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July 09, 2002
B-Nine and Cycocel have been effectively used as a tank mix growth regulator application for many years. The major benefit of this tank mix is that it provides an easy-to-apply, medium-activity growth regulator application. The spray volume is not...
July 09, 2002
Ask any flower and plant retailer to describe their customer base, and the answer will likely range from a middle-aged wife and mother complete with young children and mini-van, to a female retiree who comes in every Tuesday for her senior discount...
July 09, 2002
It doesn’t matter if your operation is large or small, new or old, if you grow annuals or perennials, or if you are affected or not affected by the drought; irrigation is a critical, yet sometimes overlooked practice. It can save you money and,...
July 09, 2002
Eye-catching color and vigorous growth have brought nothing but popularity for Calibrachoa, and it has become one of the industry’s hottest vegetatively propagated specialty annuals. Calibrachoa’s petite, single, petunia-like flowers, finely...
June 20, 2002
In the world of spreading petunias, Wave petunias are one of the most consumer-recognized brands, and  California Pack Trials 2002 brought us the new Easy Wave series of spreading petunias. An alternative to traditional petunias, Easy Waves...
June 20, 2002
Dallas Johnson Greenhouses has embraced sensible automation in many areas of its operation. But the biggest reason for improved shipping efficiency has been a conceptual change. The centerpiece of the change is a large staging area that is used to...
June 20, 2002
You might be wondering what’s going on here at GPN that we have a dinner party on the cover of the magazine. Just bear with me for a few minutes, and everything will be clear… A couple of months ago during my Pack Trial tour at Proven...
June 11, 2002
p class=MsoNormal>With new sites and more companies exhibiting in 2002, the California Pack Trials keep getting bigger and bigger, and GPN has expanded its coverage to reflect this growth. This month and next, we’ll present the Pack Trials from...
June 11, 2002
By mid-morning Monday, May 13th I had received the same forwarded E-mail a dozen times, as friends in the industry shared the sad news of Paul Ecke Jr.’s passing. Diagnosed less than a year ago with pancreatic cancer, Paul had been in pretty good...
June 11, 2002
There are over 30 cultivars of ornamental peppers available. Many of the older cultivars like ‘Filus Blue’ or ‘Bolivian Rainbow’ are tall-growing and make excellent background plants in the landscape. Plant breeders at the USDA in Beltsville, Md.,...
June 11, 2002
On a Sunday morning in Somewhere, America, one of the customers that buys from the garden center you supply reads these headlines: “Spring rain only puts a dent in Eastern drought”; “New Mexico governor declares drought emergency”; “Maine residents...
June 11, 2002
If you were an herb grower looking to start a marketing program, it would probably feel natural to utilize practical use information on your POP materials because herbs are something common to most individuals’ everyday lives.They’re dashed into...
June 11, 2002
One of the main advantages of a retractable roof system is that the size of the structure is not limited by the restrictive capacity of mechanical ventilation systems. This allows the total growing area to have fewer “edges,” resulting in a more...
June 11, 2002
Are you looking for a new potted plant that doesn’t need pinching or disbudding; a fast crop for hanging baskets; an unusual plant to make your container gardens stand apart from the competition; top-quality plants that are easy to grow with no...
June 11, 2002
The most exciting parts of the Internationale Pflanzenmesse, or IPM, in Essen, Germany — beyond the variety and profusion of plant material on display — is the variety of plant marketing programs. Three very different programs from three different...
June 11, 2002
This was my first trip to the California Pack Trials, and it was a really wonderful experience. The term “trials” is a bit of a misnomer, though, as there was very little comparison trialing and a lot of display material. I understand that, in the...
June 11, 2002
One of the keys to a successful scouting program is being able to accurately identify the pests and diseases you come in contact with. The following is a review of the most prevalent greenhouse mites. Two-spotted Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae):...
June 11, 2002
Phytophthora is one of the special group of plant pathogens termed “oomycetes” — Pythium and the downy mildews are close kin. Analysis of their DNA has indicated that these organisms are more closely related to algae than to fungi. This is the...
June 11, 2002
Though the “B” in B&C Greenhouses has retired, the “C”s are still there, but boy is it different from the 5-acre piece of muck that Dean Cramer and his uncle, Pete Bloemsma (the B and C in B&C), began back in 1965. Dean caught on to the...
May 09, 2002
Spring is finally here. Product is flying off the retail shelves, growers are starting to settle down a bit, the California Pack Trials have come and gone and the Marketing Innovation Award winners are being announced. Denver, Colorado-based Welby...