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March 11, 2004
Ralstonia Shuts Down Shipment According to a letter from Goldsmith Plants to numerous industry affiliates, the USDA has informed Goldsmith Plants, Inc., that they will not be allowed to ship geranium cuttings to the United States this season....
March 11, 2004
Aquilegia, commonly known as columbine, is one of the best-known, old-fashioned perennials that still delivers great appeal in today’s gardens, and thanks to breeding improvements, this genus keeps getting better. The aquilegia Swan series is a...
March 11, 2004
When working with grower and retailer clients to help them improve their performance and craft a marketing or business plan, one of the first questions I ask the owner is, “What is the single most important thing your organization does that gives it...
March 11, 2004
You’d think the goal for the credit and collection department is to find ways to reject new customers and drive away old ones, based on the use by most growers of traditional DSO (days sales outstanding) and bad debt performance measurements....
March 11, 2004
The more you know about your customers, the better you can connect with them and understand their needs. There are some publicly available characteristics about people in your market area (income, home value, education) that are known collectively...
March 11, 2004
Lantana has undergone many improvements in the past few years, which is good because it was already a phenomenal plant to begin with. Depending on where you live in the United States, it is either an annual, perennial or woody shrub. In all parts of...
February 24, 2004
The latest improvement in the Winter Rose family is an early-blooming selection. Very few poinsettias have distinctive name recognition to the level of Winter Rose. Since its introduction, this unique cultivar has continued to grow in popularity and...
February 24, 2004
With the start of a new spring season, we have been getting bombarded about Ralstonia on zonal geraniums. This kind of news is enough to make some growers quit growing zonals and look at something else. If it’s not Ralstonia on geraniums, then it’s...
February 24, 2004
The silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii, invaded greenhouses in the United States in the late 80s and has been a major concern for growers ever since. A big step in the management of this pest was the introduction of imidacloprid (Marathon)...
February 24, 2004
This is the third and last article in a series about branding green goods (parts one and two ran in the December 2003 and January 2004 issues of GPN). The first article laid some foundation on the basics of branding. In that article we defined...
February 24, 2004
The best cultivar for an individual grower depends on the location, production practices, markets and personal preferences. There are a large number of poinsettia cultivars that can be produced successfully — too many for any one grower to be...
February 24, 2004
Spring can be a mad scramble or a well planned and orchestrated exercise. In most operations, I suspect, it is a combination of both. In the bedding plant industry, spring is the time when vacations to warm, sunny places are over and 16-hour days...
February 24, 2004
Ralstonia To-Date Since the Ralstonia announcement was made about a month ago, there has been so much information floating around about the outbreak that no one really knows what is going on with the disease at this point. Well, we have figured out...
February 24, 2004
The following cultivars were in the trials for the first time in 2003 and are available to growers for the 2004 growing period. There were other cultivars in the trials that breeders have chosen not to offer at this time or that are being offered on...
February 24, 2004
The National Poinsettia Trials, sponsored by the poinsettia breeders, were established to provide an independent evaluation of the many new cultivars being introduced. There are too many new cultivars for growers to adequately evaluate them all....
February 24, 2004
Using rapid diagnostic kits for detecting viral diseases in greenhouse crops can be very beneficial. These kits produce results in a short period of time and are reliable, sensitive, cost effective and user friendly. In fact, tests are usually as...
February 24, 2004
Named after a French botany patron, M. Gaillard, gaillardia (blanket flower) has been a staple of the highway wildflower seed program for decades and is the state flower of Oklahoma. The genus has a reputation for being tough, salt tolerant,...
February 24, 2004
At last month’s Mid-Am trade show in Chicago, Proven Winners (PW) and Spring Meadow Nursery, a supplier of unique woody ornamentals sold under the ColorChoice label, announced an exclusive marketing partnership that flies in the face of industry...
February 23, 2004
One of the biggest concerns growers face today in irrigation is disease due to water contamination, especially when recycling water. Contaminants such as organic matter drawn into the water with ebb and flow systems can be a big problem, not only...
February 23, 2004
This is a list and description of the best cultivars in the 2003 National Poinsettia Cultivar Trials. Characteristics used to select these included appearance, growth habit and consumer evaluations. Additionally, we considered whether or not the...