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January 10, 2013
When it comes to lighting, the future is upon us. High-powered LED products, once the exclusive province of cutting-edge research, are invigorating today’s commercial greenhouse market. Your new choices, ranging from shelf lights and growth bulbs to...
January 10, 2013
Imagine cloning your most experienced, efficient  employees to get hundreds, or even thousands, of additional workers in your greenhouses who toil to improve the quality of your poinsettia (and other) crops and who never show up on your payroll...
January 10, 2013
As a double major in horticulture and professional writing, Lauren Tuski knew she wanted to eventually complete an internship that would utilize her unique combination of skills. After spending the past summer as a marketing intern for C. Raker and...
January 10, 2013
Each year, GPN and Nexus recognize one outstanding college student who has participated in a horticulutre-related internship program. In “A Bright Future” (page 14), you can read about this year’s student  intern — Lauren Tuski. Currently a...
December 07, 2012
In the past several years, growers have tightly sealed their greenhouses to reduce heat losses and save on fuel costs, but the consequence can be slower plant growth. If crops develop roots slowly, if shoot growth is retarded, or if plants don’t use...
December 06, 2012
Calliope is an “interspecific hybrid” series, developed by crossing normal zonal (upright) geraniums with ivy geraniums. Well-grown Calliope baskets and containers have excellent sell-through at retail because of their controlled mounding habit,...
December 06, 2012
As Roberto Lopez helped more and more growers working to better understand and manage light in their greenhouses, a light bulb came on: There had to be an easier way.Working with graduate student Christopher Currey, Lopez, an associate professor and...
December 06, 2012
Many growers seek spring flowering perennials with attractive foliage characteristics. Erysimum ‘Fragrant Star’ is an exciting stable variegated spring blooming wallflower, destined to earn a place in many perennial programs. ‘Fragrant Star’ is easy...
December 06, 2012
I have been working on ornamental diseases caused by bacteria for more than 30 years.  This started with diseases of foliage plants at the University of Florida in the 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, the only effective choices were...
December 06, 2012
Penny Goff, general manager and co-owner of Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse in Red House, W. Va., says all of the greenhouse vegetable growers she knows who grow hydroponically use some type of substrate.   “Hydroponics to me means growing with water...
December 06, 2012
Over the past few years Plug Connection has become more focused on vegetative varieties. Our Spring Trials display is known for being the only large-scale objective, side-by-side comparison trial in the industry. I hear from sales reps and growers...
December 06, 2012
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December 06, 2012
As 2012 comes to a close, I’m sure many of you are asking yourselves, “What happened to this year?” or more likely, “What happened this year?” A two-letter word can make a big difference in a sentence. For many reasons, 2012 seems to have been a...
November 13, 2012
Welby Gardens — now in its 64th year of business — has become a venerable one-stop shop for its various customers. But it hasn’t always been that way. What began in 1948 as a small produce farm of 1,500 square feet has grown to be a 23-acre...
November 13, 2012
While I am not a soldier, and have therefore never been in combat, I often use images and metaphors as a tool to make sense out of things, and “battle” and “war” often seem to relate to business. I asked a friend of mine who is in another industry...
November 13, 2012
As a frequent traveler, I am always amazed at the sundry of experiences that air travel offers. I see examples of incredibly poor service and I see examples of outstanding service; the former more so than the latter, unfortunately. I have found that...
November 13, 2012
In a few short weeks 2012 will be in the books and if you are like me you will step back and ask yourself questions like “what happened to this year” or “where did the time go?” You might even make a statement like “I did not get near as much...
November 12, 2012
The plant growth retardant Sumagic (Valent USA) contains the active ingredient uniconazole and is the only plant growth retardant registered for use as a foliar spray on young tomato, pepper, eggplant, groundcherry, pepino and tomatillo plants. The...
November 12, 2012
Over the last couple of decades, rudbeckia has been one of the most recognizable and widely grown perennials. Since the Perennial Plant Association selected rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ as the Plant of the Year in 1999, ‘Goldsturm’ has been the standard of...
November 12, 2012
With record-breaking hot summers, Red Fox portulaca Cupcakes are a perfect choice. They do more than simply tolerate heat and drought, they seem to thrive in hot temperatures. In trials in southern states like Texas and North Carolina, both of which...