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August 10, 2004
In the past decade, the perennial industry has become a significant segment of floriculture crop production. Similar to vegetative annuals, new cultivars of perennials are released every year, many of which are propagated by cuttings. In most cases...
August 10, 2004
For over five centuries gardeners and landscapers have been utilizing campanula species to accent their gardens. With more than 300 species in the genus campanula, a number of forms and textures are available for gardeners to incorporate into today’...
August 10, 2004
Are you ready for another twist to growth regulator applications for poinsettias? Many growers become very structured and resistant to change when it comes to how to grow poinsettias. Poinsettias are such a big crop with a long crop time and many...
August 10, 2004
The nursery industry has experienced significant change over the last 15 years, partly fueled by changes in retailer strategies and practices. The driving forces of change lie in three related areas. First, some individual firms, both at retail and...
August 10, 2004
Orchids are often described as the most beautiful flowers in the world. While most orchids are found in the tropics, they are distributed worldwide and can be found on every single continent except Antarctica. Though orchid cultivation dates back...
August 10, 2004
About 95 percent of the time, water will solve heat issues, and in the greenhouse it is no different. American Coolair used this theory when designing its PVC Evaporative Cooling System, which has been around for years. Not long ago it introduced...
August 10, 2004
Cultivating plants without soil, the accepted definition of hydroponics, continues to gain popularity within commercial horticulture, and as it does, more and more products are developed for it. More sophisticated lighting, easier to mix nutrients...
August 10, 2004
This crop was mentioned in last year’s Pack Trials coverage, and since then, we have done some work on its production. The genus phygelius is a wonderful group of somewhat fuchsia-like plants that come from South Africa and belong to the...
August 10, 2004
Suntory Goes Unrooted The Suntory Collection, marketed in the United States by Jackson & Perkins Wholesale, Inc. (JPW), will now be offering unrooted cuttings to eight select brokers. The cuttings will come from Plant Source International in...
August 10, 2004
Understanding the Consumer: Is Floriculture Relevant? was the topic of the week at the recent Seeley Conference conducted at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. This conference is an industry think tank, drawing in leaders from all aspects of our...
August 10, 2004
Late last month, I stopped by my local grower/retailer/florist to pick up some flowers for my desk and a new foliage plant for a dark corner of my apartment. As usual, I ended up with more than I was shopping for and left with three beautiful...
August 10, 2004
Insecticides and miticides are used by greenhouse producers to control many of the major arthropod pests. Western flower thrips (WFT) is one of the most important insect pests in greenhouses because it directly damages plant leaves and flowers. In...
July 08, 2004
Zinnia Widely known for disease resistance and garden performance, the All-America Selection Gold Medal-winning zinnia Profusion series has become an extremely popular variety in the United States. Now, there are two new colors in the series: ‘...
July 08, 2004
Over the past decade, retractable shade curtains have become a regular feature of new greenhouse construction. The obvious benefit is that retractable curtains provide higher light levels during times of low light intensity (e.g., mornings, late...
July 08, 2004
Profitable production of pansies is dependent upon the knowledge and control of production costs. Growers who understand production costs will be better prepared to make decisions on the optimal number of plants to produce and price to establish....
July 08, 2004
For the last several years, hostas have been the top-selling perennial throughout North America and are a significant part of today’s landscapes. Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ is an eye-catching variety whose immense chartreuse-green leaves have caught...
July 08, 2004
Before breeders start a new breeding program they evaluate what should be improved over existing varieties first. They select their breeding goals, and besides excellent garden performance and brilliant colors, they are probably focusing on fast-...
July 08, 2004
Now that the spring season is behind everyone, it’s time to look back at how well you were able to grow vegetative annuals. I know I have written about growth control of these plants before, but I think this is a good time to reiterate what was...
July 08, 2004
This past May I had the delightful experience of working in a couple of local garden centers helping customers find what they wanted. I try to do this every year, just volunteering my time (in exchange for some plants), and finding out what people...
July 08, 2004
This is the season for celebrations…weddings and graduations, the end of one stage of life and the beginning of another. It’s a season of celebrating the accomplishments that one had to endure and achieve to get them to that transition point and...
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