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March 20, 2013
Spring — we plan for it, we forecast for it, we buy for it, we hire for it, we train for it, we pray for good weather, and we even take vacation before the Spring season starts. I don’t know about you but each year I cannot wait to see the first...
March 20, 2013
If you’re currently in a position of leadership, you have obviously proven your skills, talents and capabilities over time. You’ve gotten to where you are through a series of smart decisions, hard work and quite possibly an incredible amount of luck...
March 20, 2013
While most of my business advice pertains to what you do or think about during the workday, sometimes a better question to ask is: “What is keeping you up at night?” Or, more accurately, what wakes you up at night and makes it tough to go back to...
March 20, 2013
What began as a landscape construction company in 1973 has since bloomed into 80 acres of growing space known as Van Belle Nursery. Founders Bill and Grace Van Belle have since passed the business down to their son, Dave Van Belle, although they are...
March 19, 2013
Petunia is among the most commonly grown bedding plants. It has been bred extensively for desirable flower traits, growth habits, extended blooming periods, stress tolerance and quick production. Wave petunia from PanAmerican Seed is the most...
March 19, 2013
The snapdragon Candy Showers series, available in five bright colors, is the first trailing snapdragon series available from seed and represents a completely new item for spring and fall sales. Sakata Ornamentals is recognized as a world leader in...
March 19, 2013
Creeping phlox is a widely grown perennial groundcover mostly recognized by the beautiful masses of color it produces in the early spring. It’s hard to beat the stunning display of color as the evergreen carpet wakes up after a long winters rest....
March 19, 2013
Even though cases of impatiens downy mildew were confirmed in 33 states in 2012, growers are planning to produce Impatiens walleriana this year. However, Bill Calkins, business manager independent garden centers at Ball Horticultural Co., says in...
March 19, 2013
Like many ornamental plants, perennials are susceptible to numerous types of plant viruses. Growers often jump to conclusions when they hear the word “virus” and don’t consider that plant viruses are often not as destructive or common as diseases...
March 19, 2013
In floriculture, we have long been familiar with Florel sprays, whether for height control on hyacinths or daffodils, to abort flowers and promote of branching in many crops (such as geraniums and fall mums), or to induce flowering in bromeliads....
March 19, 2013
Each year the North American Poinsettia Trials evaluates hundreds of poinsettia cultivars, many of which are new to the market. However, as any poinsettia grower will tell you, selecting the right cultivar is only the beginning. Many decisions have...
March 19, 2013
What are you growing in your greenhouse(s) this spring? Whenever I ask that question, a lot of times I get an answer like, “The same crops we grew last year.” When I ask, “Why are you growing the products you are growing?” the answer I often get is...
February 28, 2013
California Spring Trials
February 05, 2013
A plug or liner dip is a plant growth retardant (PGR) application technique in which a tray of finished young plants is placed into a shallow PGR solution for a short period of time.  This allows the growing media to absorb the PGR from the...
February 05, 2013
Westflowers by the German breeder Westhoff is shaking up the vegetative petunia category with its Crazytunias ­— a collection of unique petunias with exciting flower colors and patterns that are grower and consumer friendly. ‘Crazytunia Black Mamba...
February 05, 2013
Westflowers by the German breeder Westhoff is shaking up the vegetative petunia category with its Crazytunias ­— a collection of unique petunias with exciting flower colors and patterns that are grower and consumer friendly. ‘Crazytunia Black Mamba...
February 05, 2013
One of the most recognized and reliable perennials in shade gardens is the old-fashioned Bleeding Heart. When grown under partial shade in well-drained soils with ample moisture, it is hard to beat the flower power and dependability of Dicentra...
February 05, 2013
In September 2009, I visited the Florexpo facility in Paraíso, Costa Rica, and learned all about the 130 million cuttings they produce each year, sanitation protocols, their sustainable practices and so much more. In the December 2009 issue of GPN,...
February 05, 2013
Calla lilies (Zantedeschia) have become a popular greenhouse floricultural crop in the United States, and interest continues to increase for both pot and cut flower production.Callas have long-lasting, elegant flowers and have been a favorite in...
February 05, 2013
You would like your plant’s root system to be in balance with the soil, your growing media. Balance in water, balance in food, balance in microbes and balance in organic/inorganic matter all group together to maintain the health of the roots....