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July 08, 2004
Profitability in the greenhouse industry relies on high yields, innovative methods of production, new plant varieties, structural design, environmental controls, marketing, shipping and much more. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs play a key...
July 08, 2004
We are seeing rapid growth in the market for plants that can work in 41?2-inch to 1-gal. containers. In the industry’s quest for what’s new to be put in smaller containers, we sometimes overlook old favorites. An example is ivy geraniums; our...
July 08, 2004
It’s hard to believe it’s already time for Short Course again. I don’t know about you guys, but the spring has just slipped away from me, and I find myself quickly coasting through summer and already thinking about fall. Was Pack Trials really four...
July 08, 2004
The Elite Performer Trial by FloraStar is designed to determine those varieties that are the easiest and best in greenhouse production. The production trials are conducted at the University of Florida, and this is the first independent program to...
July 08, 2004
We are continuing with the Pack Trials coverage from last month, and there are some new and “second servings” releases I wanted to highlight in this issue. Most of these plants are quite unique, but as a group I think they offer some really great...
July 08, 2004
Midwest Growers React to Weather The recent weather conditions in the Midwest have affected many growers in the industry. Tornadoes, severe storms and flooding have affected sales across the area in several different ways. GPN did a little checking...
June 18, 2004
P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Collection Expands Armstrong Garden Centers, Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden Centers and Welby Gardens have joined The Flower Fields in offering P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Collection, bringing the total number of...
June 18, 2004
Media Myths Myth #1 — Garden editors are horticulturists. Most garden editors are or become gardeners, but the vast majority of them, especially in newspapers, are trained as journalists not horticulturists. They can write and edit and put together...
June 18, 2004
One of the biggest topics I have been discussing with my clients for the past few years is the subject of light. Not just light for plant growth, but how long and how much light is needed for timing the flowering of various crops. This subject is...
June 18, 2004
Some may find the trip to the lumberyard or home center to purchase pressure-treated lumber more difficult due to new standards and alternatives. Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), the standard material for treated lumber, has been withdrawn from the...
June 18, 2004
New plants, new trends, new looks for the garden. It’s that quest for “new” that motivates many consumers. Since “new” can often translate into profits, plant producers have joined the hunt, ever on the lookout for new and potentially profitable...
June 18, 2004
Garden mums have been grown and marketed for decades. Over the last decade, strides have been made in two main areas that affect garden mum production: new genetics and advanced cultural techniques. With some useful information provided by Yoder,...
June 18, 2004
Dianthus ‘Eastern Star’ bears numerous red-flowers with raisin-red centers above glaucous blue-green foliage. The flowers measure 1-inch across and have a velvety appearance, highlighted by subtle soft pink margins. It forms small compact mounds...
June 18, 2004
Growers are challenged to keep 4- and 5-inch annuals with trailing, spreading growth habits sufficiently compact. It is of great interest to growers to find plant growth regulators (PGR) that stimulate lateral bud development and branching and...
June 18, 2004
I wonder how many times an author has written a sentence of his own volition, while continuing to read about the issue and comes across the exact same words written by someone else long ago. That just happened to me, and it goes to show you how...
June 18, 2004
Most small companies, and especially small greenhouses, are unable to invest in a full-time human resources (HR) expert as part of their staff. And while it makes sense to allocate tight resources where they are most needed, HR does bring some real...
June 18, 2004
The 2004 Pack Trials was a great experience this year. A lot of fantastic plant material, some killer new plant materials and some companies that really hit their stride and made some big advances in trials and displays. There was a bit more...
June 18, 2004
Can you imagine anything more fun than riding around California with a busload of garden center owners during the beginning of their spring rush? We couldn’t either, so with a lot of planning, a little convincing and cell phones in every hand, Lawn...
June 18, 2004
The numbers are rising. People are investing more and more money and time in their gardens and backyards. According to The National Gardening Association, lawn and garden sales increased from $30.2 billion in 1998 to $38.4 billion in 2003, and just...
June 18, 2004
It’s Pack Trial time again. Hard to believe, but the breeders/marketers are already tempting us with their new offerings for next spring. So if you’re still feeling overwhelmed from sorting through spring 2004, we do have one positive sign from...
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