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October 09, 2001
Those of you who have worked with me before, have heard me speak at industry events or have read my past writings know that I am one of the industry’s staunchest supporters of consumer-focused marketing and promotion efforts. We’ve got a great...
October 09, 2001
In late August, September and October, there isn’t a lot happening in most perennial borders. Even the long bloomers, such as coreopsis, are winding down. While the spring flowers slide into their time of rest and relaxation, the challenge for...
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September 07, 2001
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September 07, 2001
In the heat of the summer, it is always difficult to think about and do the little things so necessary for producing quality plants. People are either taking vacations, thinking about taking vacations or working less hours in the greenhouse. No one...
September 07, 2001
Over the past couple of years, Clemson University has been conducting experiments to better understand how to manage light in the greenhouse environment. We presented contour maps that describe how much light is delivered to different regions of the...
September 07, 2001
Cold, clouds, rain, hurricanes and an economic slow-down. Not an appealing list if you’re in the live goods industries, but these are the conditions growers have had to deal with during the spring and early summer seasons. We may have had a hard...
September 07, 2001
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September 07, 2001
Western flower thrips are very difficult to control, particularly in greenhouse situations. Thrips are found in many crop environments, both indoor and outdoor, and can survive the harshest winters in the Northeast. The most common months that...
September 07, 2001
California’s cut flower growers are in the middle of a crisis. Out-of-control natural gas prices, partly the result of flawed electricity deregulation, are putting the squeeze on many growers, forcing some operations – many of whom use natural gas...
September 07, 2001
Dean Chaloupka wanted to make it clear that the Second Season Pansy program isn’t exclusive to Floral Plant Growers LLC. "This line’s been on the market for four or five years," said Chaloupka, president and sales manager for Floral Plant Growers...
September 07, 2001
Powdery mildew diseases cause serious damage to many floral and ornamental crops in nurseries, greenhouses and landscapes both outdoors and indoors. The diseases are very similar, with symptoms initially appearing as small, white, powdery or dusty...
September 07, 2001
Celosia One trial highlight was the broad range of interesting celosia cultivars, one of the most popular of the field cut flowers. Celosia (Celosia argentea) cultivars are available in three groups: cristata has convoluted, brain-like flower heads...
August 31, 2001
Dianthus Sakata’s Dianthus ‘Kawara’ is a reliable perennial plant from seed that blooms from spring until heavy frost. Kawara has feathery flowers in pastel tones that are attractive in landscapes and as cut flowers. Plants are...
August 31, 2001
Supreme Court ruling changes advertising The Supreme Court’s ruling in June that a mandatory advertising campaign for the mushroom industry violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech could have ramifications in other crop categories. The...
August 31, 2001
When I first entered the floriculture industry, a grower I met through the magazine, who will mercifully remain nameless, warned me that I was getting involved with a strange bunch of people. Nice, mind you, but a little odd. I didn’t know what to...
August 31, 2001
Commercial growers have suffered several hard hits this year: outrageous energy prices, poor spring sales and a down economy, to name a few. And because the hits keep coming, some people in the industry have started investigating how to raise...
August 31, 2001
Breeders have introduced a large number of potentially important new poinsettia cultivars in the past two years, and this fall many growers will be producing some of them for the first time. Below are short descriptions of several of these new...
August 31, 2001
Crown of Thorns originated in Madagascar. Plants were brought into the U.S. industry as novelties, but due to the thorny stems and lack of freeze tolerance, they stalled out in the cacti collector’s market. Now, after 30 years of breeding and...
August 31, 2001
The outlook for the Dutch tulip crop for the 2002 forcing season is very good. Temperatures in the growing regions throughout the late spring were cool and favorable for a strong crop. Bulbs are now out of the ground, washed free of soil, peeled ,...