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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....
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...