May 25, 2017
Allan Armitage: Two Great Examples of Young People Moving the Industry Forward
In his latest column, Allan Armitage says perhaps we should, as an industry, extend our hands to our youngest members. We might be pleasantly surprised what happens.
May 2, 2017
Allan Armitage: How Growers Can Be Creative to Take Gardening Convenience to the Next Level
Our industry does a good job of making things convenient for our customers. It’s time to take it a step further.
April 11, 2017
Begonias, Celosias Among Dr. Allan Armitage’s Favorites From Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova at California Spring Trials
Check out some of Allan’s top picks from his final day at CAST 2017, which included visits to Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova.
April 6, 2017
Dr. Allan Armitage’s Top Picks From Ball and GroLink At California Spring Trials 2017
Here are Dr. Allan Armitage’s five variety picks, plus one display, from on Day 5 of CAST 2017.
April 2, 2017
CAST 2017: Dr. A’s Top 5 Picks From Danziger, Syngenta Flowers, and Proven Winners
On day one of California Spring Trials 2017, Dr. Allan Armitage reveals the five plants that most caught his attention.
March 23, 2017
Allan Armitage: Plant Consumers Don’t Talk About Varieties; They Talk About Solutions
Allan Armitage says it's time to get in touch with our true audience and market plant solutions, not plant products.
March 7, 2017
Allan Armitage: Why You Should Focus on the Functionality of New Plants
New crops are great, but Armitage says selling plants by function makes more sense.
January 25, 2017
Allan Armitage Describes Veggies, Shade Plants, and Climbers That Can Help You Find Success in 2017
Here's a look at plants that could help you with successful growing in 2017.
December 30, 2016
Allan Armitage: Plants That Can Bring Success in the New Year
Are you wondering which plants to grow? Here are some perennials, annuals, and herbs that are gaining popularity.
November 23, 2016
Allan Armitage: Relax, There Are More Plant Enthusiasts Than We Think
When times get tough, we would do well to remember that there are people of all types still interested in plants.
October 27, 2016
Allan Armitage: Plants I Am Finally Seeing More Of (About Time!)
Here are four plants showing up more often in the garden and landscape that are set to make a comeback.
September 22, 2016
Allan Armitage Suggests Plants That “Even My Neighbors Will Try”
When the urge to garden strikes, every homeowner needs a few plants like these for their yard.
May 31, 2016
Allan Armitage: Three Trends (Good And Bad) That Caught My Eye At Spring Trials
We need to put the same energies we invest into California Spring Trials to get plants into consumers’ hands and encourage young people in the industry to attend.
April 28, 2016
Why Ornamental Grasses Are Great For People In Condos And Apartments
Allan Armitage says breeders need to do a better job of making growers, brokers, and garden centers aware of better ornamental grass cultivars for the increasingly shrinking garden space.
June 23, 2017
Greenbelt Microgreens is a Finalist for the 2017 Operat…
Winner of the Excellence in Innovation Award, Greenbelt Microgreens is constantly staying on top of the latest trends in technology,
June 22, 2017
Japanese Breeder Ushio Sakazaki Wins Medal of Excellenc…
From Supertunias to Superbells, this innovative Japanese breeder has used wild genetics to create game-changing plants that help consumers reconnect with the beauty of nature.
June 21, 2017
New Tool from Koppert Provides More Effective Thrips Ma…
A newly patented sachet for the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii is resistant to both low and high levels of humidity, helping growers combat thrips infestations.
June 20, 2017
Dümmen Orange Enters Calla Market With Acquisition of G…
Golden State will continue to supply the market through September 2018, at which time Dümmen Orange will assume supply and delivery of much of Golden State’s product line.
June 20, 2017
Sign Up For The Luxflora Flower Run At Cultivate’17
The5k walk/run race, sponsored by Luxflora, is an opportunity for industry members to network, build relationships, have some healthy fun, and start off Cultivate’17 with a flourish.
June 19, 2017
IGC Show Features Talks on How to Cash in on the Buy Lo…
This year’s event, which takes place Aug. 15-17 in Chicago, also includes a free workshop on what you might do when starting your business over from scratch.
June 18, 2017
Protect Your Employees from Heat-Related Illnesses with…
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have released an updated app for smart phones that can help workers stay safe when working outdoors in hot weather.
June 17, 2017
Visser, Ball Partner on New Sticking Technology for Cut…
The new AutoStix system is designed to provide better consistency and uniformity with shipped cuttings, easier and more reliable counting, automatic transplanting, and optional buffering in the peak season.
June 16, 2017
Five Guidelines to Investing in Software for Your Green…
Any software improvement you make should make sense for your team and be worth the investment.
June 15, 2017
Greenhouse Grower’s 2017 Evening Of Excellence Will Rec…
Registration is now open for the 2017 Greenhouse Grower Evening Of Excellence, which takes place Monday, July 17, during Cultivate’17.
June 14, 2017
Plantpeddler Hosting Variety Day on Aug. 4 in Cresco, I…
The free event will allow attendees to tour Plantpeddler’s trial gardens, which include more than 1,200 varieties of vegetative annuals displayed in large containers, baskets, window boxes, and beds.
June 13, 2017
Are Your Geraniums Showing Signs of Iron or Manganese T…
Zonal geraniums with low pH can exhibit iron and manganese toxicity symptoms, including marginal chlorosis, leaf speckling, and upward-cupping of the leaves, according to Michigan State University experts.
June 13, 2017
New Research Explores Potential of Using Steam or Hot W…
USDA-Agricultural Research Service horticulturist Dr. James Altland is exploring an alternative method for controlling weeds in greenhouse propagation systems by using steam or hot water to kill weed seeds.
June 12, 2017
How to Improve Customer Success by Adding Residual Fert…
Even if it costs a few cents more per pot or extra labor, your customers will thank you with repeat sales.
June 9, 2017
New Head Grower at Emerald Coast Growers is Excited abo…
Jonathan Babikow, Emerald Coast Growers’ new general manager/head grower for its Lancaster, PA, location, talks about his favorite perennials, the advantages of growing in Pennsylvania, and his future hopes for his career.
June 8, 2017
AmericanHort Update on Genetically Engineered Petunias
AmericanHort is actively assisting affected plant breeders, distributors, growers, and retailers as the genetically modified petunia regulatory response continues. Since the last update, there have been several changes to the list of petunias confirmed or suspected of being genetically engineered and therefore unauthorized to be imported or sold. Also, the list of recognized laboratories for petunia variety confirmation testing has expanded. Most importantly, petunia varieties on the USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) list require an APHIS Form 2000 for importation. APHIS also began requiring that any Petunia spp. Shipments, not including regulated GE varieties, must be accompanied by a list of variety names. This resulted in some inspection delays at the USDA-APHIS plant inspection station in Atlanta over the past two weeks. In response, AmericanHort has negotiated a more flexible approach with APHIS, and new guidance has just been posted for importing Petunia plants, cuttings, or seed. The new guidance allows […]
June 8, 2017
Bailey Nurseries Expo to Take Place in Late July in Min…
This year’s expo will focus on bridging the gap with Millennials and non-gardeners through creative marketing, engaging in-store displays, and heightened customer service.