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September 11, 2014
The high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamp is the most popular lamp type to deliver high-intensity, supplemental lighting in greenhouse crop production. The traditional HPS lamp has an electromagnetic ballast, but newer models have electronic ballasts that...
September 11, 2014
The Anytime pansiola series is a great new line of viola hybrid that combines the slightly larger flower size of pansies with the flower number and performance of violas. This series makes both spring and fall production of violas easier and faster...
September 11, 2014
Helenium is a genera of perennials that has been increasing in popularity in recent years. Some of the recent demand likely stems from its mid- to late-summer bloom time; Helen’s flower peaks when most summer flowering perennials are on the decline...
September 11, 2014
Pacific Plug & Liner is a must-see stop along the Spring Trials tour to find a wide selection of new introductions from many different vendors. And with Cultivaris added to the mix, you will not find any stop with more variety. In keeping with...
September 11, 2014
In the December 2013 issue of GPN, we published an article that discussed the development of a physiological disorder known as intumescence. For those who may be unfamiliar, intumescences are small bumps or protrusions that develop on the surface of...
September 11, 2014
Bedding plant plug production is an integral part of the floriculture industry. The bulk of production occurs in late winter or early spring to meet spring and summer sale dates. Unfortunately, this is also when the outdoor photosynthetic daily...
September 11, 2014
Container-grown herbaceous perennials have serious weed problems with few or no weed management tools. This article will discuss some cultural, chemical and non-chemical methods for controlling weeds in herbaceous perennial production.  Start...
September 11, 2014
ARC:  How important are cultural controls when you help a grower minimize a disease? I know I like to spend 90 percent of the discussion on water management, using pathogen-free seeds or liners, and giving the plant the best nutrition. Then I...
September 11, 2014
Does your company have an intern program? If so, did you have the opportunity to work with an exceptional college student this year who you think really has a bright future in our industry? If you worked with a student like that, please let him or...
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...