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February 13, 2015
A-Rest and Abide are two plant growth retardants (PGRs) that contain the active ingredient ancymidol. They aren’t as commonly used in floriculture as most other PGRs, which could be attributed to ancymidol’s cost. However, there are some potential...
Kniphofia hybrids
February 13, 2015
The Rockette series of kniphofia hybrids from EuroAmerican are new must-have genetics with distinct improvements on the classic perennial favorite: Red Hot Poker! Their uniquely textured grass-like foliage, continuous blooming habit and vibrant...
Ball Horticultural Co.
February 13, 2015
Candytuft has been a perennial favorite for its reliably early spring color. In spite of its early flowering and popularity with consumers, iberis has been known among many growers as a hit or miss crop. Many growers have struggled to produce...
February 13, 2015
I realize that after reading my tag line above, you must be thinking “of course my fertilizer injector is essential to my growing quality plant material!” The real question is, if it is that essential, how well do you maintain it?  How...
February 13, 2015
Marijuana production in Colorado is quickly shifting from indoor warehouse facilities to greenhouse operations.  “Twelve to 18 months ago, more than 95 percent of marijuana production was done in warehouses,” said crop consultant Shane Hutto at...
February 13, 2015
Have you ever wondered why different groups of plants get different diseases? If you have only been growing one type of plant, such as  bedding plants, you might think all plants get the same diseases. But since I have switched around from cut...
Beekenkamp
February 13, 2015
The North American Poinsettia Trials provide an independent evaluation of new poinsettia cultivars in three different climates — Ontario, North Carolina and Florida. Included here is information on the characteristics of the 15 cultivars being...
February 13, 2015
Do you know a college student studying horticulture? Is that student’s experience with plants revolutionizing the way he or she thinks and acts? If so, that student may be a candidate for Syngenta Flowers’ Goldsmith Scholarship program. Once again,...
January 13, 2015
Are you a great leader? If I ask several of your key team members will they confirm that your business has great leadership? What criteria would they base their answer on?  Do you believe great leaders are born or made? What does it mean to be...
January 13, 2015
For the past 44 years, the owners and staff members of Pell Greenhouse in Hudsonville, Michigan, have prided themselves in providing superb quality and excellent service. Like many other greenhouse operations, Pell Greenhouse is a family business...
January 13, 2015
As we enter into the New Year, most of us can look back on 2014 and say it has worked out better than we had expected last January when we were being covered up by Snowmagadden.  At that time, we were worried about the sluggish economy, the...
January 13, 2015
Heating a greenhouse in a cold climate is always expensive, but that’s especially true for some growers this year. Although natural gas remains relatively inexpensive, distribution costs have skyrocketed in some cases due to greater supply...
January 13, 2015
Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’ stuns with soft blue-green foliage that emerges in the spring on upright arching, clumping plants. Bred by Dr. Mark Brand at the University of Connecticut, ‘Ruby Ribbons’ features foliage that takes on a wine-red...
January 13, 2015
Although not a recent introduction, Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokova’ has proven itself as a reliable perennial over the past couple of decades. Case in point, the members of the Perennial Plant Association (www.perennialplant.org) have selected ‘...
January 13, 2015
It’s no secret that plants need access to water and nutrients to grow healthy and strong. This has been true since the beginning of time. However, there are a number of challenges to providing plants with the water and nutrients they need,...
January 13, 2015
Here at Gulley Greenhouse we were looking to increase sales around the peak season. We have the space, people on the clock, and during certain points, free heat.  However, finding a consistent program to justify the expense has often been the...
January 13, 2015
In today’s gardens, drama doesn’t have to come from a showy bloom. The modern gardener is appreciating foliage plants more and more. The appeal goes beyond just color – there’s texture, shape and versatility, too. Gardeners are exploring gardening...
January 13, 2015
Growing up on a cattle farm in rural Virginia, 2015 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, James Rockwell, found himself immersed in the agriculture industry at an early age.  “I know that was definitely something I wanted to pursue in my life, but beef...
January 13, 2015
Last month, the color experts at the Pantone Institute announced its choice for the Color of the Year for 2015 — Marsala (Pantone 18-1438) — “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” Each year, color specialists from the Pantone Institute “comb the...
December 12, 2014
Dianthus ‘Superstar’ has cherry red blooms with white-pink patterns and a deep cherry eye carried on sturdy stems. The compact, mounding habit measures 7x7 inches. Plants are fragrant with a long flowering season. Plant Haven www.planthaven.com 805...
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