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October 13, 2004
In Part I (GPN September 2004) we discussed what happens to plant growth when we grow crops cooler. Here, we will discuss how dropping temperature affects diseases and insects. In addition, to help you decide if there is a benefit for your business...
October 13, 2004
Having had a big interest in these plants for many years, it is great to see so many improvements in both seed and vegetative “hardy” hibiscus. Most growers will identify with the Disco Belle series that basically took over the market about 20...
October 13, 2004
If it’s October, it must be time for odds and ends! This is my time to talk about a few things that don’t take up enough space for an entire column. Let me know what you think, or if you have some other odds and ends you think I should consider....
September 13, 2004
The retail sales environment…Recent government indicators show that consumer confidence, the usual barometer of the consumers’ faith in the future (including job security, political stability and the economy) and a predictor of future spending...
September 13, 2004
Yoder Expands Product Mix Yoder Brothers has reached a tentative agreement to acquire four of the five potted plant crops from Earl J. Small Growers, Pinellas Park, Fla. Under terms of the agreement, Yoder will acquire all of Small’s seed inventory...
September 13, 2004
This year was a good year for a lot of crops and not such a good year for others. In common with other year’s results we saw a few common markers that separate performance in the Sunbelt from performance in more Northern regions of the state. Our...
September 13, 2004
One of the great things about trade shows is all the interesting news you hear while walking around and talking to people — this company is going out of business, or so-and-so is moving to another company or that company has a new marketing program...
September 13, 2004
With fuel prices escalating this fall, now is a good time to evaluate how efficiently you are using the growing space in your greenhouses. The cost of providing the right environment is the same whether you are utilizing 50 percent of the space or...
September 13, 2004
The popularity of ornamental grasses has soared in recent years. In the garden, they can be bold, natural, textural and graceful — truly adding a “new” look to mixed containers, gardens and landscapes. In ever increasing numbers, they are being...
September 13, 2004
Powdery mildew is one of the most common types of diseases on ornamentals. Some common hosts include rose, gerbera daisy, salvia, pansy, hydrangea, begonia, African violet, crape myrtle, delphinium, zinnia, azalea, sunflower, ranunculus, grape ivy,...
September 13, 2004
While ‘Freedom Red’ was the most important poinsettia variety in most of the country over the past 10 years or so, heat delay was not a topic that was discussed very much. However, with ‘Prestige’ becoming such a popular variety, we are hearing...
September 13, 2004
It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of the cost of heating a greenhouse is incurred at night. Given the long nights of winter in the North, heating is clearly a major cost in plant production. In addition, the dramatic increase in fuel...
September 13, 2004
Here it is September already! Wow, this summer has sure flown by fast. Here in the Chicago area we really didn’t have much of a summer, as we had the 4th coolest summer on record. So, we were already thinking fall back in early August. But for the...
September 13, 2004
People over the centuries have been captivated by the striking blue hues that adorn the towering spikes we refer to as delphinium. One of the traditional problems with growing older types of delphinium is the fact that, like most beauties worthy of...
September 13, 2004
The CapMat is just one of more than 32,000 products that Hummert International offers. Bill Eskes horticulturist and technical adviser of Hummert International, Springfield, Mo. explained why this capillary matting product has had such an effect on...
September 13, 2004
The first calibrachoas were introduced only 12 years ago, but this has already become an important spring crop. Its rapid growth has been both because calibrachoas are popular with consumers and because they have a good growth habit for baskets and...
September 13, 2004
Sedum ‘Voodoo’ offers perennial producers great versatility with their marketing strategies, as this perennial can be used in numerous ways. Its branching habit, combined with its intense red leaf color forms an aesthetically pleasing potted plant...
August 11, 2004
We talk about it whenever we see each other at trade shows or conferences, “How was your spring?” The answers always differ; after all, there are differences among growers — whether you are a grower supplying mass merchants or independents, in the...
August 10, 2004
Mimulus — not a crop you hear much about but should. The Magic series from Floranova grows approximately 10 inches high with flowers that are 1 3/4-2 inches in diameter. Magic has a very short production time under long days, with flowering 6-7...
August 10, 2004
The dog days of August are upon us, so it must mean growers are about knee-deep in poinsettias. There are some smart growers out there who bring in pre-finished points later in September, thereby avoiding all the problems associated with getting...
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