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May 12, 2004
For the past nine years, most of you have known me through my consulting with greenhouse operations, speaking at seminars and writing articles in trade journals. These areas have kept me very busy and allowed me to meet a wide range of people and...
April 16, 2004
Goldsmith/Fischer Partnership Fischer and Goldsmith Seeds, Inc. has announced a partnership, making Fischer the exclusive production, distribution, marketing and sales channel for all Goldsmith vegetative varieties in North America, Europe and...
April 16, 2004
A good grower is like any other craftsperson — they should know how to use the tools available to them. I find myself reminding growers around the country that they have a toolbox available to them, and they should always be looking to add tools to...
April 16, 2004
In these increasingly challenging times, growers are constantly searching for that perfect product — high retail sales value, low cost per square foot, low energy requirements, low PGR needs, yet still programmable for shipping. Often this search...
April 16, 2004
When it comes to selecting greenhouse polyethylene films, growers pay most attention to the combination of toughness, lifespan and optional features, such as light transmission, thermic effect, anti-dripping, anti-fogging and other useful...
April 16, 2004
Despite an industry-wide slowdown in the growth rate of live plant production during the past several years, business is just fine — better than ever, in fact — at Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Partially, that’s because all...
April 16, 2004
Creating gorgeous mixed containers isn’t just for retailers and consumers; your creative expertise can be used as well! We all know that mixed containers are hot at retail right now. So, to keep customers happy, growers need to offer specialty...
April 16, 2004
In Greek the name delphinium translates to “dolphin flower,” describing the shape of the spur on the upper part of the flower. With an abundance of deep blue flowers, combined with its compact habit of only 8-14 inches in height, Summer Nights is an...
April 16, 2004
While it is hard to predict which way the economy will turn, it is pretty obvious where raw material prices are heading. We continue to watch what course the economy might take, and if the uncertainties have you waiting and putting possible...
April 16, 2004
The specialty cut flower industry has succeeded in bringing many new and unusual cut flowers to the marketplace. Consumers, florists and wholesalers rely on specialty cuts to provide a fresh look to bouquets and arrangements. For the industry, it...
April 16, 2004
As consumers realize their appeal, pansies and violas are increasingly being planted outdoors in late summer and early autumn. Consequently, the production of flowering pansy continues to increase, especially for sales in late summer. To meet...
April 16, 2004
The uproar over Ralstonia in geraniums during the past year or so is more a sign of the times than the state of bacterial disease control in the ornamentals industry. If the same thing happened 10 years ago the level of concern would surely not have...
April 16, 2004
I wrote an article last year about the 2003 National Floriculture Forum (NFF) and wanted to give people an update on this year’s forum. By way of background, NFF is a conference of academic and industry professionals who belong to the American...
April 16, 2004
I don’t know how it happened that a cold January evening in Germany found us planning a trip to Central America, but there we were, Joe Fox from MasterTag, Jim Snyder from Superfresh Marketing, Jim Barrett from the University of Florida and me...
April 16, 2004
A few weeks ago, I attended a friend’s gallery opening. Both he and his wife are artists, and their work will be displayed side-by-side in this new space — his style bright, abstract and angular; hers soft, impressionistic and romantic. One of...
March 11, 2004
Arctotis Arctotis has a compact habit, silver leaves and a high flower count from April through November. It performs best in full sun and prefers a well-drained peat/perlite media mix that is slightly acidic — with a pH of 6.0-6.5. Keep plants...
March 11, 2004
Downy mildew on impatiens has been recently diagnosed in Michigan. Growers visiting from the United Kingdom last November mentioned that they had experienced a severe outbreak of downy mildew on hybrid impatiens earlier in the year. The disease had...
March 11, 2004
One would think that with the current job market and high unemployment rates, recruiting employees for your operation would be as easy as putting a Help Wanted sign in the window. Think again. Quality employees are hard to find, and a long,...
March 11, 2004
Those of you in the South, where spring is already starting, are probably looking at your benches full of geraniums and wondering what I could possibly be talking about. The crop looks fine, orders are shipping on schedule and sales are starting...
March 11, 2004
The National Poinsettia Variety Trials evaluate the newest varieties to provide growers with information on how to produce them and compare them with older standard varieties, which you can find in the February 2004 issue of GPN. These trials are...
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