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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...
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...
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