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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...
February 13, 2015
A-Rest and Abide are two plant growth retardants (PGRs) that contain the active ingredient ancymidol. They aren’t as commonly used in floriculture as most other PGRs, which could be attributed to ancymidol’s cost. However, there are some potential...
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...
October 08, 2014
The production of containerized floriculture crops often involves techniques to limit extension growth to produce compact plants. In some situations though, a grower may wish to increase plant height, such as when plants are too small for their...
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,...
October 09, 2013
Amaryllis (hippeastrum) is a popular bulb crop grown by greenhouse producers as pre-finished potted plants and marketed for major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother’s Day. Amaryllis are also often sold to consumers as dry bulbs...
August 06, 2013
Daminozide was one of the first plant growth retardants (PGRs) registered for use on agricultural crops. It was first registered in 1963 for use on potted chrysanthemums and was later approved for use on food crops. Although it is still commonly...
June 11, 2013
For many years, growers have been using the plant growth regulator (PGR) Florel on ornamental crops to abort flowers and flower buds, inhibit extension growth and promote lateral branching. Florel contains the active ingredient ethephon, which...
May 09, 2013
I am commonly asked what rate, chemical and/or application method of plant growth retardants (PGRs) to apply to various floriculture crops. Responding to such questions is difficult since the answers are so situational. There are different ways to...
April 16, 2013
A critical factor for effective use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) is that the solution is mixed in the appropriate proportion. Dilution mistakes, which are not uncommon, result in a lack of a plant response (from too little PGR) or an excessive...
April 16, 2013
The plant growth regulator (PGR) Florel has been used for many years as a foliar spray on a wide variety of ornamental crops as well as some food crops. Until recently, Florel was only thought to be effective when applied as a foliar spray. At the...
March 19, 2013
In floriculture, we have long been familiar with Florel sprays, whether for height control on hyacinths or daffodils, to abort flowers and promote of branching in many crops (such as geraniums and fall mums), or to induce flowering in bromeliads....
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