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October 26, 2001
As consumers rediscover the ease and beauty of perennials and start to clamor for more varieties, growers must find ways to control the growth of this sometimes unruly group. Plant growth regulators (PGRs) can be an effective method of control, but...
October 09, 2001
To most of its revelers, Walt Disney World’s landscaping seems to play an unassuming, secondary role to the amusement rides and human-sized cartoon characters that so captivate childrens’ imaginations. But the ever-famous theme park might not be...
October 09, 2001
I took a trip to Michigan last month to visit a few growers and to soak up some sunshine before the start of winter. I know it seems a little odd to visit bedding plant growers in late summer when all they have in the greenhouse is a few stock...
October 09, 2001
Over the past few years, lantana has become one of the more popular spring crops, with several important uses for the grower and home gardener. Many new varieties with varying growth habit and flower color are now available to sustain its popularity...
October 09, 2001
Problems with greenhouse fertilizer programs are common and can result in decreased quality or a prolonged growing period, both of which will decrease profit margin. It is crucial to ensure that the fertilizer needs of your plants are met without...
October 09, 2001
Production and sales of cut lilies have increased dramatically in recent years. According to the latest published USDA Census in 1998, over 76 million stems of cut lilies were produced in the United States, with a value exceeding $54 million. Many...
October 09, 2001
It was only a matter of time before the big box stores got in on the act. With the green industry’s emphasis on marketing and a large number of breeders, growers and even small retailers branding their plant material, the chains weren’t...
October 09, 2001
A well-grown sunflower radiates color and excitement. The large, bright flowers of this North American native are well-known to most consumers and make a great impulse buy. Potted sunflowers are easy-to-grow from seed with a short crop time, but...
October 09, 2001
On July 27th, approximately 1,500 visitors attended the Ball "Symphony of Color" event, which highlighted the Simply Beautiful and Nature’s Décor programs. Attendees saw an abundance of new varieties, enjoyed a catered lunch,...
October 09, 2001
In virtually every session of the U.S. Congress, there are calls for increases in the minimum wage rate. There is currently legislation introduced in Congress to increase the federal minimum wage by $1.50 over three years. The calls for a higher...
October 09, 2001
Goldsmith Seeds continues its tradition of well-performing, colorful crops with the ‘Duchess’ Torenia, a flower bred to perform exceptionally well as a pot plant. Duchess has a high germination rate (90-95 percent), and is early to flower, compact...
October 09, 2001
The bad news is that the disease-spreading glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) continues to grab headlines in California. The good news is that the pest is no longer hogging the spotlight. Through innovative research and generous funding, California...
October 09, 2001
  In 2000, I wrote a summary of then current information on one of the newest classes of fungicides for ornamentals –strobilurins. The original compound, strobilurin A, was isolated from a mushroom called Strobiluris tenacellus found growing on...
October 09, 2001
The Ohio Florists’ Association (OFA) has again donated leftover flowers from the Short Course to organizations that assist those in need. Cut flowers were donated to Columbus, Ohio-based Consumer Support Services and a local nursing home upon...
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...