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May 12, 2004
Carrying on the tradition, All America Selections, All America Rose Selections, Fleuro-select and FloraStar have selected the variety winners for the 2005 growing season. Each variety has been judged based on a standardized grading system and passed...
May 12, 2004
Making pesticide application decisions based on pest counts and action thresholds is part of integrated pest management, which has been promoted throughout the green industry for the past few decades. Counting pests and using action thresholds...
May 12, 2004
Growers around the country face a decision when producing bedding plants for the Deep South and similar climates around the world. There, flowers may flourish year-round; however, the moderate to high temperatures and ample moisture fuel the fires...
May 12, 2004
Creating unique tags, stakes, signs and labels using on-site printing technology has gained popularity in the industry. The XTRA 5 thermal transfer printer from Horticultural Printers’ OnSyte printing division is the latest addition to its list of...
May 12, 2004
Recently I spoke with a retail florist who was lamenting about the demise of his sales over the past few years. After researching some of the data available in the American Floral Endowment/Ipsos-Insight Consumer Tracking Study, it was evident that...
May 12, 2004
As I wrote last month (see “Dear Diary,” April 2004 GPN), Jim Barrett, University of Florida, and I were lucky enough to travel to Central America earlier this year to tour stock and seed production at the 10 farms of our six host companies: Ball...
May 12, 2004
The Fresh Look series offers season long garden color. ‘Fresh Look Red’ and ‘Fresh Look Yellow’ thrive in the summer heat and humidity with drought and rain tolerance, making them perfect for mass planting in beds or mixed containers. The Fresh Look...
May 12, 2004
Pansy The Colossus series has 3 1?2- to 4-inch, upward-facing blooms. Its tight, dense plant habit with shorter internodes and small leaves results in less stretch, even in warm production conditions. In packs, it reaches 3 inches high and 4-5...
May 12, 2004
There is a place in nearly every landscape design for ornamental grasses. Perhaps the most suitable and versatile ornamental grasses are the pennisetum cultivars. Pennisetum varieties range in size from 6 inches to 8 feet high. They are easy to grow...
May 12, 2004
For the past nine years, most of you have known me through my consulting with greenhouse operations, speaking at seminars and writing articles in trade journals. These areas have kept me very busy and allowed me to meet a wide range of people and...
April 16, 2004
Goldsmith/Fischer Partnership Fischer and Goldsmith Seeds, Inc. has announced a partnership, making Fischer the exclusive production, distribution, marketing and sales channel for all Goldsmith vegetative varieties in North America, Europe and...
April 16, 2004
A good grower is like any other craftsperson — they should know how to use the tools available to them. I find myself reminding growers around the country that they have a toolbox available to them, and they should always be looking to add tools to...
April 16, 2004
In these increasingly challenging times, growers are constantly searching for that perfect product — high retail sales value, low cost per square foot, low energy requirements, low PGR needs, yet still programmable for shipping. Often this search...
April 16, 2004
When it comes to selecting greenhouse polyethylene films, growers pay most attention to the combination of toughness, lifespan and optional features, such as light transmission, thermic effect, anti-dripping, anti-fogging and other useful...
April 16, 2004
Despite an industry-wide slowdown in the growth rate of live plant production during the past several years, business is just fine — better than ever, in fact — at Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Partially, that’s because all...
April 16, 2004
Creating gorgeous mixed containers isn’t just for retailers and consumers; your creative expertise can be used as well! We all know that mixed containers are hot at retail right now. So, to keep customers happy, growers need to offer specialty...
April 16, 2004
In Greek the name delphinium translates to “dolphin flower,” describing the shape of the spur on the upper part of the flower. With an abundance of deep blue flowers, combined with its compact habit of only 8-14 inches in height, Summer Nights is an...
April 16, 2004
While it is hard to predict which way the economy will turn, it is pretty obvious where raw material prices are heading. We continue to watch what course the economy might take, and if the uncertainties have you waiting and putting possible...
April 16, 2004
The specialty cut flower industry has succeeded in bringing many new and unusual cut flowers to the marketplace. Consumers, florists and wholesalers rely on specialty cuts to provide a fresh look to bouquets and arrangements. For the industry, it...
April 16, 2004
As consumers realize their appeal, pansies and violas are increasingly being planted outdoors in late summer and early autumn. Consequently, the production of flowering pansy continues to increase, especially for sales in late summer. To meet...
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