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June 18, 2004
Can you imagine anything more fun than riding around California with a busload of garden center owners during the beginning of their spring rush? We couldn’t either, so with a lot of planning, a little convincing and cell phones in every hand, Lawn...
June 18, 2004
The numbers are rising. People are investing more and more money and time in their gardens and backyards. According to The National Gardening Association, lawn and garden sales increased from $30.2 billion in 1998 to $38.4 billion in 2003, and just...
June 18, 2004
It’s Pack Trial time again. Hard to believe, but the breeders/marketers are already tempting us with their new offerings for next spring. So if you’re still feeling overwhelmed from sorting through spring 2004, we do have one positive sign from...
May 25, 2004
The current situation with sudden oak death (SOD), ramorum blight, reminds me of one about 10 years ago when Benlate was accused of causing every kind of plant damage possible. The result of that inappropriate reaction was the loss of all Dupont...
May 25, 2004
The current situation with sudden oak death (SOD), ramorum blight, reminds me of one about 10 years ago when Benlate was accused of causing every kind of plant damage possible. The result of that inappropriate reaction was the loss of all Dupont...
May 12, 2004
Last month, I attended a new conference, the Hardlines Technology Forum sponsored by the American Hardware Manufacturer’s Association, who used to sponsor the National Hardware Show and now has its own show. And despite having little familiarity...
May 12, 2004
This year’s winter trials were a real learning experience here in Florida. We had a series of night temperatures around 20-22º F, and that really impacted results and performance of almost all entries. The purpose of the winter trials is to look at...
May 12, 2004
Sudden Oak Death Hits with a Vengeance Since the announcement of the 2004 P. ramorum, commonly called Sudden Oak Death (SOD), outbreak in California in mid-March, there has been new information flowing in every week about the disease and what is...
May 12, 2004
Floral Plant Growers. Not the most well-known name in floriculture, but this Denmark, Wis.-based company is one to watch for. In just eight short years, the company has expanded to approximately 2.7 million sq.ft. and five locations; is the primary...
May 12, 2004
Overwintering pansies — a new development? Not by any means. However, it is fairly new to retailers and consumers, as they were typically unaware that pansies overwinter. But their awareness has increased with the help of a few marketing programs,...
May 12, 2004
Pythium species are a group of important pathogens of floral crops. Pythium diseases are typically soilborne and are difficult to control once a plant is infected or soil/soilless mixes are contaminated. These diseases usually attack root systems...
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...
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