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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...
August 22, 2003
Supertunia® Petunia hybrida Supertunia®  is a long time favorite of growers and gardeners. They're virtually maintenance free and bloom continuously throughout the season. They have large blossoms that attract butterflies and...
August 22, 2003
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, natural gas prices will triple this winter. (For more information see Headlines in the August 2003 issue of GPN.) With the continuing unrest in the Middle East, propane and fuel oil will probably follow...
August 22, 2003
The Toto series was developed and introduced as an exceptionally short-growing black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). The short stature of 10-15 inches makes these plants an excellent choice for flowerbeds, interiorscapes and containers, with an...
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....