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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...
November 05, 2002
It seems like only a short while ago since I was trying to write this article for 2001. Now it is 2002, and I wonder what has changed in the past 12 months. Although we have seen registrations for new fungicides during the past couple of years,...
November 05, 2002
There's a plug-growing operation in the Western United States where less than five percent of new employees actually have any plug experience upon hiring; where turnover of employees with horticulture degrees can be 15-25 percent per year; and yet,...
October 17, 2002
Does "tissue culture" sound like some kind of scary governmental experiment that reeks of conspiracy and distrust? For those who don't quite understand what it's all about and wonder how it differs from seed, the benefits are many. First,...
October 10, 2002
With more and more new vegetative annuals being produced, growers are finding themselves doing more pinching and cutting back to stimulate better branching and to control growth. Many of the new vegetative annuals are quite vigorous and designed for...
October 10, 2002
Fungus gnats are common pests in greenhouses. Their larvae feed on the roots of many different crops, which can cause direct damage to the crop. The root damage caused by the larvae also makes it easier for fungal pathogens to enter into and infect...
October 10, 2002
Many growers are really excited about putting plants together in container gardens. The "gardeners-in-us" get excited to see how beautiful the plants look mixed together. The "business-people-in-us" know this is an area to capitalize on because of...
October 10, 2002
Raspberries have an exceptionally short shelf life, are easily damaged when handled and do not transport well. Because of their perishable nature, the opportunities to market high-quality, fresh raspberries produced under favorable field conditions...
October 10, 2002
Pesticides used today are less toxic and used less frequently than several years ago. Nevertheless, they can be a serious hazard to employees if not stored and used properly. Storage Store pesticides in a room located away from eating areas, boiler...
October 10, 2002
Versatile perennials, lamiums can be utilized in a number of commercial and garden situations. They look great in containers, alone or mixed with other plants in patio pots, window boxes or hanging baskets. In the landscape, they work well as a...
October 10, 2002
Let's face it, climates are different in Florida, Michigan and Colorado, which can generate some very different results from trial gardens. What succeeds in high heat and humidity may not succeed under cool nights with low relative humidity, and...
October 10, 2002
Photoperiod, or the number of hours of light in a 24-hour period, changes dramatically during the year in temperate regions of the world. For many floriculture crops, photoperiod controls growth and flowering, and a small change in photoperiod can...
September 10, 2002
A few months ago, June to be exact, Cornell University sent a call to the industry — a call to deal with one of our most pressing issues — a call to discuss profitability. Approximately 100 growers, academics and allied manufacturers...
September 10, 2002
This year's Ohio Florists' Association trade show was, as usual, a mind-boggling mix of new crops and production technology. The educational program was stuffed with great speakers, and I admire anyone who can attend this event, walk the show and...
September 10, 2002
One of your most productive employees hobbles up to you with a sore back. "It's been hurting ever since I moved that puncher to the other side of the greenhouse," he says. "I think I need to go to the doctor." What do you do? How do you report it?...
September 10, 2002
Problem: A mid-sized grower with an isolated market that is being served by several larger producers who compete on price. Solution: Extremely high-quality plants that are grown 100 percent on spec with a first-come, first-served policy. The metro-...
August 22, 2002
In my many travels visiting growers and giving talks, one of the most common questions I am asked is: Where can I find a grower? If I know of someone looking for another job, I am happy to make the referral because many open positions are not...
August 22, 2002
Hang on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen, the ride is about to get wild and wooly! Though I've heard a few (very few!) people say that spring 2002 was a decent season for horticulture sales, the majority of growers and retailers I've spoken with...
August 22, 2002
The Native American perennial heuchera has become one of the hottest, most must-have perennial plants for today's gardens. Heucheras belong to the family Saxifragaceae, which includes many other popular perennials such as astilbe, berginia,...
August 22, 2002
With the new Hello! Dahlia, you can say goodbye to past problems associated with seed dahlia, including double-sowing to avoid low and inconsistent germination rates. Hello! offers exceptional germination rates, excellent seed uniformity and is easy...
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