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August 18, 2003
p class=MsoNormal>Since 1961, the American Floral Endowment (AFE) has invested $11 million in scientific research and educational programs. The Special Reports are a result of Endowment-funded scientific research projects at universities throughout...
August 08, 2003
Previous articles in this series have discussed the steps that make up the initial phases of the sales process. They have explained the sales theory of planning the commitment you will ask of your customer; developing a relationship with the...
August 08, 2003
All of you know whether or not your business is making money. But do you know which individual crops are making money and which ones are losing money? Or more optimistically, if you are making money on everything, do you know which crops make the...
August 08, 2003
My previous article (June 2003 GPN) described a new piece of automation recently put into operation: the XY system. The specific growing range I described as an example was a new 17-acre facility, and the XY system enables all movement of material...
August 08, 2003
In our never-ending search for new cuts, we have been working with three species that have great potential for cool temperature greenhouses. Linaria Lace produces tall open spikes of small rose, violet, white or yellow snapdragon-like flowers....
August 08, 2003
Unrooted cuttings, from domestic or offshore suppliers, are a standard product form for annuals and herbs. Now, perennial growers are using that same strategy. Unrooted perennials are a hot topic, generating a lot of buzz at trade shows and...
August 08, 2003
A number of new and innovative methods of applying plant growth regulators (PGRs) have gained EPA approval in recent years. PGRs may be applied by "sprench" (combination of spray and drench applied as a high volume, low concentration spray to the...
August 08, 2003
With the hectic spring season behind us and the summer doldrums well established, it's the perfect time to assess your business and life. Now, you may want to talk only about your business at this time, but I think the two are interwoven and need to...
August 08, 2003
The Avalanche series was the first trailing seed petunia to be manageable on the bench, flower under short days and require less PGR applications. Further, an unparalleled color range including two reds was, and still is, the crowning jewel to this...
August 08, 2003
Is it possible for vegetative annuals to be grown cool and sold in early spring, taking advantage of space availability prior to peak sales periods such as Mother's Day? When produced cool, these crops are prepared for the less-than-optimum...
August 08, 2003
Good employees are hard to find, or rather, hard-working, knowledgeable employees are hard to find. When you do find them and hire them, you want to reward them. While an intern may not be a permanent employee, they typically work hard because this...
August 08, 2003
The biological control process sparks many questions. First, what is biological control of plant disease? It is the involvement of the use of beneficial microorganisms, such as specialized fungi and bacteria, to attack and control plant pathogens...
August 08, 2003
Two years ago, our industry was hit with the worst energy crisis in recent memory. Growers counted themselves among the lucky if their bills only doubled or tripled and knew they were blessed if their retail outlet agreed to a non-recurring fuel...
August 08, 2003
Sunsatia(TM) Nemesia hybrid A breeding breakthrough in Germany led to this fantastic and totally unique new series. The plants are mounded and then cascade over the edge of the pot or basket. They flower in complete abandon often so covered in...
August 08, 2003
Ah, spring -- birds chirping, light breezes blowing, the smell of fresh cut grass; actually it's more like, tight orders, unpredictable weather, customer service, price increases. Spring brings out the best and worst of our industry, and GPN found...
August 08, 2003
Having just finished a great group of educational programs at the Southeast Greenhouse Conference, I feel obligated to focus on a group of crops that are often misunderstood and sadly shy of production information. Herbs offer most growers a huge...
August 08, 2003
From June to September, Clematis 'Inspiration' bears dark pink flowers accented by yellow stamens on strong stems that have shown a remarkable vase life of up to three weeks. This compact, half-climbing variety reaches 3-5 feet high and is hardy in...
August 08, 2003
America in Bloom (AIB) -- the name brings to mind flowers, parks, the great outdoors, our country. It's simple -- "Planting pride in our communities" is the main goal. AIB is organized by the floriculture industry through OFA. The program...
August 07, 2003
The Avalanche series was the first trailing seed petunia to be manageable on the bench, flower under short days and require less PGR applications. Further, an unparalleled color range including two reds was, and still is, the crowning jewel to this...
July 10, 2003
Fuel prices continue to fluctuate, causing heartburn and headaches for growers as they receive their monthly fuel bills during periods of cold weather. When fuel costs are high, some growers in cold climates (such as the Northern United States) have...