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December 12, 2003
Say the word "branding" to any group of horticultural executives, and you are likely to get some sighs, rolled eyes and under-the-breath utterances of "Here we go again." In addition to being oft maligned, it is also the most...
December 12, 2003
FPO's Flowers. Alive With Possibilities Campaign Reaches Atlanta The Flower Promotion Organization's (FPO) Flowers. Alive with Possibilities promotion campaign has reached the Atlanta market through a partnership with the Atlanta Metro Flower...
December 12, 2003
In recent years, sales of impatiens -- Impatiens wallerana, double impatiens and New Guinea impatiens -- have been phenomenal. However, one problem with impatiens is premature flower and bud drop, which can be induced by ethylene, low light...
December 12, 2003
Though the Scrophulariaceae and Verbenaceae family names may not sound too familiar, you've most certainly grown some member species. Here, we will look at the currently known responses of perennial plants from these families to plant growth...
December 11, 2003
If you're looking to diversify your product line and set yourself apart from the competition, perhaps you should consider growing succulents. They are adapted to withstand drought by storing water in specialized cells in their leaves, stems and/or...
December 11, 2003
In talking with many industry players, from growers to wholesalers to breeders to input suppliers, I'm hearing more now about problems resulting from untimely and incomplete communication and decision procrastination than I've ever heard before....
November 11, 2003
Most growers are starting to ship poinsettias and finish up the fall season. Last spring is a distant memory, but you still need to make decisions about next spring and beyond. Many growers cannot make decisions about the spring season until they...
November 11, 2003
Everyone makes mistakes once in a while, so when I learned that the ivy pictured in last month's "Perennial Solutions" was not Hedera helix 'Duck Foot', I cringed, but I wasn't too surprised. Everyone makes mistakes. There were some...
November 11, 2003
Sol Price, who founded Price Club that has morphed into today's Costco, was fanatical on a business principle he called "the intelligent loss of business." The concept behind this principle was that by continuously analyzing and evaluating the sales...
November 11, 2003
In the past few years, Terra Nova Nurseries has produced a number of new pulmonaria, focusing on garden-worthiness combined with the appeal of improved leaf contrast, superior flower size and colors, and powdery mildew resistance. Patented varieties...
November 11, 2003
With so many products available on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Getting the most for your dollar, especially with an uncertain economy, is a concern for small and large growers alike. The Blackmore Puncher/Planter and...
November 11, 2003
Early spring is a hard time for gardeners because the days have gotten warmer and the inactivity of winter is pushing you to get something planted out in the garden. The call to get planting before the threat of frost has passed is hard to ignore....
November 06, 2003
Invest now to save later -- the industry's market message is clear. It is safe to say that our industry is moving forward and taking advantage of new technologies. More than ever there is demand for new equipment and programs that can push a...
November 06, 2003
Now that I have the chance to explain to you what is new in the disease control sphere, I find myself thinking that you might not have taken advantage of what was new last year, or the year before last. The flower industry is conservative about...
November 06, 2003
Each year when we do this special chemical section in GPN, I'm a little envious of the insect and disease folks; they always seem to have new stuff to talk about. New plant growth regulators (PGR) just do not come along as fast. In fact, for the "...
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...