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August 05, 2015
Eager to reinvent the category of strawflowers, we’re excited to introduce the vastly superior Cottage series of bracteantha from Westhoff. Unlike the old-fashioned strawflowers, the Cottage series combines the most disease-resistant genetics...
August 05, 2015
 In recent years, breeders have been working diligently to improve the attributes of bee balm. The monarda Balmy series is a great example of these efforts. The Balmy series is compact,  has very mildew resistant foliage and produces an...
August 05, 2015
In the production of flowering ornamentals and other specialty crops, a common goal is to grow high-quality, uniform plants in a consistent and predictable manner. A population of plants that have different growth characteristics (for example,...
August 05, 2015
With the new web-native Sage ERP system, growers are now offered expanded tools for accessing data on mobile devices. During this year’s keynote speech at Google I/O, the annual software developer-focused conference for Google platforms, Sundar...
August 05, 2015
Workers follow stringent rules while transplanting organically grown crops at Sunbelt Greenhouses. The word “organic” is a term that certified growers will not throw around loosely.  Labeling a product as organic means that the food or other...
August 05, 2015
In today’s ever-changing gardening world, it is easy for a grower to become overwhelmed with choices. Many of these choices are combinations — hanging baskets, patio containers and the list goes on and on.  This is why it is important to...
August 05, 2015
Herbs represent one of the fastest growing groups of plants over the last 15 years or so. Many are produced from seed directly or via plugs while others are produced from herbaceous cuttings. They are often finished by the same growers who produce...
August 05, 2015
Charlie Hall, ellison chair in International Floriculture, Texas A&M University, Department of Horticultural Sciences: The last 25 years in the green industry have brought unprecedented structural changes. While we have remained fragmented...
August 05, 2015
Editors note: This is the first article in a series on research and education programs being performed at the University of California. James Bethke and staff working with local rose growers on mite resistance issues. The first and second Organic...
August 05, 2015
Jim Barrett in action at the 2014 Plant Health Management Conference.   If you are looking for solutions for growing the healthiest and most profitable plants possible, then you need to be at GPN’s Plant Health Management Conference. We...
July 10, 2015
If you were to rate your meetings (management/sales/production) what grade (0 to 10) would you give them?  If you asked your team members if your meetings with them were the highlight of their week, would they say yes or no? Do you look forward...
July 10, 2015
Monarchs, and Apis and ground bees, oh my!  The plight of pollinators has thrust pollinator health into the center of AmericanHort’s government relations agenda. And that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.  We’ll touch on other issues...
July 10, 2015
On average, since World War II, we have had recessions every six-and-a-half years. The current economic expansion is rapidly approaching its six-year anniversary, and I know a few folks who are getting a little nervous.  Contrary to popular...
July 10, 2015
Carving a niche for one’s business comes easy for some, for others it’s a challenge. Regardless of the obstacles, it is becoming more and more important for growers to differentiate from the competition and find their specialty, which also lends...
July 09, 2015
Many large-scale commercial growers utilize automated booms to deliver water, nutrient solutions, pesticides and/or plant growth regulators to crops. Some growers have also installed lights on their booms to deliver photoperiodic lighting to promote...
July 09, 2015
Beedance bidens drew a swarm of attention during the 2015 California Spring Trials, where visitors saw them in whimsical retail displays, mass plantings and combination baskets. And the plants live up to their name! Bees were dancing all over the...
July 09, 2015
With its aromatic herbal attributes and landscape presence, the demand for lavender continues to increase.  English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most commonly grown lavender, but Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) has many...
July 09, 2015
Pinpoint accurate forecasting helps Bela Flor Nurseries meet demand without spoilage or delays. When it comes to customer satisfaction, few criteria rank as high as receiving things on time. Whether you’re talking about your hourly news fix, your...
July 09, 2015
Today, fresh water supplies for agriculture/horticulture are a serious matter. For some, future supplies are questionable. Many growers are faced with water use restrictions. It’s not a surprise that officials often feel that water is needed more...
July 09, 2015
In June, you read about some of the overall trends we observed during our week-long trek through California. This month, we would like to focus on the impressive new varieties that made their debut in April. These introductions stood out and grabbed...
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