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August 26, 2014
As those of us who deal with Congress often say, it’s a year divisible by two. The entire House of Representatives is up for grabs, as is one-third of the Senate. Republicans seem to have a tailwind. They are likely to hold the House, and have a...
August 26, 2014
The lifeblood of every business is revenue, and we all want more of it. When it comes to generating it, you only have four options: 1. Sell more of the same stuff to existing clients (greater market penetration). 2. Sell to new clients (market...
August 26, 2014
Growth has always been key to Olson’s Greenhouse’s success. What started as a hobby and small operation in 1942 for Roy Olson has turned into a large business under his grandson and current owner Bart Olson.  Headquartered in Salem, Utah, the...
August 26, 2014
“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words ... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are...
August 26, 2014
What does leadership look like or smell like? Why are some leaders better than others? Do you know what your leadership style is? Do others think you are a good or a great leader? How often do you look in the mirror and see your leadership...
August 18, 2014
Plant growth retardants are routinely applied to inhibit extension growth to keep plants short and compact. Although effective, growers are sometimes interested in other ways to control plant height, particularly on edible crops such as vegetables...
August 18, 2014
Bossa Nova, a Begonia boliviensis introduced this spring from Floranova, is a fantastic new option for use in dramatic hanging baskets, colorful combination planters and a variety of other applications where continuous color-power is needed all...
August 18, 2014
Echinacea has become a mainstay in the American landscape. Although this perennial genera is not new to the industry, the last decade has seen an abundance of colorful new cultivars hitting the marketplace and reviving the interest of a traditional...
August 18, 2014
What do you think most consumers are looking at when they are standing in front of a retail plant display? Most growers would probably say it’s the plants if they’ve done a good job of producing a quality crop. The answer might vary for plant...
August 18, 2014
Water-soluble fertilizers (WSF) are the principal fertilizer type used by greenhouse growers. WSF are made from soluble nutrient raw materials that are mixed into stock tanks and delivered via injectors through an irrigation system. Controlled-...
August 18, 2014
Many greenhouses today have backend systems that are used for processing orders, maintaining their production, keeping an accurate inventory and tracking labor. For many, access to these backend systems means being at your desk where you can access...
August 18, 2014
Biochar is charred organic matter that remains after a process called pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is a thermochemical decomposition of organic matter. In this process, organic matter is subjected to extremely high temperatures (200 to 800° C) in the...
August 18, 2014
ARC:  I know most plant pathologists recommend preventive disease control and most growers practice “curative” programs. It’s just human nature to wait until evidence of a problem presents itself before acting. What are your most compelling...
August 18, 2014
The health of the plants in your greenhouses corellates directly to the health of your business. If your plants aren’t healthy then, most likely, your bottom line is probably looking a little sickly too. To help you produce healthy and profitable...
July 09, 2014
Application of plant growth retardants (PGRs) is the most common technique used by greenhouse growers to control crop height. When used at an appropriate rate and volume, PGRs can elicit desirable results, such as improving crop quality. However,...
July 09, 2014
This year, Selecta introduces all-new genetics of interspecific impatiens for a great opportunity to grow and merchandise a shade product with confidence. Bounce is highly resistant to Impatiens Downy Mildew, making it the best replacement option...
July 09, 2014
If you like Oriental lilies, the spectacular new Roselily series of double Orientals from Zabo Plant may soon become your new favorite type of Oriental lily. This series features double flowering cultivars, which are pollen free and have a light,...
July 09, 2014
When I started at the University of Florida in the early 1980s, we had no effective products for biological control of diseases. It was the time frame when many of our industry standard fungicides were being developed including chlorothalonil,...
July 09, 2014
Water shortage and poor water quality are critical challenges to gardening and landscaping in many regions of the world and will no doubt continue to challenge our industry. With rapid increases in urban populations and industrial development, the...
July 09, 2014
As the title of this article implies, ‘research’ is literally, and figuratively, our middle name. We are the Greenhouse Production Research Group (GPRG), a part of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The Agriculture Research Service is...