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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...
February 28, 2003
B-Nine and Cycocel tank mixes have been effectively used by growers for many years. However, there are still many growers who have not yet taken full advantage of this useful tool. The primary advantage of the B-Nine/Cycocel tank mix is that it...
February 28, 2003
Do you ever get caught unprepared? Are you ready to answer questions such as, "What do you have that's new and interesting in your offering?" "How will your products help me be more successful at the retail level?" "Can you match this price to keep...
February 28, 2003
Managing plant height, insects and mites, and the many diseases that affect greenhouse-grown bedding and potted plants are some of the many challenges that face today's growers. Most pest and plant growth problems are controlled by using a variety...
February 28, 2003
The National Poinsettia Trials, sponsored by the poinsettia breeders, were established to provide an independent evaluation of the many new cultivars being introduced. There are too many new cultivars for growers to adequately evaluate them all....
February 28, 2003
An immigrant from Luxembourg with a job growing vegetables and a hunger to do more is how Leider Greenhouses got its start. After more than a century of success, the Leider family supplies a number of major chain stores with plants every year in the...
February 28, 2003
Isn't it frustrating when you go to the store, and what you want is on the top shelf, which is nearly impossible to reach? You finally retrieve the product, and it turns out not to be what you wanted in the first place. You have to stretch to put it...
February 28, 2003
If not managed properly, algae will have a direct impact on the bottom line of your business. It takes more than chemicals to solve the problem. It takes an understanding of how algae develops, grows and spreads, and the chemical and non-chemical...
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