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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...
May 09, 2002
The leaves of this Begonia rex variety twist and curl in a spiral reminiscent of a snail’s shell — thus the name ‘Escargot’. It has a small, white flower but is mainly grown for its outstanding foliage. The plant was hybridized in The Netherlands...
May 09, 2002
Last month’s article focused on options for material movement when growing on the floor, but what about growing on bench systems? Creating the proper environment for crops should be the single most important criterion when deciding on a production...
May 09, 2002
It never ceases to amaze me that when business gets tough, companies generally take one of the following actions: Either they cease or decrease their advertising because they “can’t afford it” or they increase their advertising and use low prices to...
May 07, 2002
To effectively implement a mite management program, you must first identify the mite species, understand its life cycle and determine whether populations are at an economically damaging threshold. This is accomplished through a scouting plan that is...
May 07, 2002
Everyone strives for labor efficiency, whether operating a greenhouse alone or with the help of many employees. A good starting point in evaluating labor efficiency is to collect data on which operations require the greatest amount of time....
May 07, 2002
Controlling fertilizer and water use and runoff is a necessity for some businesses due to their proximity to environmentally sensitive natural areas or water sources. Reducing water and fertilizer use for many businesses, however, is becoming...
May 07, 2002
During the Victorian period, flowers were associated with emotions, strengths or moral qualities. Several legends in the naming of the flower forget-me-not suggest everlasting friendship, remembrance and eternal love. These correlations are still...
May 07, 2002
Most everyone who has been to Hawaii has picked up a “Ti Log.” It’s one of those souvenirs we bring back to prove we’ve been places, and while many of us have grown this plant at one time or another, its use has waned in the last 10 years. While...
May 07, 2002
Petunia x hybridia Hort. is one of many members of the family Solanaceae grown primarily as an ornamental plant, and the most economically important ornamental member of this family due to its horticultural value. It is a popular bedding plant — the...
May 07, 2002
As tradition dictates, the 2003 winners for next year’s growing season have been chosen from the following: All-America Selections, Fleuroselect and All-America Rose Selections. Judges for all three associations used a standardized grading...
May 07, 2002
When you think of carnations, you probably think South America. But before we started importing cut flowers from our neighbors, Colorado was the leader in carnation production in the United States. With such a carnation proliferation in the 1960s,...
May 07, 2002
Flower bulbs comprise a significant proportion of spring production in many North American greenhouses. Their quick greenhouse time, close spacing and “green” reputation (little fertilization required, limited pest problems) are all attractive to...
April 02, 2002
Kmart, the $37 billion, 40-year-old mass-marketing company that has roots going back over 100 years (S.S. Kresge), files the single-largest retail bankruptcy protection petition in the history of business. The same company that started its checkered...
April 02, 2002
Alternanthera ‘Purple Knight’ comes from a genus of about 200 species of bushy annuals and perennials. This variety is a striking, dark purple-leafed accent plant with a vigorous, upright and spreading habit that arches over the edge of...