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February 23, 2004
This is a list and description of the best cultivars in the 2003 National Poinsettia Cultivar Trials. Characteristics used to select these included appearance, growth habit and consumer evaluations. Additionally, we considered whether or not the...
February 23, 2004
Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’ is a stoloniferous perennial groundcover with deeply bronzed, beautifully scalloped leaves. Cultivars of ajuga belong to the mint family (Lamiaceae), which includes many commercially grown perennials and herbs including...
February 23, 2004
I subscribe to an unbelievable number of trade magazines. My best estimate is that I receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 trade magazines every month — not including the state and regional publications — that span every kind of subject...
February 20, 2004
Hopefully, one of your resolutions is to stay abreast of the happenings within the industry. There’s no better way to stay on top of the new varieties than to visit the California Pack Trials. This year, the Trials are beginning a little earlier,...
January 23, 2004
Oh, if only we each had a crystal ball. We could see into the future and be prepared for those late-coming springs or the newest product trend or the economy's ups and downs. It would make life a little boring, but our financials would look a lot...
January 23, 2004
GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship winner, Emily Stefanski, a senior at Michigan State University (MSU), participates in so many organizations and activities, it's hard to believe she has time for classes. Even with all of her activities,...
January 22, 2004
Wow! A new year. I know many people think it's cheesy, but I like to use the occasion of changing my calendar to reflect on what the previous year brought and anticipate what the coming year might bring. And like the typical optimist in our industry...
January 22, 2004
We talked about succulents last month, and these crops are two groups there wasn't space for in that column. With all the emphasis on low water use and the constant demand for color, these two crops should be a mainstay for growers. Incorporating...
January 22, 2004
Well, the new year has come and gone, and now it's time to get to work on the new spring season. Growers in warmer climates are already growing and selling bedding plants, while most growers in colder climates are sowing plugs, planting geraniums...
January 22, 2004
Workstations are used for seeding, transplanting, potting, taking cuttings and preparing plants or vegetables for shipping. For the most part, these are areas where employees do repetitive tasks. Having everything needed within arm's reach and...
January 22, 2004
Val-Co Environmental & Greenhouse Systems, Bird-In-Hand, Pa., kept durability in mind when manufacturing the Better Bench System. The Better Bench, greenhouse/garden center bench is cost effective and has a high weight to square foot ratio, yet...
January 22, 2004
Last month's article laid some foundation on the basics of branding. In that article, we defined branding, compared it to product promotions and outlined some key elements of what works and what doesn't when branding plants. This month, we dive...
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,...