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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...
July 03, 2003
In the upper Midwest over Memorial Day weekend, a major home improvement chain ran an ad for 10-inch annual hanging baskets for $4.99. And the quality wasn't bad or much less than what was regularly available for $8.99; in fact, a lot of what I saw...
July 03, 2003
It's summer, and that means trade show season. Over the next few months, there will be trade shows in every region of the country, and they will all be full of the latest and greatest products for our industry. As we do every year, GPN has put...
July 03, 2003
National Garden Month has been deemed an unqualified success by its sponsors. More than 600 garden centers and 35 green group organizations participated in the month-long celebration. National Garden Month began in 1986 with a presidential...
July 03, 2003
Methyl bromide is an important part of ornamental production. The combination of methyl bromide and chloropicrin has long been used to control weeds, nematodes and plant pathogens like Pythium. The majority of this fumigant is used for strawberries...
July 03, 2003
The Lamiaceae (mint) family is a relatively small family, containing about 180 genera of herbs and shrubs, only about 68 of which are produced commercially. These cultivated genera include many of our culinary (Mentha, Ocimum, Origanum, Perilla,...
July 03, 2003
Scaevola is a well-known Australian native that thrives in gardens throughout North America from spring to fall, even during the worst heat of summer. The Fan Series (Scaevola aemula) consists of four cultivars in four different colors: Purple Fan,...
July 03, 2003
Now that the 2003 spring season is behind us, it's time to recap problem areas. Working with my clients and traveling around the United States giving talks, I can narrow down the number of areas that need work to five. There are obviously more...
July 02, 2003
Hardy hibiscus is an old-time garden favorite riding a new wave of popularity. Hibiscus moscheutos is a marshland native of the eastern United States and has hardiness in USDA Zones 4-9. With new developments in plant breeding, today's hibiscus...
July 02, 2003
In this second article on new crops displayed at Pack Trials 2003, I wanted to hit a few seed crops and a few oddball crops, as well as focus on two new groups of plants that have recently emerged and deserve some attention. So this article will...
June 12, 2003
Vegetative annuals are excellent niche plants for spring, summer and fall production. The wide spectrum of available colors and plant forms has contributed greatly to their success. While these plants are "hot" with consumers, sometimes growers may...
June 12, 2003
Pack trials this year seemed a lot like our national outlook: cautious and playing to its strengths. There was a lot of wonderful material, but it was toned down a bit from last year. There seemed to be more improvements on existing series, and...
June 12, 2003
I know it's difficult for you to imagine being in consumers' shoes as they wander through the garden center, but just try it -- try seeing things through their eyes: "I like the color of that plant ...I wonder what it is...it would look really great...
June 12, 2003
Veronica 'Royal Candles' is a clump-forming, bushy cultivar often utilized in rock gardens, as a border plant or in containers. This cultivar has many distinguishing characteristics such as a compact growth habit, reaching only 10-12 inches tall;...
June 12, 2003
The TTA PackPlanter, recently brought to market by Bouldin & Lawson, is a small, economical and versatile transplanter. The machine design combines the features of a high-speed production transplanter with an entry-level price point. On-the-fly...
June 12, 2003
Can you imagine a 17-acre greenhouse range that produces multiple varieties of bedding plants and has all-material movement into and out of the greenhouse done by one person? Can you imagine having transplanting integrated with material movement?...
June 12, 2003
Osmosis is the passing of a liquid through a membrane from a lesser concentration to a greater concentration. Eventually, both liquids would be of equal concentrations. Figure 1, page 48, demonstrates how this reaction takes place. A good example of...
June 12, 2003
'Babylon® Deep Pink' has been added to the great lineup of Babylon varieties. This dark pink variety expands the color range while matching the habit of the current varieties. This early-flowering Verbena series is a favorite in hanging baskets,...
June 12, 2003
Now that another spring season is winding down, it's time to review the major growing problems. From working with growers of all sizes, I think the number one problem this year was combinations. Combinations of all types sell well in independent...
June 12, 2003
The benefits of using composts as soil amendments have been well documented. Composted biosolids (BS), municipal solid waste (MSW) and yard trimmings (YT), when appropriately applied to soil, have been shown to improve vegetable, fruit and field...
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