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January 22, 2004
Most likely, you do not pay your greenhouse employees a premium for overtime. Based on your company's status as an "agricultural" business, you probably believe that you are not required to pay them at a premium rate for working over 40...
January 22, 2004
Being a "die hard" plant lover and a commercial perennial grower, I've discovered that there are a lot of really cool plants out there. But how many times are the cool plants not conducive to commercial production? They are, more often than not,...
January 22, 2004
Perennial Plant of the Year Named The Perennial Plant Association has named Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' as the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. This low-maintenance Japanese painted fern is a showy fern for shade gardens. It is popular because of...
January 22, 2004
Over the past five years, with the support of Floriculture Industry Research and Scholarship Trust (FIRST), we conducted a series of experiments to develop guidelines for using the daily light integral (DLI) to gauge the light environment in...
January 22, 2004
The first article I wrote for GPN was on Botrytis prevention and control, and it appeared in October of 1998. Five years is probably long enough to wait to do an update since we have maintained an active research program in fungicide control of...
December 12, 2003
Today's equipment is more sophisticated than that of 10 years ago and relies more heavily on electronics. This does not, however, mean it is harder to keep in service. In fact, today's equipment is more reliable and easier to keep in full production...
December 12, 2003
Looking for an irrigation system for your greenhouse requires finding a system that is cost effective, easy to use and right for you. The ITS Boom Irrigation System from Solaris, a division of McConkey Co., Sumner, Wash., offers the versatility...
December 12, 2003
Western flower thrips cause direct damage by feeding on foliage and flowers, and indirect damage by transmitting the tospoviruses tomato spotted wilt and impatiens necrotic spot virus. Both thrips and viruses have a broad host range. As a result,...
December 12, 2003
Last year we talked about the effects of the drought to the trials, but this year that isn't as big an issue. While some universities recorded high rainfall, others reported high temperatures and other factors. Here, in GPN's third annual trial...
December 12, 2003
Wow! It's almost Christmas! If you are a poinsettia grower or retailer, you should be finished shipping and almost finished selling, with only churches and special customers still remaining. Hopefully, the poinsettia-selling season was good for you...
December 12, 2003
Growers often consider tiarella cultivars prime candidates for their product mix for shady locations. After all, tiarellas provide interesting, deeply cut foliage with contrasting leaf patterns and extended bloom times, and they are easy to produce...
December 12, 2003
What makes the Sultan series so much better than other trailing snapdragons is its beautifully mounded habit that's literally covered with blooms, unlike most other trailing snapdragons, which have very few blooms near the crown. Growers will...
December 12, 2003
A number of inexpensive pen-like instruments are available that can be used in the greenhouse to determine growth medium pH and soluble salts. The cost of the individual pH and electrical conductivity (EC) "pens" ranges from $50-80, and a...
December 12, 2003
While visiting a Wisconsin greenhouse last week, I had an interesting conversation about financial management that started me thinking...who's really financing our industry? Who really owns the buildings we work in and the plants we produce? What...
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....