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November 04, 2003
Festuca 'Boulder Blue' is an outstanding cultivar of ornamental grass. Although it is new to the commercial perennial trade, Boulder Blue was actually selected more than 25 years ago by plantsman Ted Keuttel of Golden, Colo. This cultivar has been...
November 04, 2003
Primula obconica, sometimes referred to as German primrose has soft, pastel-colored flowers in shades of white, pink, orange, purple or lilac. This primrose is attractive as a flowering potted plant or mixed with other plants in color bowls or...
November 04, 2003
Selecting the correct product for the job is very important to the success of a pest management program, but equally important is the equipment and application technique used to apply the pesticide. To help select the right application and equipment...
November 04, 2003
Over the past decade, the agrochemical industry has developed a range of safer products. These new crop protection tools are much more selective against target pests, exhibit low human toxicity and have minimal impact on the environment. Insect...
November 04, 2003
Increasingly, greenhouse growers are applying plant growth retardants to bedding plants during the plug stage. Spraying plants when they are in the plug stage is a very efficient way to treat them, since there are so many in a small area. It's also...
November 04, 2003
Wouldn't it be nice if you had about 135 different options for mealybug control like I had options for governor a few months ago? Yes, that's right, I live in California. If you had that many options, you would be just as confused picking the best...
November 04, 2003
I know, I know, but I love this plant. I think there is still a lot of room for new cultivars and new forms. Cut me a little slack, and I promise I won't be back to this crop for at least. . . six months. We were doing some work for Ball Floraplant...
October 03, 2003
Tomatoes, the biggest hydroponically produced crop on a worldwide scale, are complex in their physiology and response to crop management techniques since vegetative growth, flowering and fruiting all need to be continually maintained simultaneously...
October 03, 2003
When we started our fall pansy and viola trials three years ago, our objective was twofold: 1) to provide information to growers, breeders and consumers about the performance of different cultivars and 2) to use the trials as a vehicle for consumer...
October 03, 2003
Now that we are in the latter part of October, most poinsettia growers figure their job is finished and are just waiting for the plants to color up so they can be shipped. But this is the most critical time for last-minute adjustments to height...
October 03, 2003
Numbers Rise for Farwest Show The Farwest Show, produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries, had a stellar 2003 show. Held in the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore. August 21-23, the show made a few changes, which may have played a role...
October 03, 2003
I usually only make it out to California once a year for the California Pack Trials, but the extra trip I'm currently on (yes, I am writing this from the shade of a palm tree at the Ecke Ranch on a beautiful Southern California day) has me thinking...
October 03, 2003
Robusta answers the call for full, colorful crops adaptable for both home and garden with larger leaves and huge flowers, which will satisfy the needs of floral buyers in addition to stimulating impulse sales at retail. Robusta's strong and full-...
October 03, 2003
Since we are now in the prime season for purchasing automation equipment, it is time to address some of the concerns growers have about plunging into automation. Since we are now in the prime season for purchasing automation equipment, I thought I...
October 03, 2003
Well, this is it -- the last of the Successful Sales series. Over the course of this series, the previous articles brought you to the point of gaining an agreement from your customer to purchase your products. By now, you should almost be a master...
October 03, 2003
Although it's definitely the plant that counts in the end, you can't deny the effects of container size. It can control your plant's growth in order to meet a specific consumer demand, capitalize on space in order to ameliorate shipping cost, and...
October 03, 2003
Watering and fertilizing are two tasks that take the most amount of time in your greenhouse, and fertilizing is also one of the most important. You want to get the job done quickly and accurately, meaning you want an injector that is easy to install...
October 03, 2003
Okay, not to belabor the obvious, but it wasn't the greatest spring we've ever experienced. Too hot too early, colder than normal and too much rain. (I know we needed to overcome multi-year drought in many parts of the country, but did we need to...
October 03, 2003
Last month, we covered the results of most of our focus crops for the University of Florida spring/summer 2003 trials. However, there were so many great new plants as single entries in the trials that I really felt we needed to cover them in a...
October 03, 2003
It's October already, with the fall season well underway all over the United States. Most people are tired of raking leaves but willing to decorate for Halloween. Football season is almost halfway over, and the kids are already tired of school. Well...