method of growing plants in a mineral nutrient solution...