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August 10, 2004
This crop was mentioned in last year’s Pack Trials coverage, and since then, we have done some work on its production. The genus phygelius is a wonderful group of somewhat fuchsia-like plants that come from South Africa and belong to the...
August 10, 2004
Suntory Goes Unrooted The Suntory Collection, marketed in the United States by Jackson & Perkins Wholesale, Inc. (JPW), will now be offering unrooted cuttings to eight select brokers. The cuttings will come from Plant Source International in...
August 10, 2004
Understanding the Consumer: Is Floriculture Relevant? was the topic of the week at the recent Seeley Conference conducted at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. This conference is an industry think tank, drawing in leaders from all aspects of our...
August 10, 2004
Late last month, I stopped by my local grower/retailer/florist to pick up some flowers for my desk and a new foliage plant for a dark corner of my apartment. As usual, I ended up with more than I was shopping for and left with three beautiful...
August 10, 2004
Insecticides and miticides are used by greenhouse producers to control many of the major arthropod pests. Western flower thrips (WFT) is one of the most important insect pests in greenhouses because it directly damages plant leaves and flowers. In...
July 08, 2004
Zinnia Widely known for disease resistance and garden performance, the All-America Selection Gold Medal-winning zinnia Profusion series has become an extremely popular variety in the United States. Now, there are two new colors in the series: ‘...
July 08, 2004
Over the past decade, retractable shade curtains have become a regular feature of new greenhouse construction. The obvious benefit is that retractable curtains provide higher light levels during times of low light intensity (e.g., mornings, late...
July 08, 2004
Profitable production of pansies is dependent upon the knowledge and control of production costs. Growers who understand production costs will be better prepared to make decisions on the optimal number of plants to produce and price to establish....
July 08, 2004
For the last several years, hostas have been the top-selling perennial throughout North America and are a significant part of today’s landscapes. Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ is an eye-catching variety whose immense chartreuse-green leaves have caught...
July 08, 2004
Before breeders start a new breeding program they evaluate what should be improved over existing varieties first. They select their breeding goals, and besides excellent garden performance and brilliant colors, they are probably focusing on fast-...
July 08, 2004
Now that the spring season is behind everyone, it’s time to look back at how well you were able to grow vegetative annuals. I know I have written about growth control of these plants before, but I think this is a good time to reiterate what was...
July 08, 2004
This past May I had the delightful experience of working in a couple of local garden centers helping customers find what they wanted. I try to do this every year, just volunteering my time (in exchange for some plants), and finding out what people...
July 08, 2004
This is the season for celebrations…weddings and graduations, the end of one stage of life and the beginning of another. It’s a season of celebrating the accomplishments that one had to endure and achieve to get them to that transition point and...
July 08, 2004
Rhizoctonia spp. cause root, stem and foliar diseases on many of our most important container produced ornamentals. Rhizoctonia spp. usually attack the stems of plants at the soil line, causing girdling and death of the tops. The pathogen commonly...
July 08, 2004
Last month’s Pack Trial article covered new seed introductions as well as some of the most important trends from this year’s Pack Trials. This month, since there are so many vegetative introductions, we wanted to focus exclusively on the plants....
July 08, 2004
Profitability in the greenhouse industry relies on high yields, innovative methods of production, new plant varieties, structural design, environmental controls, marketing, shipping and much more. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs play a key...
July 08, 2004
We are seeing rapid growth in the market for plants that can work in 41?2-inch to 1-gal. containers. In the industry’s quest for what’s new to be put in smaller containers, we sometimes overlook old favorites. An example is ivy geraniums; our...
July 08, 2004
It’s hard to believe it’s already time for Short Course again. I don’t know about you guys, but the spring has just slipped away from me, and I find myself quickly coasting through summer and already thinking about fall. Was Pack Trials really four...
July 08, 2004
The Elite Performer Trial by FloraStar is designed to determine those varieties that are the easiest and best in greenhouse production. The production trials are conducted at the University of Florida, and this is the first independent program to...
July 08, 2004
We are continuing with the Pack Trials coverage from last month, and there are some new and “second servings” releases I wanted to highlight in this issue. Most of these plants are quite unique, but as a group I think they offer some really great...
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