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January 13, 2016
Many years ago a business owner said to me, “If I only had the money back from the business mistakes I have made, I will be wealthy beyond my dreams.” I heard a speaker about 20 years ago say, “18 percent of your clients will not allow you to...
January 13, 2016
The outlook for this spring is a good one. There are very few red flags among current economic indicators to suspect any surprises in economic performance in the first couple of quarters of  2016. One of the bright spots in the coming year...
January 13, 2016
When Jerry Van Hoven purchased Battlefield Farms in Rapidan, Virginia, in 1990, the entire operation spanned about 6 acres. Today, two of his sons, Anthony and Bobby, own a majority of the company, which now totals 65 acres of growing space....
January 13, 2016
Danziger's Ostica series of Osteospermum ecklonis features vibrant and colorful flowers. It has a lovely compact mounded growth habit. This easy-growing, early-flowering series requires no cooling to flower. Plant in full sunlight or half shade in...
January 13, 2016
The biggest rooting season for ornamental cuttings occurs during some of the darkest and coldest days of the year — in January and February. When conditions are close to ideal, cuttings of most herbaceous species should be well rooted within three...
January 13, 2016
Japanese anemone or windflowers gracefully brighten up the fall landscape. Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ has a long history, stretching back to 1858 when it was discovered by M. Jobert in Verdun, France. With its statuesque habit, ‘Honorine Jobert’...
January 13, 2016
Remember when people used to say that social media was a fad? Well, now that Facebook is over 10 years old, hopefully people are starting to see that the concept of personal digital interaction on a global scale isn’t going anywhere. Even though...
January 13, 2016
American gardeners are in a sweet, mad-about-you honeymoon phase with native plants, and for good reasons. Natives have been rising in popularity for two decades, and are perfectly positioned to rise even higher on the updraft of a perfect storm...
January 13, 2016
For those who are unfamiliar with my work, I am the nursery and floriculture advisor for San Diego and Riverside counties in southern California. My duties include conducting extension research and education programs with emphasis in improving...
January 13, 2016
Keirstan Kure’s path into the greenhouses at Penn State University (PSU) began when she was in high school. She did not grow up in a greenhouse or on a farm; she grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. But while she was in high school, the...
January 13, 2016
In the age of greenwashing, it’s easy for consumers and growers alike to receive mixed messages on what “organic” means. Organic certifying agencies and organic farming associations are re-launching marketing efforts to help eliminate the...
January 13, 2016
Welcome to Crossroads. We understand that you must wear many different hats in today’s greenhouse production, and we want to help you decide what needs your attention and what is not as critical. We will be trying to describe in the most...
January 13, 2016
In December, Pantone announced that the combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz would be the 2016 Color of the Year. Pantone’s experts say, “The color is a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace...
December 16, 2015
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are used throughout the floriculture production chain to inhibit or promote extension growth, inhibit or stimulate lowering, promote rooting or branching or inhibit flower senescence. Some are applied as cutting or...
December 16, 2015
‘Candy Bouquet’ is the newest offering in calibrachoa from the breeders at Westhoff. The blooms of ‘Candy Bouquet’have a truly unique brushwork- pattern bicolor. The petals are bright, fluorescent magenta with accents of brilliant sunny yellow...
December 16, 2015
Most perennials are fairly one dimensional, providing their strongest showing for a limited time or during a single season of the year. Tiarella, on the other hand, delivers a strong showing throughout the year offering interesting and attractive...
December 15, 2015
You may be familiar with greenhouse screens for their traditional uses to shade, conserve heat and even diffuse light. But could you be getting more from your curtains? Creative production reaps huge rewards, often in alternative uses for curtains...
December 15, 2015
Combination planters in the garden center isn't a new concept, but it continues to grow in significance for mass market growers. With more and more consumers having less time, less knowledge and less interest in traditional gardening, these ready-to...
December 15, 2015
Editor's Note: This is the fifth article in a series on research and education programs being performed at the University of California. The Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis was formed in 2005 by merging four historic departments:...
December 15, 2015
This is the final article in the “worst enemies” series and will cover some of the most important flowering crops from hydrangea, cyclamen and geranium to Easter lily, poinsettiaand orchids. The characteristics of potted flowering crops that ...