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November 07, 2014
In 500 B.C., the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “The only thing that is constant is change.” That is a philosophy that some growers in our industry have subscribed to while there have been others that haven’t. But it is the successful...
November 07, 2014
We know the greenhouse business can initially be a fairly low barrier-to-entry business requiring few credentials and a modest amount of capital relative to other small businesses.  This dynamic lends itself to many of the businesses that have...
November 07, 2014
The economy rebounded at a 4.2 percent pace in the second quarter of 2014 after contracting 2.1 percent in the first.  The 4.2 percent growth reflected growing personal consumption, private inventory investment, exports, both residential and...
November 07, 2014
Incandescent (INC) lamps have been used to create long days to regulate flowering since the discovery of photoperiodism nearly a century ago. They’ve been effective, inexpensive, and easy to install, but have been phased out of production due to...
November 07, 2014
Cannas are an important variety for North American landscapes. Whether used as a thriller in back borders and containers, or as a stand-out bedding plant, gardeners and landscapers enjoy durable, impressive cannas in their designs. The brand-new F1...
November 07, 2014
There are numerous definitions of the word ‘striking.’ One definition is: conspicuously  attractive or impressive. ‘Striking’ is precisely the word that comes to mind when I see Lobelia cardinalis ‘Black Truffle’. The combination of its dark...
November 07, 2014
Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) resurfaced as a serious concern in production of vegetatively propagated petunias. TMV is geographically widespread and economically significant. TMV is transmitted mechanically and is not known to have an invertebrate...
November 07, 2014
Mite. A four-letter dirty word among greenhouse growers. More specifically, the twospotted spider mite.  These common microscopic pests are one of the biggest nuisances professional greenhouse growers treat within their operations, as they can...
November 07, 2014
Retail sales of cannabis began in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2014. Prior to the start of marijuana sales, Colorado voters last fall approved an excise tax of 15 percent that gives the first $40 million to school construction, and also a special sales tax...
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November 07, 2014
ARC:  In a perfect world there would be no disease I suppose. My favorite solution would be a way to make the plants resist disease genetically since that is the epitome of biological control. If your wishes could be granted, what do you think...
November 07, 2014
What image first popped into your mind? Virtual Grower? Or perhaps, visions of creating or updating your company’s website, Facebook page, Pinterest board, Instagram and Twitter accounts, and/or other social media platforms?    Virtual...
November 07, 2014
The horticulture industry is made up of fascinating people. It is an amazing amalgamation of intriguing, ingenious and industrious individuals who make our industry so great!  GPN’s 40 Under 40 is just one way we get to highlight some of those...
October 08, 2014
The production of containerized floriculture crops often involves techniques to limit extension growth to produce compact plants. In some situations though, a grower may wish to increase plant height, such as when plants are too small for their...
October 08, 2014
Agastache, also known by the common names of Hyssop or Hummingbird Mint, is a genus of the Lamiaceae family. There are many different species of agastache that are native to North America, as well as one species that is native to Eastern Asia....
October 08, 2014
The Giga series of scabiosa from Green Fuse Botanicals is a great example of the expression “Great things come in small packages.” After all, the plants form compact 6- to 9-inch tall clumps of gray-green foliage which produces an abundance of...
October 08, 2014
The greenhouse industry has experienced many changes over the past decade. Most recently the margins and the demand for certain ornamental crops has begun to diminish. This leaves many greenhouses that were once booming looking for ways to diversify...
October 08, 2014
There have been numerous articles published in the past few years detailing the business opportunities of greenhouse operations growing vegetables as an added source of income to supply local retailers trying to find locally grown produce. Consumers...
October 08, 2014
Raise your hand if you grew up on a farm or know someone who did. Raise your hand if you have ever visited a farm. A yes answer to either of these questions is likely accompanied by an image of a traditional farm in a rural setting. Most of us have...
October 08, 2014
Irradiance, temperature, and carbon dioxide (CO2) are three environmental parameters growers can control during greenhouse production to alter crop growth, quality, and timing. Significant costs are incurred every year, especially during winter and...
October 08, 2014
ARC:  The horticultural industry is getting greener — or at least trying to — as each year passes. I don’t know many plant pathologists who have had successful experiences with biological control agents for disease prevention. I have had mixed...
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