View All: Articles

May 09, 2013
Choosing which crops to add to your production each year involves some risk. Growing exceptional plants is critical to your business and reputation, and the success of your plants relies on various factors such as tolerance to weather, maintenance...
May 09, 2013
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to predict the future? Wouldn’t it be nice to know who the industry’s most influential individuals are going to be in the coming years? Wouldn’t that make things so much easier? Looking at the list of individuals on...
May 09, 2013
I said it last year, and I’ll say it again this year — the horticulture industry has an extremely bright future. The reason I say this: the Class of 2013 of GPN’s 40 Under 40. This year’s Fab 40 represent the industry’s next generation of leadership...
April 16, 2013
A critical factor for effective use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) is that the solution is mixed in the appropriate proportion. Dilution mistakes, which are not uncommon, result in a lack of a plant response (from too little PGR) or an excessive...
April 16, 2013
Lobularia Stream series is bred By Danziger and comes in four beautiful and fragrant colors — ‘Lavender Stream’, ‘Silver Stream’, ‘Summer Stream’ and ‘White Stream’. Two new varieties will be added for the 2013-14 season — ‘Purple Stream’, a dark...
April 16, 2013
Sixteen years. Although the popularity of helleborus has increased since the Perennial Plant Association selected Helleborus x hybridus as the 2005 Perennial Plant of the Year, Chris Hansen has been working diligently for 16 years hand-crossing and...
April 16, 2013
Late in 2006, and certainly during 2007, Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) caused a lot of headaches for growers, not only in the United States and Canada, but at a global level. It became clear that some of the pesticides that had...
April 16, 2013
We all occasionally get caught up in the search for a single game changing idea that will result in a dramatic gain that saves the day or brings us to the next level. And we’ve had a few of those in the industry over the years. But, as I think back...
April 16, 2013
The plant growth regulator (PGR) Florel has been used for many years as a foliar spray on a wide variety of ornamental crops as well as some food crops. Until recently, Florel was only thought to be effective when applied as a foliar spray. At the...
April 16, 2013
Black root rot (BRR) caused by the fungus Thielaviopsis basicola is a very persistent and damaging disease for growers of bedding plants, herbaceous perennials and some woody species — including poinsettias. This disease is seen most often on pansy...
April 16, 2013
In February, GPN and our partners at the Visions Group hosted our sixth annual Big Grower Executive Summit (see story on page 7). The Big Grower Executive Summit is a one-of-a-kind event that is dedicated to big grower business strategies. Thirty-...
March 20, 2013
Spring — we plan for it, we forecast for it, we buy for it, we hire for it, we train for it, we pray for good weather, and we even take vacation before the Spring season starts. I don’t know about you but each year I cannot wait to see the first...
March 20, 2013
If you’re currently in a position of leadership, you have obviously proven your skills, talents and capabilities over time. You’ve gotten to where you are through a series of smart decisions, hard work and quite possibly an incredible amount of luck...
March 20, 2013
While most of my business advice pertains to what you do or think about during the workday, sometimes a better question to ask is: “What is keeping you up at night?” Or, more accurately, what wakes you up at night and makes it tough to go back to...
March 20, 2013
What began as a landscape construction company in 1973 has since bloomed into 80 acres of growing space known as Van Belle Nursery. Founders Bill and Grace Van Belle have since passed the business down to their son, Dave Van Belle, although they are...
March 19, 2013
Petunia is among the most commonly grown bedding plants. It has been bred extensively for desirable flower traits, growth habits, extended blooming periods, stress tolerance and quick production. Wave petunia from PanAmerican Seed is the most...
March 19, 2013
The snapdragon Candy Showers series, available in five bright colors, is the first trailing snapdragon series available from seed and represents a completely new item for spring and fall sales. Sakata Ornamentals is recognized as a world leader in...
March 19, 2013
Creeping phlox is a widely grown perennial groundcover mostly recognized by the beautiful masses of color it produces in the early spring. It’s hard to beat the stunning display of color as the evergreen carpet wakes up after a long winters rest....
March 19, 2013
Even though cases of impatiens downy mildew were confirmed in 33 states in 2012, growers are planning to produce Impatiens walleriana this year. However, Bill Calkins, business manager independent garden centers at Ball Horticultural Co., says in...
March 19, 2013
Like many ornamental plants, perennials are susceptible to numerous types of plant viruses. Growers often jump to conclusions when they hear the word “virus” and don’t consider that plant viruses are often not as destructive or common as diseases...