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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’...
November 14, 2015
The gerbera daisy continues to be one of the most recognizable and popular flowers in garden centers. Consumers love the wide variety of colors and the nostalgic daisy flower that works in an array of pot sizes and containers. With such high demand...
November 14, 2015
What can make a great perennial better? Cross it with another great perennial. That’s exactly what breeders did with stachys ‘Lilac Falls’. Although it’s listed as stachys, ‘Lilac Falls’ is a new intergeneric hybrid cross between stachys and lamium...
October 23, 2015
This very special Asclepias curassavica has beautiful green and white variegated foliage that is tinged with red, orange and pink leaf tips. The bright orange-red flower attracts Monarch butterflies and many other species of butterflies, bees and...
October 23, 2015
Gaillardia are one of the most recognizable and popular perennials in production today. With its flower power, this perennial staple can be produced for sales in the spring, summer or fall. Over the past decade or so, breeding efforts have...
September 23, 2015
One of the key economic stories shaping the last half of 2015 is when and by how much the Federal Reserve will raise its federal funds rate. The federal funds rate — the overnight rate for bank-to-bank lending — is the Fed’s chief monetary policy...
September 23, 2015
"A Shade Better” is the company motto at Red Oak Greenhouse. Their goal is to provide retail customers (and end-consumers) with the highest quality products and best service possible. Founded in 1879 as a local flower shop in southwestern Iowa, Red...
September 22, 2015
A common question I’m asked is what the best lighting strategy is to promote early spring flowering of bedding plants and/ or herbaceous perennials. The answer to such a question is situational, depending in part on the crops being grown, the...
September 22, 2015
In recent years, coreopsis has become one of the most popular genera of perennials. It’s easy to see why when you witness their eye-catching display of vibrant blooms. The past decade has brought a colorful palette of new coreopsis cultivars to the...
September 22, 2015
It’s not that often a new variety comes along that captivates the industry with not only its stunning appearance, but also possesses the attributes of easy-to-grow, long-lasting shelf-life, great garden performance throughout the season, and the...
September 22, 2015
At Pacific Plug & Liner we continually strive to be one of the must-see stops along the Spring Trials circuit. Our goal is to display a wide selection of new introductions, not only our own but many from different vendors, including Cohen,...
September 22, 2015
Peat has played an important role in horticulture for decades, but concerns over rising costs and environmental effects caused by its harvest have spurred on efforts to find alternative media components. Similarly, environmental issues related to...
September 22, 2015
Editors note: this is the second article in a series on research and education programs being performed at the University of California. My laboratory has focused on the broad area of (integrated pest management) IPM in floriculture for more than 35...
September 22, 2015
I have been around the industry since the age of 3. My father (Dallas Johnson) started Red Oak Greenhouses in 1967. When I was a kid, the greenhouses were kind of my playground. I remember the African Violets, pot mums and all the foliage back then...
September 22, 2015
For the past 16 years, GPN and Nexus Greenhouse Corp. have been recognizing outstanding college students with the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship. Each year we get an outstanding crop of applicants — students that are doing amazing things...
August 05, 2015
Eager to reinvent the category of strawflowers, we’re excited to introduce the vastly superior Cottage series of bracteantha from Westhoff. Unlike the old-fashioned strawflowers, the Cottage series combines the most disease-resistant genetics...
August 05, 2015
 In recent years, breeders have been working diligently to improve the attributes of bee balm. The monarda Balmy series is a great example of these efforts. The Balmy series is compact,  has very mildew resistant foliage and produces an...
July 09, 2015
Beedance bidens drew a swarm of attention during the 2015 California Spring Trials, where visitors saw them in whimsical retail displays, mass plantings and combination baskets. And the plants live up to their name! Bees were dancing all over the...