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April 18, 2003
Profit for any business can be calculated by the simple formula: profit = number of units sold x (sales price per unit - total costs per unit). All growers know how many units of a specific crop they sell at a given price. They also know the...
April 18, 2003
After a few days, not to mention how one feels at the end of a week or more, at the California Pack Trials, it's easy to become jaded about perfection. There are approximately 30 breeder/marketing companies holding open houses during the two-week...
April 18, 2003
The day the first seed was planted was the first day your business began to grow. Whether it is a first- or fifth-generation growing facility, business growth is the goal. Sure, for a short time production will increase with tighter aisles, closer...
March 21, 2003
Ralstonia Outbreak Several U.S. growers can now add a new disease to their repertoire: Ralstonia solanacearum biovar 3 race 2. One of the vascular, bacterial agents that causes southern bacterial wilt, R. solanacearum biovar 3 race 2 was recently...
March 21, 2003
The Double Wave series' spreading habit makes this petunia great for basket production and for mass planting in outdoor beds. Cousin to the popular Wave series, the Double Wave series shares many of the same characteristics. Long-day plants are...
March 21, 2003
In this column one year ago, March 2002, I reviewed the January 2002 Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing by Kmart, the largest retail bankruptcy in U.S. history. I reviewed what I believed were the causes leading to its financial demise and loss...
March 21, 2003
As we were putting together the March issue of GPN, the news came about an outbreak of Ralstonia solanacearum biovar 3 race 2 (southern bacterial wilt) on Americana geraniums (please see page 60 for more information). The first rumblings of trouble...
March 20, 2003
Supertunia® 'Red' and 'Giant Pink' 'Red' and 'Giant Pink' are much like the other Supertunia varieties that you grow and love. Red has large flowers and excellent rich red flowers while Giant Pink sets itself apart with very large flower size....
March 20, 2003
Poppelmann Plastics offers a full range of polypropylene thermoformed and injection-molded pots with printing on the pot surface. The pots come in a number of sizes and shapes, allowing the customer to choose which pot will work best in their...
March 18, 2003
Salvia 'Caradonna' is a unique cultivar of the reliable genus and species Salvia nemorosa. The violet-blue flowers are similar to other cultivars of this species except they are held on purple stems that provide an added element of texture....
March 18, 2003
Last month's article covered achieving a commitment through planning. Planning helps you understand your customers and fulfill their needs. In other words, you start to build relationships. At some point in the sales cycle, usually soon after the...
March 18, 2003
You probably know it as the best growing medium you can buy. Among its many benefits, sphagnum peat moss offers excellent water and air exchange capacity; provides ideal cation-exchange capacity; enhances root growth; provides excellent buffering...
March 18, 2003
On a bright, sunny summer day, a 30- x 100-foot greenhouse will gather about 32 million British Thermal Units (Btus) of heat. This is equivalent to burning 32 gallons of fuel oil or 320 therms of natural gas. If the greenhouse is full of plants,...
March 18, 2003
There is always considerable discussion over what poinsettia cultivars growers should produce and about which cultivars consumers prefer. The new cultivars and their success at retail have changed the industry's mindset of what a poinsettia should...
March 18, 2003
Poppy anemone, lily-of-the-field and windflower are names commonly used for plants and flowers of Anemone coronaria L. As the name poppy anemone suggests, the flowers are similar to poppies and come in various shades of white, red, scarlet, blue and...
March 18, 2003
As we complete more research on plant response to plant growth regulators (PGRs), it may be helpful to start looking for any commonalities in the responses by plants of the same genus or family. Using information from our own research or other...
March 18, 2003
In Columbus, Ohio, on February 21-23, The Ohio State University, the American Floral Endowment (AFE) and a group of national sponsors hosted the National Floriculture Forum (NFF). This event changes location and subject matter each year, and 2003...
March 18, 2003
There is much talk about how we as a society must stop cloning at all costs. Just think about what would happen if humans were to become like aphids. Sexual reproduction would no longer be necessary, and all females would be born pregnant. Well all...
March 18, 2003
This is the season when every grower starts worrying about how to control plant growth, whether plugs, bedding flats, pots or baskets. All growers should be doing whatever they can to control temperature, provide more light, reduce humidity,...
February 28, 2003
It's been such a long time since we've had a new plant growth regulator (PGR) in floriculture. Actually, flurprimidol, the active ingredient in the new SePRO product being labeled in the United States as Topflor, is not a new compound. In fact, Paul...