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December 03, 2001
A new introduction to American Takii’s lineup of unique plants is the Lobelia erinus ‘Aqua’ series, and the following will help the grower produce the best lobelia possible. ‘Aqua’ made its debut with four dynamic colors: Lavender, Blue with Eye,...
December 03, 2001
Ned Bradford’s dream of owning his own greenhouse business may have been planted in his future long before he even knew it would one day become a reality — when he was just a young boy pulling weeds for a quarter at his grandfather’s landscape...
December 03, 2001
As you can probably imagine, given the controversial nature of the editor’s report in the September and October issues of GPN, my phone and E-mail have been filled the past month with grower, supplier and retailer comments. (Turn to page 82 for a...
December 03, 2001
Substrate testing is a great tool to help ensure a healthy, profitable crop and to identify improper nutritional trends before problems occur. For most situations, monitoring pH and EC (electrical conductivity) in the greenhouse is sufficient to...
December 03, 2001
Rudbeckia, or black-eyed susan, is a well-known perennial garden plant. The two most commonly grown species are Rudbeckia fulgida and Rudbeckia hirta. R. fulgida is a perennial herb that grows to a height of at least 24-30 inches; R. hirta is often...
December 03, 2001
Most growers are familiar with aphids, but did you know there are aphids that attack the roots of plants? Yes, the roots. You may be used to looking for aphids on foliage and stems, but with these aphids, you need to pull off the pot and look...
November 30, 2001
I know that GPN caters primarily to floriculture producers. But, just in case there are some readers out there wanting to broaden their offerings into the world of greenhouse tomatoes, GPN has asked me to provide some information to you. What we...
November 30, 2001
As with Botrytis and Root Rot, covered in the September and October issues of GPN, Fusarium can ruin a beginning grower’s love for floriculture. Not only is it hard to find the fungus, but it also strikes quickly and causes almost instant damage to...
November 30, 2001
A decade ago, only a handful of growers were commercially producing perennials, and most of them were not even considered greenhouse operations; they were classified as nurseries. Nurseries have usually been thought of as woody plant producers,...
November 30, 2001
Greenhouse carts have gone through many incarnations. The latest is a color-coded, name-plated, transportation and merchandising machine that won’t get lost and doesn’t cost too much. At least that’s what growers want and retailers expect. The...
November 06, 2001
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October 26, 2001
The year 2001 will go down in history as a year of both tragedy and unity. Last month’s horrific attack of terrorism brought our nation and the world together and renewed a sense of national pride, patriotism and solidarity that had been...
October 26, 2001
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the National Agricultural Statistics Service survey, the first multi-state nursery production survey of its kind. It is meant to supplement the more comprehensive Decennial Census of...
October 26, 2001
In recent years, greater demand has developed in the European and American pot plant market for solitary blooming products. There is also a clear social trend of people wanting to create their own floral arrangements. The anthurium pot plant meets...
October 26, 2001
Since I wrote to you last month, many changes have taken place – within us as individuals, within our country and within our industry. During a late August grower tour, I had the pleasure of meeting Terry Smith of Smith Gardens, Bellingham, Wash.,...
October 26, 2001
  I love the definition of a customer that I saw in a marketing textbook some years ago: "A customer is someone who has yet to find a better alternative." With all of the competition out there, both from within the horticulture industry and...
October 26, 2001
Have you ever wondered what consumers think about when they cannot find a salesperson to help them? What about when they see a garden project point-of-purchase display? The consumer can make or break a business, and with stiff competition from the...
October 26, 2001
If you talk to a grower, one of the most costly problems mentioned is the high electric bill. For most greenhouse operations, the electric bill is about 5-10 percent of the total energy cost and covers such items as the power to run motors, lights...
October 26, 2001
With the recent demise of Suncoast Greenhouses in Seffner, Fla., I started thinking about the health, practices and problems of the plug industry. Now, when you see my name connected to a plug article, you expect to see cultural practices, and...
October 26, 2001
Root rots – Pythium, Phytophthora and Rhizoctonia – are well-known enemies of flowering plants. Some root rots start with the fungal spore Cylindrocarpon, which thrives under wet, soggy or over-saturated conditions. Other fungi, including...