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July 09, 2015
Many large-scale commercial growers utilize automated booms to deliver water, nutrient solutions, pesticides and/or plant growth regulators to crops. Some growers have also installed lights on their booms to deliver photoperiodic lighting to promote...
July 09, 2015
With its aromatic herbal attributes and landscape presence, the demand for lavender continues to increase.  English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most commonly grown lavender, but Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) has many...
July 09, 2015
Pinpoint accurate forecasting helps Bela Flor Nurseries meet demand without spoilage or delays. When it comes to customer satisfaction, few criteria rank as high as receiving things on time. Whether you’re talking about your hourly news fix, your...
July 09, 2015
Today, fresh water supplies for agriculture/horticulture are a serious matter. For some, future supplies are questionable. Many growers are faced with water use restrictions. It’s not a surprise that officials often feel that water is needed more...
July 09, 2015
In June, you read about some of the overall trends we observed during our week-long trek through California. This month, we would like to focus on the impressive new varieties that made their debut in April. These introductions stood out and grabbed...
July 09, 2015
When I was young, the United States had a vital localized independent distribution of flowering plants. Big box stores did not exist, and yes we still wrote using stone tablets, and bread was a nickel a loaf… but in all seriousness, even in the Los...
July 09, 2015
In May, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) surveyed more than 2,000 adults to “understand attitudes and perceptions about yards and landscapes.” More specifically, they wanted to find out how important it is to have a yard,...
June 10, 2015
Light and temperature are two of the most commonly manipulated environmental factors in greenhouse crop production. Supplemental lighting is useful during light-limiting conditions, while during high-light conditions, shading is often used to help...
June 10, 2015
The Go Go series is available in seven colors. Orange is pictured. Here I go again, this month I’m featuring another perennial that is not fully hardy across much of the country. Why do I occasionally feature such plants? Well sometimes there are...
June 10, 2015
Growers like Sustainable Local Foods use LED lighting to produce plants year round while keeping costs down. As many growers have found out over the course of human history, even the sun needs some help from time to time. It’s estimated that between...
June 10, 2015
'Veranda Lavender’  Roses have long captured the imagination, from William Shakespeare’s “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” (“Romeo and Juliet”) or analogies about life using the imagery of a rose – “Some people grumble that roses...
June 10, 2015
Preparation of water samples to determine how PGRs influence the final spray solution pH. Plant growth regulators (PGRs) have become a common and necessary tool in greenhouse production to produce plants of appropriate size, quality and in flower...
June 10, 2015
The most common diseases on any group of ornamentals is based on a number of factors including how the plants are propagated, where they are utilized (landscape, indoors, bouquets) and what conditions the plants require for best growth. Herbaceous...
June 10, 2015
Each spring, growers and other horticulture professionals travel the California coast to get a sneak peek into the new varieties and trends that are in the pipeline for the coming season.   Each year, Team GPN joins in the week-long adventure...
June 10, 2015
The housing industry was hit hard by the economic recession. Growers and garden retailers felt a lot of that pain since no one was buying plants, trees and shrubs to decorate their new homes. But that is starting to change as the economy recovers...
May 12, 2015
Rex begonias are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of South and Central America, Africa and Asia. They have advanced as understory plants requiring a good amount of shade to flourish. The rex begonia varieties available today are...
May 12, 2015
Demand for eco-friendly brands continues to increase in horticulture and beyond, and growers have responded by placing increased focus on local and organic programs. But what makes a retail plant “green” is more than the color of its leaves — the...
May 12, 2015
Gardens in 2015 are seeing bold colors and drought-resistant, easy-to-care-for plants that are suitable for containers, borders and landscapes. Each year, GPN compiles a list of award-winning varieties for the year to share with readers. Judges have...
May 12, 2015
This year marks the fourth edition of GPN’s 40 Under 40 program. Like the previous three classes, the members of the Class of 2015 are truly special. The 40 individuals in this year’s class represent all facets of horticulture, but they all have one...
May 12, 2015
Plant protection of greenhouse-grown horticultural crops requires a basic knowledge of the biology, behavior, and life cycle of the most common insect and mite pests such as aphids, whiteflies, thrips, and spider mites. It also requires a...
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