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April 18, 2003
Hemerocallis 'Little Missy' is a new diploid daylily that was recently introduced by DeVroomen Holland Garden Products. This cultivar reaches 2 feet tall, bearing beautiful, purple-red flowers with fine, white edges and a contrasting yellow throat....
April 18, 2003
Ageratum Artist(TM) Ageratum Artist(TM) is taller (10-12") than most seed ageratum. The two Artist "Blue" and "Purple" are also more uniform and flower more consistently than their seed counterparts. They are excellent in...
April 18, 2003
In just six years, Costa Color, a family-owned and operated production facility in Miami, Fla., has become one of the largest production facilities in the United States, with over 6,300,000 sq.ft. in year-round bedding plant and seasonal production...
April 18, 2003
The heat of the summer is right around the corner, and that means more energy is being used to keep your greenhouse cool. As you learned in Part I in the March issue of GPN, fan and pad systems are great for cooling, but there are more options:...
April 18, 2003
Intense breeding and selecting for the past 20 years by Dr. Lyndon Drewlow has resulted in vastly improved kalanchoes. With the Forever series, many of the production difficulties often associated with kalanchoes have been eliminated. No more time...
April 18, 2003
This article will focus on a system that can achieve significant cost savings for outdoor nursery stock. The system is designed to facilitate the transport, placing and spacing of nursery stock and is suitable for pots ranging in size from 1-5 gal....
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...