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February 28, 2003
This is the time of year when I am finishing up a lot of training seminars for my grower clients. I conduct in-house seminars and training sessions on a number of growing topics about which the growers want more information. We get a chance to work...
February 28, 2003
Tango geraniums are characterized by their attractive dark foliage, very good branching and compact-medium vigor. Like most zonal geraniums, they are easy to grow if growers pay attention to the critical details of production. These include...
February 27, 2003
January is the month of the TPIE (Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition) conference and trade show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This is a major exposition for tropical foliage and color and a great place to see not only what is being produced in the South...
February 27, 2003
There are some operations that cannot be totally automated -- at least not yet. The human mind and hand are a remarkable combination, and together, they make some tasks that have stumped mechanical equipment seem relatively simple. The process of...
February 27, 2003
Six months ago, when GPN ran a 3-part series on water conservation, I had no idea it would lead to Salt Lake City, Utah. But here I am, sitting in a cozy hotel room, watching the Raiders take a beating and waiting for tomorrow's start of the Utah...
February 14, 2003
Brunnera 'Jack Frost' is a new cultivar of Siberian bugloss discovered at Walters Gardens in Zeeland, Mich. This cultivar was the winner of the Plantarium "Best New Plant Award in 2001." Its most distinguishing characteristic is its frosty silver...
January 28, 2003
Recently, I purchased a book, 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells (1997, Algonquin Books). This book goes into the history of the flower and how it was discovered, named, used and popularized. What I found interesting was how...
January 28, 2003
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are commonly applied to container-grown plants to control stem elongation and produce high-quality, compact plants. Flurprimidol was a molecule discovered more than 20 years ago by Eli Lily and Company. It was...
January 28, 2003
What is the next big area of the wholesale growing business that, when improved, will increase profit? You meet all of the discounted early-order deadlines. All of your available space, and then some, is full of product as often as possible. You...
January 28, 2003
Slippery! Slimy! Creepy things, yuck! This pretty much describes the general opinion of what a slug or snail is. These pests fall under the general responsibility of entomologists when it comes to who has to deal with calls and questions concerning...
January 28, 2003
Ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus L.), with the common name Persian buttercup, has primarily been produced as a field-grown cut flower, thanks to extensive breeding work in England during the 19th century that resulted in more than 500 varieties....
January 28, 2003
Getting an early start on spring sales is critical to growers around the United States. The problem is finding plant material that can be grown under cool conditions, will flower under early spring short-day photoperiod, and has some tolerance of...
January 28, 2003
Jennifer Browne just graduated from Cornell University's horticulture program. The chances that she'll land the job that she wants are high, because Browne has something to offer that sets her apart from other potential entry-level job candidates....
January 28, 2003
Industry leaders offer their preductions for 2003. Jim Barrett, Professor University of Florida, Gainesville Fla. When Bridget sent the E-mail requesting an Industry Forecast for 2003, my first response was: "Mostly cloudy, patchy sun and a high...
January 28, 2003
As Proven Winners® introduces new varieties it is important to help you understand a little more about each of the new products. This will begin a series of tips that will offer helpful hints to have even greater success with our new varieties...
January 28, 2003
Weeds compete for water, nutrients and light, resulting in reduced flower yield and increased threat of serious insect and disease problems. A successful weed management program utilizes cultural practices such as cultivation and mulching, or a...
January 28, 2003
Dianthus 'Bouquet Purple' has been produced as a bedding plant or cut flower for a few years, and it is still underutilized as a perennial crop. Bouquet Purple has many desirable perennial characteristics such as: quick finishing time from plugs,...
January 28, 2003
A conspicuous highlight of the mid-summer border, paniculata-type phlox are usually identified by their large clusters of brightly colored, often fragrant, disc-shaped flowers. Rarely does a new introduction come along that changes the established...
January 28, 2003
Only recently have I adopted the tradition of setting resolutions. But I really like it. Resolutions not only set a tone for the year to come, but they also help establish a starting point -- this is where it begins; this is the new year. It's like...
January 28, 2003
The Ovaltech III from Harnois is low-maintenance, easy to erect, covered in polycarbonate film and includes a number of other features that lead to higher-quality plants. The Ovaltech III is the newest in the Ovaltech series. It was introduced in...
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