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April 13, 2015
Figure 1. Sprench applications of PGRs have become more popular on aggressive bedding plant crops such as petunia. I’ve noticed an increasing trend in the use of sprench applications of plant growth retardants (PGRs), especially by large-scale...
April 13, 2015
 Abalzin' salvia is currently offered in two colors: Tabasco and Purple. Salvia is one of the most traditional consumer gardening flowers, combining easy care and a long season of color with a host of other great traits. At one point salvia was...
April 13, 2015
‘Hipsters Zooey’ is heat tolerant and performs well across much of the country. Best leaf coloration occurs in locations with morning sun and afternoon shade. For more than twelve years I have featured a wide range of perennials in this column....
April 13, 2015
For years, the horticulture industry has been at the forefront of the sustainability discussion. Greenhouses and nurseries were using recycled materials and initiating waste-reduction plans long before other industries recognized the need for...
April 13, 2015
Vessel Bio Products is situated within the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s BioHio Research Park. The horticultural division of Vessel specializes in adapting the sustainable soil health methodologies the company developed in...
April 13, 2015
Western flower thrips are some of the most common and damaging insects found on plants grown in greenhouses. These insects have many characteristics that help them become pests; they have a short life cycle going from egg to adult in about two...
April 13, 2015
If you have only been growing one type of plant, for instance tropical foliage plants, you might think all plants get the same diseases. In my 35 years as a plant pathologist, I have worked on nearly all types of ornamentals from cut flowers to...
April 13, 2015
Of course you do! But do you know what 2015 is the Year of? Do coleus, gaillardia and sweet pepper sound familiar? They should, because those are the crops that the National Garden Bureau (NGB) has designated for its “Year of” program for 2015. Each...
'Festival Pink Lady'
March 11, 2015
While long known as a superior cut flower, gypsophila has only recently gained attention for its potential as an excellent pot plant, container plant and even for its ability to add interest in flower beds. The Festival series provides all of those...
‘Celestial Twilight’
March 11, 2015
Viola brings cheerfulness and nostalgia to any landscape. The Celestial series of viola from Darwin Perennials offers many desirable attributes and was selected for its winter hardiness, heat tolerance, early flowering and compact habit. There are...
Kniphofia hybrids
February 13, 2015
The Rockette series of kniphofia hybrids from EuroAmerican are new must-have genetics with distinct improvements on the classic perennial favorite: Red Hot Poker! Their uniquely textured grass-like foliage, continuous blooming habit and vibrant...
Ball Horticultural Co.
February 13, 2015
Candytuft has been a perennial favorite for its reliably early spring color. In spite of its early flowering and popularity with consumers, iberis has been known among many growers as a hit or miss crop. Many growers have struggled to produce...
January 13, 2015
Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’ stuns with soft blue-green foliage that emerges in the spring on upright arching, clumping plants. Bred by Dr. Mark Brand at the University of Connecticut, ‘Ruby Ribbons’ features foliage that takes on a wine-red...
January 13, 2015
Although not a recent introduction, Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokova’ has proven itself as a reliable perennial over the past couple of decades. Case in point, the members of the Perennial Plant Association (www.perennialplant.org) have selected ‘...
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...
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
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
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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