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September 13, 2004
It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of the cost of heating a greenhouse is incurred at night. Given the long nights of winter in the North, heating is clearly a major cost in plant production. In addition, the dramatic increase in fuel...
September 13, 2004
Here it is September already! Wow, this summer has sure flown by fast. Here in the Chicago area we really didn’t have much of a summer, as we had the 4th coolest summer on record. So, we were already thinking fall back in early August. But for the...
September 13, 2004
People over the centuries have been captivated by the striking blue hues that adorn the towering spikes we refer to as delphinium. One of the traditional problems with growing older types of delphinium is the fact that, like most beauties worthy of...
September 13, 2004
The CapMat is just one of more than 32,000 products that Hummert International offers. Bill Eskes horticulturist and technical adviser of Hummert International, Springfield, Mo. explained why this capillary matting product has had such an effect on...
September 13, 2004
The first calibrachoas were introduced only 12 years ago, but this has already become an important spring crop. Its rapid growth has been both because calibrachoas are popular with consumers and because they have a good growth habit for baskets and...
September 13, 2004
Sedum ‘Voodoo’ offers perennial producers great versatility with their marketing strategies, as this perennial can be used in numerous ways. Its branching habit, combined with its intense red leaf color forms an aesthetically pleasing potted plant...
August 11, 2004
We talk about it whenever we see each other at trade shows or conferences, “How was your spring?” The answers always differ; after all, there are differences among growers — whether you are a grower supplying mass merchants or independents, in the...
August 10, 2004
Mimulus — not a crop you hear much about but should. The Magic series from Floranova grows approximately 10 inches high with flowers that are 1 3/4-2 inches in diameter. Magic has a very short production time under long days, with flowering 6-7...
August 10, 2004
The dog days of August are upon us, so it must mean growers are about knee-deep in poinsettias. There are some smart growers out there who bring in pre-finished points later in September, thereby avoiding all the problems associated with getting...
August 10, 2004
In the past decade, the perennial industry has become a significant segment of floriculture crop production. Similar to vegetative annuals, new cultivars of perennials are released every year, many of which are propagated by cuttings. In most cases...
August 10, 2004
For over five centuries gardeners and landscapers have been utilizing campanula species to accent their gardens. With more than 300 species in the genus campanula, a number of forms and textures are available for gardeners to incorporate into today’...
August 10, 2004
Are you ready for another twist to growth regulator applications for poinsettias? Many growers become very structured and resistant to change when it comes to how to grow poinsettias. Poinsettias are such a big crop with a long crop time and many...
August 10, 2004
The nursery industry has experienced significant change over the last 15 years, partly fueled by changes in retailer strategies and practices. The driving forces of change lie in three related areas. First, some individual firms, both at retail and...
August 10, 2004
Orchids are often described as the most beautiful flowers in the world. While most orchids are found in the tropics, they are distributed worldwide and can be found on every single continent except Antarctica. Though orchid cultivation dates back...
August 10, 2004
About 95 percent of the time, water will solve heat issues, and in the greenhouse it is no different. American Coolair used this theory when designing its PVC Evaporative Cooling System, which has been around for years. Not long ago it introduced...
August 10, 2004
Cultivating plants without soil, the accepted definition of hydroponics, continues to gain popularity within commercial horticulture, and as it does, more and more products are developed for it. More sophisticated lighting, easier to mix nutrients...
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...
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