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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...
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...
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