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August 09, 2002
At the University of Florida trials, a section focuses on some of the component plants often used in mixed containers. For 2002, we selected Vinca major and Helichrysum. The idea was to come up with basic production guidelines for these crops based...
August 01, 2002
I was reading through a trade journal last month and came across a one-page announcement for Easy Wave petunias from Pan American Seed. According to the article, Easy Wave petunias are selected for growing in ?premium packs.? The article went on to...
July 18, 2002
Last week, as we do every year, Dr. Jim Barrett, professor of floriculture at the University of Florida and GPN’s consulting editor, came to the office for a 2-day visit to plan next year’s editorial calendar. Joint meetings between...
July 18, 2002
I was talking the other day with a client in the Southeast, when the subject came up about growing pansies for a certain chain store. This particular chain store wanted the grower to provide pansies starting in July and continuing through the fall....
July 18, 2002
Recent media attention to providing good customer service has not presented us with any information we didn’t already know, yet so few businesses today heed even the basics. That means there’s lots of room for you to stay competitive by becoming...
July 18, 2002
Tiarella ‘Pink Brushes’, a hybrid developed by Charles Oliver of The Primrose Path, Scottdale, Pa., was selected for its excellent flowers, vigor and extended flowering season. The dense, full spikes are 12-16 inches tall, and individual...
July 09, 2002
I selected the following plants because they are easy to produce or offer a very specialized look. All of these plants have a place in the component plant world and most will add something different to any container. This is by no means all of the...
July 09, 2002
Equipment maintenance is an important part of operating a greenhouse or nursery business. The development of new machines and the difficulty in obtaining good labor has led to the use of more equipment in greenhouse operations. The following...
July 09, 2002
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 last, we present the Pack Trials from several different...
July 09, 2002
Well, believe it or not, it’s time for another poinsettia season! Some of you are already tired of poinsettias, having done poinsettia stock plants since last spring. Other growers are just rooting bought-in cuttings and potting up finished...
July 09, 2002
The high cost of human health care, especially prescription medications, has led many of us to that very question. Can I use the generic, less-expensive product or must I purchase the name brand? Although we do not have true generics available for...
July 09, 2002
Poinsettias can, at times, be a problematic crop, but being aware of the more common nutritional, physiological and insect and disease-related problems encountered during production can help reduce the headaches. By watching for potential problems,...
July 09, 2002
With the advancement of perennial production, many operations are looking at their current fertility programs only to discover the traditional practices used with greenhouse crops aren’t always sufficient with many perennial crops. With a shift in...
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...
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