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April 25, 2005
Automated fillers, such as pot fillers and flat fillers, help growers improve product quality and save on labor costs. While such machines have been around for a long time, they’re constantly being improved with added features and increased...
April 25, 2005
The United States was introduced to phosphonates in the 1980s when Rhone Poulenc introduced Aliette 80WP. In the summer of 1987, Rhone Poulenc (now Bayer Environmental Sciences) brought researchers from all over the world to share their research...
April 25, 2005
Chlorine treatment of nursery irrigation systems is probably one of the most popular methods utilized for the control of pathogens. This article will address the different types of chlorination systems and the proper procedures required for...
April 20, 2005
Reducing plant handling costs is a goal of most greenhouse businesses. Carrying plants is time consuming and heavy work. It is also expensive. There are many systems that can be used to reduce this task and its cost. Purchase decisions should be...
March 25, 2005
Propagation of herbaceous perennials may be accomplished by a number of techniques. One of the most frequently used techniques is stem or tip cuttings. Stem cuttings are frequently taken from vigorously growing plants, inserted into propagation...
March 25, 2005
Nepeta ‘Blue Ice’ is a new introduction of catmint that offers growers several improvements over the older, more commonly grown Nepeta x faassenii cultivars. ‘Blue Ice’ is extra compact, reaching only 6-10 inches tall and bearing numerous spikes of...
March 25, 2005
Hiemalis begonias have been a popular semi-shade basket plant for many years. Now, breeding break-throughs, such as the Solenia series, have given growers hiemalis-type begonias that finish faster, are mildew resistant and take full sun. Other...
March 25, 2005
Maybe I was really bored after a few months of no travel, maybe I was temporarily insane, maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment, but this year, I added a new trade show/conference to my schedule. So in the midst of January travel that includes...
March 25, 2005
I was lucky enough to get a chance to go to Holland this year, which was a first for me. I accompanied 28 students through nurseries and the Aalsmeer Flower auction. Dutch floriculture is something everyone in our industry needs to experience...
March 25, 2005
Over the last few months, I cannot tell you how many people have asked about how my field-grown summer cut flower business did. A lot of people must read my monthly column and are definitely interested in how my cut flower business is going. I am...
March 24, 2005
Management of soil-borne diseases is critical in greenhouse and nursery production. Soil-borne diseases are caused by the pathogens Pythium and Rhizoctonia (damping off), Thielaviopsis (black root rot) and several other root rot and wilt organisms...
March 24, 2005
I recently wrote an article for our sister publication Lawn & Garden Retailer. In it, I suggested independent garden centers get involved in their communities, primarily to promote their businesses while giving to those in need — which has been...
March 24, 2005
In 2004, we conducted osteosper-mum/African daisy trials in our departmental greenhouses on the Columbus campus for the seventh consecutive year. We evaluated 26 entries from four source companies in the trial period from January through early May...
March 24, 2005
If only we knew what consumers wanted. Imagine being able to order and grow only the cultivars needed in the quantities required. Since that isn’t possible, we try to do the next best thing — decide what the consumers want through marketing surveys...
March 24, 2005
Resistance management is a strategy often emphasized to preserve the effectiveness of currently available insecticides, miticides, fungicides and herbicides. Although the concept of resistance is usually associated with insects and mites, there are...
March 24, 2005
Discipline is an unpleasant responsibility. Parents, teachers, coaches and employers are likely to agree. Doing it poorly only compounds the unpleasantness. Doing it well, however, reduces employer frustration, increases employee morale, makes the...
March 24, 2005
It is here again — the California Pack Trials. If you’ve gone before, you know how beneficial it is. If you haven’t gone, let me tell you…this trip is one you won’t forget, for a few reasons: 1) It is a nice road trip if you are able to travel with...
March 04, 2005
With spring season nearly upon us (or in full swing for those growers far south and west), everyone is getting extremely busy taking care of all those crops in the greenhouse. Days are full of transplanting, watering, moving crops, spraying and...
March 04, 2005
In 2004, 23 new cultivars were in the National Poinsettia Trials for the first time, and they should be available in 2005. The following descriptions of these cultivars are based on how the cultivars performed in our trials. ‘Shimmer Surprise’ and ‘...
March 04, 2005
Thanks to the efforts of people like the breeders at Sahin in The Netherlands, new colors of this popular vine are now available for growing and selling. Watching the world of plants it is easy to see that vines are hot. Among the species available...