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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...
June 12, 2003
Scientists have recently discovered that orchids are members of the asparagus family. According to the researchers, the find is a breakthrough in modern plant genetics. What does that mean for orchids; are we supposed to chop them up and serve them...
June 10, 2003
As this month's cover shows, we have another Marketing Innovation Award winner. And while there was an unusually large pool of quality programs under consideration, the GPN/MasterTag judges agreed that the Novalis Group's "Plants That Work" was the...
June 10, 2003
Oh boy, where do we start? We spent six long days traveling the coast of California, from south to north, for this year's Pack Trials. As you have probably heard before, so much to see in so little time. If you were there, you might have missed...
June 10, 2003
New Guinea impatiens burst onto the gardening scene 30 years ago and already have become etched in the gardener's mind as the perfect shade plants. Now comes Infinity, a new series from renowned breeder Ludwig Kientzler. The Kientzler name has been...
June 10, 2003
Darwin Plants Offers New Marketing Program Darwin Plants introduces a new branding and marketing program, Distinctly-Different, for new and unusual perennials. Special pot tags, bencher talkers/cards and posters will be provided to promote the...
May 13, 2003
May is the busiest month of the year for most growers in the United States, as well as most garden centers. In fact, the spring season is epitomized by the long hours growers put in during May trying to get all of the crops ready for shipping and...
May 09, 2003
How do you know if you're making the best decisions for your company? I mean really know -- long-term, big-success know. I found myself dissecting this seemingly simple question while reading recent reports from the retail front. After emerging from...
May 09, 2003
Calceolaria Pita Petit offers bold, distinctive colors on plants that perform best in cool conditions. With color offerings in the red, yellow and orange range, Pita Petit is a great fall alternative to pansies. (Look for more fall alternatives on...
May 08, 2003
The Type NBF fan from American Coolair is a durable, low-maintenance, cost-effective greenhouse ventilation system. Produced since 1985, the NBF fan has been perfected to provide consumers with years of heavy-duty and trouble-free service. This...
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