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August 22, 2003
"Can I use tank mixes?" This is a question I have heard from growers for more than 25 years, and I still do not have an answer that is backed up by facts and figures. Tank mixes were a common practice during my early experience with greenhouse...
August 22, 2003
Growing media can be a mixed bag, so it's important to keep an eye on your options. You never know when something new might burst on the scene or when something about your current growing media will change. For example, according to the Canadian...
August 21, 2003
Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' has great landscape appeal, with its silvery-gray, almost metallic looking, fronds. The delicate tri-color fronds have maroon midribs that intensify its landscape appeal. Despite the fragile appearance of the Japanese...
August 21, 2003
Over the past few years, we at the University of Connecticut have been cropping osteospermum as a novelty winter crop, and results have been good in both crop quality and customer acceptance and satisfaction. Since year-round cuttings are now widely...
August 21, 2003
I'm a student of retail, always have been. I truly enjoy watching new trends, formats, players and dynamics emerge, trying to understand what drives them and the reasons and rationales for their existence. By default, I study consumer behavior,...
August 21, 2003
If you had a great intern this summer -- one you think worthy of notice -- listen up. GPN and Nexus have the perfect way to reward that hard-working up-and-comer. Applications for the 5th Annual GPN/Nexus Intern Scholarship are being accepted now...
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...