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October 03, 2003
I usually only make it out to California once a year for the California Pack Trials, but the extra trip I'm currently on (yes, I am writing this from the shade of a palm tree at the Ecke Ranch on a beautiful Southern California day) has me thinking...
October 03, 2003
Robusta answers the call for full, colorful crops adaptable for both home and garden with larger leaves and huge flowers, which will satisfy the needs of floral buyers in addition to stimulating impulse sales at retail. Robusta's strong and full-...
October 03, 2003
Since we are now in the prime season for purchasing automation equipment, it is time to address some of the concerns growers have about plunging into automation. Since we are now in the prime season for purchasing automation equipment, I thought I...
October 03, 2003
Well, this is it -- the last of the Successful Sales series. Over the course of this series, the previous articles brought you to the point of gaining an agreement from your customer to purchase your products. By now, you should almost be a master...
October 03, 2003
Although it's definitely the plant that counts in the end, you can't deny the effects of container size. It can control your plant's growth in order to meet a specific consumer demand, capitalize on space in order to ameliorate shipping cost, and...
October 03, 2003
Watering and fertilizing are two tasks that take the most amount of time in your greenhouse, and fertilizing is also one of the most important. You want to get the job done quickly and accurately, meaning you want an injector that is easy to install...
October 03, 2003
Okay, not to belabor the obvious, but it wasn't the greatest spring we've ever experienced. Too hot too early, colder than normal and too much rain. (I know we needed to overcome multi-year drought in many parts of the country, but did we need to...
October 03, 2003
Last month, we covered the results of most of our focus crops for the University of Florida spring/summer 2003 trials. However, there were so many great new plants as single entries in the trials that I really felt we needed to cover them in a...
October 03, 2003
It's October already, with the fall season well underway all over the United States. Most people are tired of raking leaves but willing to decorate for Halloween. Football season is almost halfway over, and the kids are already tired of school. Well...
October 03, 2003
A sport of Hedera helix'Merion Beauty' isolated in New Jersey in 1976, 'Duck Foot' gets its name from its small, 1-inch, three-lobed leaves that resemble the foot of a duck. Its free-branching habit allows it to fill in quickly, whether grown in...
October 03, 2003
Siebring Manufacturing's, George, Iowa, line of Mist 'R Drench Sprayers--one of three lines of sprayers offered by Siebring--is highly maneuverable and features constant agitation for wettable powders in the tank. The sprayers are built to serve a...
October 03, 2003
The impact of fungus gnat larvae on greenhouse crops has been difficult to assess since feeding damage occurs on the root system within the potting medium. The larvae feed on fungi and organic matter in the media, in addition to feeding on healthy...
October 03, 2003
Next spring gardeners will be saying, "I saw it in Country Living Gardener." An exciting new program has been created by the editors of Country Living Gardener called "Editor's Choice." This program features just six plants, and all of them are...
August 27, 2003
Oh no, you're probably thinking, not another column about customer service! We see them everywhere. Give us a break here, please! No. I can't do it. I've got to have my say. Fortunately for you, though, I mostly just want to relate what happened to...
August 27, 2003
This automated system allows a grower to know where every plant, flat or bench is located on this grid and to quickly access product using grid-based automation. This is very important to growers who produce a large number of varieties and are...
August 27, 2003
ANLA Retreat The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) Convention & Executive Learning Retreat in Boston was home to many special events: the retreat; a number of tours; a clambake; an announcement of the new and continuing Board...
August 27, 2003
Flying Colors diascia is early to bloom and longer lasting in the summer garden than other diascias. Rooted liners planted January-March will finish in 5-7 weeks for 4-inch pot (one plant per pot) and 10-12 weeks for 8- to 10-inch pots (three plants...
August 25, 2003
Let's quickly cover the important steps that have led to this key point in the sales contact situation: This specific interaction with the customer began with the establishment of a plan to reach an agreement. Recall that this agreement engages the...
August 22, 2003
Now that the kids are back in school, the fall season is upon us. That means producing and selling mums, pansies, perennials and other fall crops. Oh, and by the way, you can't forget about growing your poinsettias! For some of you (the smart ones...
August 22, 2003
Well it's finally feeling like a normal Florida summer, with a half inch of rain every afternoon and temperature and humidity at around 90. Since we had a relatively dry summer, a lot of plants that traditionally give up the ghost in June have...