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October 13, 2004
What is the first location that comes to mind for offshore cutting production? Costa Rica? Guatemala? Israel? Probably not Mexico. You just don’t hear a lot about cuttings originating in Mexico, despite the country’s status as the United States’...
October 13, 2004
Torenia The torenia Moon series has five new color additions, doubling its offerings. ‘Honey Moon’ is just one of the five new color additions to the series. Honey Moon, a distinctive pink color, is a single flower spreading plant that works well in...
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October 13, 2004
On September 8, 2004 Franks Nursery filed Chapter 11 for the second time in a little over two years and announced that it will close all 169 stores by Christmas and liquidate all assets for the benefit of its secured creditors. Ostensibly, Franks...
October 13, 2004
While visiting a grower the other day and going over his crop of pansies, mums, and flowering kale and cabbage, the main comment I had was that the plants looked like they needed more feed for growth to cover up the pots. The grower said he was...
October 13, 2004
Whiteflies can be difficult pests to manage, especially in greenhouses where they enjoy a high-quality food supply, favorable environmental conditions and minimal protection from natural enemies. Whiteflies damage a number of crops: verbena, fuchsia...
October 13, 2004
Cut flowers vary greatly in their sensitivity to ethylene, with symptoms such as flower, bud and leaf abscission; bud abortion; rapid flower senescence; epinasty; and decreased vase life. Concentrations as low as 100 ppb and exposure times as little...
October 13, 2004
Zinnia is one of the most popular summer garden annuals due to its bright colors and ease of culture; however, it is also prone to many diseases — most notably powdery mildew, —that have limited its use as a bedding plant. In 1994, ‘Profusion Orange...
October 13, 2004
Gaura lindheimeri has become known as a plant that offers growers and gardeners great versatility and resiliency throughout a wide range of the country. Due to the popularity of perennials and increased interest in gaura, breeders across the world...
October 13, 2004
Like many, many other people, I never mix politics and business. Yes, I have a party affiliation. Yes, I keep abreast of current events. Yes, I vote in every election. Yes, I often have strong feelings about the candidates. I just make it a point...
October 13, 2004
Franks Nursery Files For Chapter 11 Again After weeks of falling stock prices, withholding payments and speculation of trouble, Franks Nursery & Crafts, Inc. announced that it filed for Chapter 11 voluntary liquidation bankruptcy protection in...
October 13, 2004
In Part I (GPN September 2004) we discussed what happens to plant growth when we grow crops cooler. Here, we will discuss how dropping temperature affects diseases and insects. In addition, to help you decide if there is a benefit for your business...
October 13, 2004
Having had a big interest in these plants for many years, it is great to see so many improvements in both seed and vegetative “hardy” hibiscus. Most growers will identify with the Disco Belle series that basically took over the market about 20...
October 13, 2004
If it’s October, it must be time for odds and ends! This is my time to talk about a few things that don’t take up enough space for an entire column. Let me know what you think, or if you have some other odds and ends you think I should consider....
September 13, 2004
The retail sales environment…Recent government indicators show that consumer confidence, the usual barometer of the consumers’ faith in the future (including job security, political stability and the economy) and a predictor of future spending...
September 13, 2004
Yoder Expands Product Mix Yoder Brothers has reached a tentative agreement to acquire four of the five potted plant crops from Earl J. Small Growers, Pinellas Park, Fla. Under terms of the agreement, Yoder will acquire all of Small’s seed inventory...
September 13, 2004
This year was a good year for a lot of crops and not such a good year for others. In common with other year’s results we saw a few common markers that separate performance in the Sunbelt from performance in more Northern regions of the state. Our...
September 13, 2004
One of the great things about trade shows is all the interesting news you hear while walking around and talking to people — this company is going out of business, or so-and-so is moving to another company or that company has a new marketing program...
September 13, 2004
With fuel prices escalating this fall, now is a good time to evaluate how efficiently you are using the growing space in your greenhouses. The cost of providing the right environment is the same whether you are utilizing 50 percent of the space or...
September 13, 2004
The popularity of ornamental grasses has soared in recent years. In the garden, they can be bold, natural, textural and graceful — truly adding a “new” look to mixed containers, gardens and landscapes. In ever increasing numbers, they are being...
September 13, 2004
Powdery mildew is one of the most common types of diseases on ornamentals. Some common hosts include rose, gerbera daisy, salvia, pansy, hydrangea, begonia, African violet, crape myrtle, delphinium, zinnia, azalea, sunflower, ranunculus, grape ivy,...
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