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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...
December 12, 2014
Begonia Full of flowers and available in a range of four bright colors, Bossa Nova adds a new dimension to bedding displays. The well-branched plants also look stunning in large containers or hanging baskets, either singly or as part of a...
December 12, 2014
December through March is peak propagation season for most greenhouse growers in North America. During this time, many growers receive nonrooted and sometimes callused cuttings, sow seeds or both. Successful propagation requires careful water...
December 12, 2014
The dazzling colors and diversity of petunia blooms have made them a consumer favorite and one of the top-selling annuals. Most growers know how to grow them, but admit they often struggle with “series” that don’t have the same timing, PGR...
December 12, 2014
As growers, retailers, landscapers and gardeners, we are always looking for a new perennial with the ‘It’ factor or one which illicits ‘OMG’ (as my daughter would say) as the initial reaction when you first see it. Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ is...
December 12, 2014
For decades, most people considered a brand as just the name on a package, or a company’s logo. A brand was merely a utilitarian component of a marketing mix for which its sole purpose was identification. Today, however, as more and more companies...
December 12, 2014
During the last 10 years, we have seen a steadily increasing interest in a relatively unknown group of plants. These are the succulents, those tenacious plants that, as a result of evolving to live in harsh environments in arid areas, have developed...
December 12, 2014
It’s the holy grail of the greenhouse industry — how to maximize greenhouse utilization without maxing out your budget and your labor. With a few simple adjustments and some savvy planning, you’d be surprised what a difference you can make in your...
December 12, 2014
Flowering of a wide range of ornamental crops is influenced by the lengths of the day and night. Under natural short days, four hours of low-intensity (≈2 µmol·m-2·s-1) lighting during the middle of the night (night interruption or NI) can promote...
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