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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...
March 11, 2004
Generally, at this time of the spring season, I get a number of phone calls from concerned growers who say their plants are turning yellow, stunted or generally not growing the way they should. After a few questions, it becomes apparent that the...
March 11, 2004
Horti Fair –Bridget White Perhaps it’s because when you’re in a strange environment, you seek out familiar things. Regardless, the International Horti Fair 2003, the name with which the former NTV is now known, hosted the largest American...
March 11, 2004
The greenhouse environment is not only nearly ideal for growing plants; it can produce outstanding pest infestations, as you surely have discovered. Mites seem to be one of the great levelers among growers, common to many greenhouse crops and...
March 11, 2004
Calandiva, an exclusive pot plant bred from Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, can be easily grown like most standard kalanchoes. Its most striking features are the rose-shaped flowers and unique look. Calandiva produces a large, full flower head with...
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...
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