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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...
July 10, 2003
FloraStar, in cooperation with the University of Florida, has selected the winners of the first FloraStar Elite Performer trials that are designed to evaluate how well a variety performs for the grower. The program will focus on vegetative annuals,...
July 10, 2003
Boy, is it hot in the greenhouse today! Must be July or August, the two worst months to be in the greenhouse business. I think most all growers hate these months, unless they are on vacation, in which case they hate to return. Spring season is over...
July 10, 2003
You saw the best of the best in vegetative varieties in the June issue of GPN. Now it's time to see the best of the best in seed varieties. The seed varieties tell a different story than vegetative as to what was introduced. This year, there were...
July 10, 2003
The following report of diascia and nemesia trials conducted at the University of Florida trial gardens in Gainesville, Fla., was conducted in the winter of 2002. Gainesville is in USDA Zone 8b and is part of an ongoing research program to evaluate...
July 10, 2003
'Vanilla Butterfly' Argyranthemum frutescens For years the most popular Argyranthemum available has been Proven Winners' bright yellow Butterfly with its large flowers, vigorous habit and excellent heat tolerance. It is often the only Argyranthemum...
July 10, 2003
Have you noticed how popular calibrachoas have become? It is an interesting crop. They can either look very nice or very straggly. The flowers are small, and unless there are lots of them, the plant does not give much of a show. In terms of...
July 10, 2003
Upon receiving this issue of GPN, many of you will be preparing to attend the OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio (if you're there, stop by our booth #1517 to say hello). For many, the Short Course is the must-attend trade show of the year. Growers...
July 10, 2003
Bare root perennials are dormant plants with the soil removed from the roots. They are typically field grown for a period of time, usually one year, and harvested. Once the plants are dug, the tops are trimmed down to approximately 1 inch from the...