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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...
January 28, 2003
In surveying the ethnic origins of your greenhouse employees, it probably comes as no surprise that one in eight people in the United States is of Hispanic origin, or 32.8 million, according to a 2000 U.S. Census Bureau report. Approximately 66.1...
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,...