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November 11, 2004
This is one of the great moments in time when a renowned but limited perennial flower has the roof blown off of its genetic potential. The advances in echinacea breeding we will be seeing emerge on the market in the next few years are some of the...
November 11, 2004
Supplemental lighting is used in greenhouses to increase crop production during time periods with low levels of solar radiation. These time periods usually occur during the winter months, but cloudy summer days can be as dark as some of the darker...
November 11, 2004
After changing sites for their new location (post purchase), waiting a year for electricity and finally making it through the build, these long-time nurserymen know first hand the good and the bad of building a new location. Moving. The very word...
November 11, 2004
Providing plants that thrive in the conditions that are present at the time they are sold is critical to the success of growers, retailers and consumers. Flower breeders continue to develop more varieties that provide consumers with additional...
November 11, 2004
Business classes teach us that all marketing programs must include the Four Ps of Marketing — product, price, promotion and placement or physical distribution…and we’ve treated this mantra with the reverence of the Ten Commandments. But in today’s...
November 11, 2004
Lobelia cardinalis is an eye-catching perennial in garden centers, container plantings and in the landscape. Lobelia ‘Fan Scarlet’ is a Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner with many desirable characteristics for commercial perennial growers. It has...
November 11, 2004
Back in May of this year, I wrote about a new business I was setting up called Country Fresh Flowers. The idea was to grow and sell field-grown summer cut flowers to local retail florists and at farmer’s markets in my home area. Well, I made it...
October 13, 2004
Growers are biologists, plant-lovers, engineers, artists, mechanics and gardeners, but most of us are not accountants. As a result, many greenhouse businesses struggle with the concept of cost accounting; yet the need to run a successful business...
October 13, 2004
It is a subject that comes up time and time again — water. In 2002 many growers in the United States had to overcome drought, trying to conserve water or altering crop selection by growing more drought-tolerant varieties. Though that is always an...
October 13, 2004
Mode of action or mode of activity refers to how a pesticide — in this case, an insecticide or miticide — affects the metabolic and physiological processes in an insect or mite. Greenhouse producers, in order to sustain successful integrated pest...
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...
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