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January 28, 2003
One year, three million dollars and 10 full runs later, Plantpeddler in Cresco, Iowa, is growing as fast as you can say "more acreage." Mike and Rachel Gooder opened the doors to their new facility, Plantpeddler Young Plants, on January 10, 2002. So...
December 31, 2002
If you're a regular reader of The New York Times, you may have had the misfortune of coming across an article entitled "Bigger Bar Code Inches Up on Retailers" this past August. This work of fear-inciting adjectives and general misinformation...
December 31, 2002
Leucanthemum 'Becky' is quickly becoming one of the most common varieties of Shasta daisy in commercial production today. This cultivar has many distinguishing characteristics, such as shiny, deep-green leaves that hold up well in heat and humidity...
December 31, 2002
Plant nutrient management requires a thorough understanding of the relationships between irrigation practices, fertilization programs and root medium selection. Everything is connected. Even a minor change in any of these cultural practices impacts...
December 31, 2002
Tulip forcing in 2002 has been difficult. In many greenhouses, tulip crops were uneven and, overall, very short. Upon flowering, many pots had one or more stems with blind shoots, where the bud may have been aborted at a relatively late stage (...
December 31, 2002
'Dapper' dahlia is one of the newest dwarf series on the market, with six colors. Dapper features small, semi-double, 2-inch blooms; dark green foliage; and a uniform habit. The Dapper colors are consistent across varieties ? from Bronze through...
December 31, 2002
Somewhere between the explosion of the foliage industry in the 70s and the changing of the interiorscape market, many of us lost touch with what was happening in the world of foliage. I have recently been working on renovating our conservatory/...
December 31, 2002
The first place to automate should be one that is highly repetitive, employs multiple laborers, requires substantial time and/or introduces variability. For many growers, this translates into a replugging line. Many growers question whether or not...
December 31, 2002
If you are retailer of Proven Winners® products, you are invited to participate in their third national television campaign airing in Spring 2003 on The Weather Channel®. Amazingly, The Weather Channel reaches a high concentration of outdoor...
December 31, 2002
Downy mildews have gained a strong foothold in the horticultural industry throughout the United States and Canada over the past few years. During the fall-winter of 2002, we experienced a severe outbreak of pansy downy mildew across the United...
December 31, 2002
Year after year, the Annual GPN/Summit Plastics State of the Industry Report provides the most comprehensive data available about the past year in floriculture. The big question is, what has changed so much in one year? New trends, higher sales,...
December 31, 2002
Well...it's here -- the end of another year. Next month will bring resolutions and new starts and more trade shows than we could ever attend. But for now, all is peaceful and quiet. The Christmas crops are out the door, for better or worse,...
December 31, 2002
A low-maintenance, glass greenhouse with high-quality results: Sound too good to be true? Find out here if the Dutch Venlo from Rough Brothers is right for you. Design The Venlo offers maximum light transmission with low square foot costs. Its...
December 31, 2002
From the effects of drought to the many new, different varieties being introduced, the 2002 bedding plant trials were ground-breaking, as they are every year. In GPN's second annual bedding plant trial report, Colorado State University, North...
December 31, 2002
This is the time of the year when every poinsettia grower is breathing a sigh of relief, now that all, or most all, of the crop has been shipped and hopefully sold to consumers who value their beautiful plants. Poinsettias, as everyone knows, have...
November 07, 2002
An accurate diagnosis of disease is important for several reasons. Bacterial diseases are not controlled with fungicides, and some bacterial diseases are easily mistaken for fungal diseases. Some fungicides have a narrow spectrum of activity. In...
November 05, 2002
Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' is destined to become one of the most sought-after perennials for growers and gardeners across the country. Limerock Ruby yields abundant, 1 1/2-inch, ruby red, daisy-like flowers with yellow eyes, above neat, narrow...
November 05, 2002
Over the past several years, there have been few changes in the growth regulators available to the greenhouse industry. While there have been many new insecticides and fungicides introduced, we have been working with the same height control products...
November 05, 2002
I've been kidding around at some of the recent conferences by polling the audience to determine its makeup. First, I ask how many in the audience work in greenhouses, then how many work in nurseries or both since many nurseries have associated...
November 05, 2002
There is always a strange sense of déjà vu in working with new crops, remembering an earlier time where you worked with a plant and then seeing it resurface on the market again. That's the way it is with rex begonias. When I was first studying...