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December 16, 2013
Knowing that he didn’t have the money necessary to start his own farm, Randy Butts looked at greenhouse hydroponics as a way of starting his own agricultural business. Butts worked as an engineer for 10 years in the automation and controls industry...
December 16, 2013
Producing high-quality plants is not always an easy task. The great diversity of ornamental and food crops grown in greenhouses results in the need for growers to provide different cultural practices and maintain a variety of production environments...
December 16, 2013
As we get ready to close the books on 2013, now is a good time to pause and reflect on the things that have happened this year. It’s been a busy year and I am sure a lot has happened, but five years from now what will you remember about 2013? Ten...
November 05, 2013
In business, we often need lessons from other worlds to help us understand and improve in the one we are the most familiar with. We often use metaphors or analogies to communicate, but we can also learn from our own real-world experiences....
November 05, 2013
The Congressional gridlock that we have become accustomed led to yet another government shutdown for 16 days. In the 11th hour, an agreement was reached that briefly diverted disaster. The debt cushion now extends through Feb. 7, with current...
November 05, 2013
Before he passed away in March 2010, Jake Koorn- neef, founder of Delray Plants, preached this philosophy to his team: Fewer, bigger, better. Koormneef’s son-in-law, Randy Gilde, CEO and president, has since brought that philosophy to life and is...
November 05, 2013
Most petunias are facultative long-day plants, since they flower earlier when grown under long days compared to short days. Early-season petunias are grown when the natural days are still short, so growers often provide low-intensity long-day...
November 05, 2013
Aloha Lilies continue to be an exciting collection of eucomis species hybrids from Golden State Bulb Growers (GSBG) as mentioned in the August 2012 edition of GPN. GSBG’s extensive breeding and hybridization program is turning out some exciting new...
November 05, 2013
Many growers, landscapers and consumers are drawn to plants with variegated leaves. When interesting foliage is combined with a brilliant display of blooms, the interest level and demand quickly escalates. Heliopsis ‘Sunburst’ provides beautifully...
November 05, 2013
On Sept. 16, 2011, President  Barack Obama signed into law the most comprehensive change to the U.S. patent law in more than 60 years, the America Invents Act (AIA). The changes to U.S. patent laws were monumental and intended to bring U.S....
November 05, 2013
Ken and Deena Altman began their plant collection in 1975 in their Los Angeles backyard. What started out as an innocent hobby, based on an avid interest in plants, slowly transformed itself into a wholesale nursery business encompassing over 880...
November 05, 2013
When I was in college, I had a job cleaning rooms in a heart valve production company. In this company, there were various levels of sanitation and cleaning that were required, and the levels of sanitation were monitored on a daily basis using...
November 05, 2013
All around us, the world is changing. From fashion to hair color and gardens to gifts, excitement and vitality is on everyone’s wish list. When Syngenta Flowers Inc. started planning for the next big thing in potted flowers, we thought revitalizing...
November 05, 2013
Biological control is a pest management strategy that involves the use of natural enemies such as parasitoids, predators or pathogens to control pest populations, including insects and mites. It is important to understand that biological control is...
November 05, 2013
I think it is pretty safe to say that most people in the horticulture industry know that this business is made up of a plethora of creative, compassionate and innovative individuals. As long as growers have been growing and selling plants, these...
October 09, 2013
An increasing number of growers are using high-intensity lighting during low-light periods to increase crop growth, especially during young plant production.  The benefits of increasing the daily light integral (DLI) are well documented and...
October 09, 2013
Fuchsias bring forth a bit of nostalgia for those of us old enough to remember our grandparents and parents purchasing plants to brighten their porches and balconies. The fuchsia Windchimes will develop a new group of gardening fans with its...
October 09, 2013
There are several types of campanula available today. Many of them have become popular and are widely produced. One of the well known, but not the most popular species of campanula, is C. portenschlagiana.   Recently, Florensis brought...
October 09, 2013
It seems home gardeners want everything out of their home-grown tomato that their typical grocery tomato lacks – different colors, funky shapes and amazing taste, basically everything homegrown heirloom tomatoes are known for. Today’s tomato...
October 09, 2013
When it comes to vegetable gardening, the ultimate pay-off is a harvest basket brimming with fresh produce. For vegetable gardeners, it is all about plant performance, fruit production, flavor and bragging rights about their bounty and culinary...
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