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November 04, 2003
I know, I know, but I love this plant. I think there is still a lot of room for new cultivars and new forms. Cut me a little slack, and I promise I won't be back to this crop for at least. . . six months. We were doing some work for Ball Floraplant...
October 03, 2003
Tomatoes, the biggest hydroponically produced crop on a worldwide scale, are complex in their physiology and response to crop management techniques since vegetative growth, flowering and fruiting all need to be continually maintained simultaneously...
October 03, 2003
When we started our fall pansy and viola trials three years ago, our objective was twofold: 1) to provide information to growers, breeders and consumers about the performance of different cultivars and 2) to use the trials as a vehicle for consumer...
October 03, 2003
Now that we are in the latter part of October, most poinsettia growers figure their job is finished and are just waiting for the plants to color up so they can be shipped. But this is the most critical time for last-minute adjustments to height...
October 03, 2003
Although it's definitely the plant that counts in the end, you can't deny the effects of container size. It can control your plant's growth in order to meet a specific consumer demand, capitalize on space in order to ameliorate shipping cost, and...
October 03, 2003
Watering and fertilizing are two tasks that take the most amount of time in your greenhouse, and fertilizing is also one of the most important. You want to get the job done quickly and accurately, meaning you want an injector that is easy to install...
October 03, 2003
A sport of Hedera helix'Merion Beauty' isolated in New Jersey in 1976, 'Duck Foot' gets its name from its small, 1-inch, three-lobed leaves that resemble the foot of a duck. Its free-branching habit allows it to fill in quickly, whether grown in...
August 27, 2003
Flying Colors diascia is early to bloom and longer lasting in the summer garden than other diascias. Rooted liners planted January-March will finish in 5-7 weeks for 4-inch pot (one plant per pot) and 10-12 weeks for 8- to 10-inch pots (three plants...
August 22, 2003
Well it's finally feeling like a normal Florida summer, with a half inch of rain every afternoon and temperature and humidity at around 90. Since we had a relatively dry summer, a lot of plants that traditionally give up the ghost in June have...
August 22, 2003
The Toto series was developed and introduced as an exceptionally short-growing black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). The short stature of 10-15 inches makes these plants an excellent choice for flowerbeds, interiorscapes and containers, with an...
August 22, 2003
Growing media can be a mixed bag, so it's important to keep an eye on your options. You never know when something new might burst on the scene or when something about your current growing media will change. For example, according to the Canadian...
August 21, 2003
Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' has great landscape appeal, with its silvery-gray, almost metallic looking, fronds. The delicate tri-color fronds have maroon midribs that intensify its landscape appeal. Despite the fragile appearance of the Japanese...
August 21, 2003
Over the past few years, we at the University of Connecticut have been cropping osteospermum as a novelty winter crop, and results have been good in both crop quality and customer acceptance and satisfaction. Since year-round cuttings are now widely...
August 08, 2003
A number of new and innovative methods of applying plant growth regulators (PGRs) have gained EPA approval in recent years. PGRs may be applied by "sprench" (combination of spray and drench applied as a high volume, low concentration spray to the...
August 08, 2003
Having just finished a great group of educational programs at the Southeast Greenhouse Conference, I feel obligated to focus on a group of crops that are often misunderstood and sadly shy of production information. Herbs offer most growers a huge...
August 08, 2003
From June to September, Clematis 'Inspiration' bears dark pink flowers accented by yellow stamens on strong stems that have shown a remarkable vase life of up to three weeks. This compact, half-climbing variety reaches 3-5 feet high and is hardy in...
July 10, 2003
Fuel prices continue to fluctuate, causing heartburn and headaches for growers as they receive their monthly fuel bills during periods of cold weather. When fuel costs are high, some growers in cold climates (such as the Northern United States) have...
July 10, 2003
FloraStar, in cooperation with the University of Florida, has selected the winners of the first FloraStar Elite Performer trials that are designed to evaluate how well a variety performs for the grower. The program will focus on vegetative annuals,...
July 10, 2003
The following report of diascia and nemesia trials conducted at the University of Florida trial gardens in Gainesville, Fla., was conducted in the winter of 2002. Gainesville is in USDA Zone 8b and is part of an ongoing research program to evaluate...
July 10, 2003
Have you noticed how popular calibrachoas have become? It is an interesting crop. They can either look very nice or very straggly. The flowers are small, and unless there are lots of them, the plant does not give much of a show. In terms of...