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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...
December 12, 2014
MLD: One of the things that costs growers dearly is guessing what is wrong with their crops. I wish they would seek the help of a diagnostic lab rather than blaming themselves or jumping to conclusions about which pest or pathogen is lousing up...
December 10, 2014
As we head into the last month of the year and the 2014 version of Old Man Winter begins to settle in, now is a good time to sit back and reflect on the year that was.  I think most people will agree that last winter was pretty ugly. Record...
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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