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December 12, 2003
Wow! It's almost Christmas! If you are a poinsettia grower or retailer, you should be finished shipping and almost finished selling, with only churches and special customers still remaining. Hopefully, the poinsettia-selling season was good for you...
December 12, 2003
Growers often consider tiarella cultivars prime candidates for their product mix for shady locations. After all, tiarellas provide interesting, deeply cut foliage with contrasting leaf patterns and extended bloom times, and they are easy to produce...
December 12, 2003
What makes the Sultan series so much better than other trailing snapdragons is its beautifully mounded habit that's literally covered with blooms, unlike most other trailing snapdragons, which have very few blooms near the crown. Growers will...
December 12, 2003
A number of inexpensive pen-like instruments are available that can be used in the greenhouse to determine growth medium pH and soluble salts. The cost of the individual pH and electrical conductivity (EC) "pens" ranges from $50-80, and a...
December 12, 2003
While visiting a Wisconsin greenhouse last week, I had an interesting conversation about financial management that started me thinking...who's really financing our industry? Who really owns the buildings we work in and the plants we produce? What...
December 12, 2003
Say the word "branding" to any group of horticultural executives, and you are likely to get some sighs, rolled eyes and under-the-breath utterances of "Here we go again." In addition to being oft maligned, it is also the most...
December 12, 2003
FPO's Flowers. Alive With Possibilities Campaign Reaches Atlanta The Flower Promotion Organization's (FPO) Flowers. Alive with Possibilities promotion campaign has reached the Atlanta market through a partnership with the Atlanta Metro Flower...
December 12, 2003
In recent years, sales of impatiens -- Impatiens wallerana, double impatiens and New Guinea impatiens -- have been phenomenal. However, one problem with impatiens is premature flower and bud drop, which can be induced by ethylene, low light...
December 12, 2003
Though the Scrophulariaceae and Verbenaceae family names may not sound too familiar, you've most certainly grown some member species. Here, we will look at the currently known responses of perennial plants from these families to plant growth...
December 11, 2003
If you're looking to diversify your product line and set yourself apart from the competition, perhaps you should consider growing succulents. They are adapted to withstand drought by storing water in specialized cells in their leaves, stems and/or...
December 11, 2003
In talking with many industry players, from growers to wholesalers to breeders to input suppliers, I'm hearing more now about problems resulting from untimely and incomplete communication and decision procrastination than I've ever heard before....
November 11, 2003
Most growers are starting to ship poinsettias and finish up the fall season. Last spring is a distant memory, but you still need to make decisions about next spring and beyond. Many growers cannot make decisions about the spring season until they...
November 11, 2003
Everyone makes mistakes once in a while, so when I learned that the ivy pictured in last month's "Perennial Solutions" was not Hedera helix 'Duck Foot', I cringed, but I wasn't too surprised. Everyone makes mistakes. There were some...
November 11, 2003
Sol Price, who founded Price Club that has morphed into today's Costco, was fanatical on a business principle he called "the intelligent loss of business." The concept behind this principle was that by continuously analyzing and evaluating the sales...
November 11, 2003
In the past few years, Terra Nova Nurseries has produced a number of new pulmonaria, focusing on garden-worthiness combined with the appeal of improved leaf contrast, superior flower size and colors, and powdery mildew resistance. Patented varieties...
November 11, 2003
With so many products available on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Getting the most for your dollar, especially with an uncertain economy, is a concern for small and large growers alike. The Blackmore Puncher/Planter and...
November 11, 2003
Early spring is a hard time for gardeners because the days have gotten warmer and the inactivity of winter is pushing you to get something planted out in the garden. The call to get planting before the threat of frost has passed is hard to ignore....
November 06, 2003
Invest now to save later -- the industry's market message is clear. It is safe to say that our industry is moving forward and taking advantage of new technologies. More than ever there is demand for new equipment and programs that can push a...
November 06, 2003
Now that I have the chance to explain to you what is new in the disease control sphere, I find myself thinking that you might not have taken advantage of what was new last year, or the year before last. The flower industry is conservative about...
November 06, 2003
Each year when we do this special chemical section in GPN, I'm a little envious of the insect and disease folks; they always seem to have new stuff to talk about. New plant growth regulators (PGR) just do not come along as fast. In fact, for the "...