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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...
October 26, 2001
Caterpillars, the larval/immature stage of moths and butterflies, are generally not considered a major pest of greenhouse-grown crops. However, during summer through fall, moths can enter greenhouses through doors, vents and sidewalls (which are...
October 26, 2001
There is both good and bad news in spider mite management. If you are like me, you prefer to get the bad news out of the way first. If you would like to read the good news first, skip the first three paragraphs and read them later, when you can...
October 26, 2001
Rich, purple, velvety leaves make Gynura aurantiaca an irresistible plant to touch and buy. Not surprisingly, gynura is known as the purple velvet plant or, more imaginatively, the purple passion plant. The genus gynura consists of approximately 100...
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...