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January 25, 2005
After attending the Hardlines Technology Forum in April 2004, I realized that a major restructuring of the behind-the-scenes processes used by mass market retailers was already well underway, but I didn’t know how quickly it would happen. When we...
January 25, 2005
With its robust evergreen foliage and impressive late winter to early spring blooming display helleborus has caught interest from gardeners, landscapers and perennial enthusiasts everywhere. It has gained such popularity that the members of the...
January 25, 2005
An under-used and high-margin crop, calla lilies, make a great addition to any pot plant program. Recent breeding has created varieties that are disease resistant and friendlier to smaller formats. Last year’s new introductions from Golden State...
January 25, 2005
An internship can teach students more than how to stick cuttings, irrigate and load trucks. Before starting a new project — one that you’ve never done before — isn’t it nice to have a little background information or maybe even some experience in a...
December 17, 2004
The rumors over the past 18 months or so about a major retailer implementing pay-by-scan on a chainwide basis have been running rampant. Having seen the agenda for a November meeting scheduled by Home Depot with the marketing and finance decision...
December 17, 2004
For most companies the never-ending struggle to manage and decrease expenses is at the top of the list of business challenges. We all suspect that today’s complex utility tariffs and billing structures translate into errors on our utility bills,...
December 16, 2004
With greenhouses about to gear up for spring again, the appearance of the center spike mixed container is inevitable. Dracaena spikes are a cheap, easy height components, and there does seem to be a market for this product. Personally, though, I...
December 16, 2004
Another year, another trial — here, in GPN’s fourth annual trial report, is the latest and greatest of varieties chosen by leading trial managers. Colorado State University In 2004 all the flowers were at the Annual Flower Trial Garden, located at...
December 16, 2004
Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot’ is the first F1 hybrid on the market and offers many desirable characteristics to growers and consumers alike. Growers will appreciate its high germination rate, uniform growth and more reliable first-year flowering....
December 16, 2004
Spring cactus, also called Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis or Hatiora), appears similar to Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera truncata and S. x buckleyi), except spring cacti have radially symmetrical flowers that are typically open wider...
December 16, 2004
Companion plants and mixed containers at the holidays? Well, why not? We are expending so much energy as an industry diversifying all the spring crops; how much sense does it make to keep cycling down to a monoculture for the holidays? Consumers...
December 16, 2004
A variety of commercially prepared potting mixes are available for today’s commercial growers. Selecting the formulation that performs best for your particular situation can be a difficult task, unless you know the specific needs of the crop, your...
December 16, 2004
Nematodes are some of the most numerous multi-cellular animals on earth. They exist in a vast array of ecologic relationships and may be found in almost every kind of ecologic niche available, from the arctic to deserts or the depths of the oceans....
December 16, 2004
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of the people who work for you were as committed to your business as you are? The reality is if they were that committed they would probably have a business of their own. However, there are exceptions, and if you have...
November 11, 2004
When it comes to the subject of branding, our industry has mostly been focusing on the brands that the breeder/marketers have created. What about the other branding programs that are not as well known nationally but are known in local and regional...
November 11, 2004
On October 8, the USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine division announced the presence of Ralstonia solanacerarum race 3 biovar 2 in a Quincy, Fla. greenhouse, and the industry collectively held its breath. Not again, we all thought. The last...
November 11, 2004
My wife keeps telling me I should stop playing softball. She says I’m getting old. My answer, “And?” I went to play anyway, like any good warrior would and ran into an opponent I used to play against when I was…younger. We briefly reacquainted...
November 11, 2004
In my 18 years of working with plant growth regulators (PGRs), I have never had a more active research year; we have worked with more potential PGR products this year than ever before and are also seeing a lot of interest in applying old chemistries...
November 11, 2004
I started working on fungicide efficacy about 25 years ago at the University of Florida research center in Apopka, Fla. At that time, the experimental products under investigation included fosetyl aluminum (Aliette 80WDG, Bayer Environmental...
November 11, 2004
This is one of the great moments in time when a renowned but limited perennial flower has the roof blown off of its genetic potential. The advances in echinacea breeding we will be seeing emerge on the market in the next few years are some of the...