November 8, 2012
How To Grow Coreopsis
Coreopsis is a native North American plant with a wide range, growing naturally from Alaska to the southern tip of Florida. By selecting the right species, growers can find anything from USDA-Zone-3-hardy varieties to those that tolerate weeks of 100Â°F-plus temperatures. Coreopsis is useful in bedding schemes and can provide a nice foil for bold-leaved plants like heuchera. The vast color range allows them to be married with many foliage colors. They should not be forgotten when it comes to putting together fall containers, as the pumpkin- and orange-toned flowers work well with kale and squash. Coreopsis Culture Tips These varieties are great component plants and add a new color range for the container market. Different varieties require different culture. Use these guidelines when growing coreopsis: Media: Coreopsis prefers a well-drained media such as a 60/40 peat-perlite or peat-pumice mix. Drainage is absolutely essential to this genus, and high-peat mixes […]
September 25, 2012
Agastache In The Landscape
Agastache is a much-enjoyed North American genus of ornamental merit. This genus comprises a group of deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants that are showing extreme heat resistance. A number of species (of 16 total) are from Mexico and the Southwest desert, tolerating and blooming at temperatures of 100°F. Agastache Attracts Wildlife And Humans Alike In England, agastache are treasured as nectar sources for bees, butterflies and other insects. In the United States, the plants are aptly nicknamed hummingbird mint, as they are a huge attractor of hummingbirds. The color range goes from purple-blue through yellow, coral and orange. This adds much attraction for humans as well, especially because agastache is in full bloom around the time we are active in the garden. Some cooks use the young leaf tips in salads, and there are a number of teas that feature the anise-hyssop, which is another species of agastache,A. foeniculum. These plants are […]
September 25, 2012
Agastache: Production Advice
Media. Agastache prefer a well-drained media such as a 50/50 peat-perlite or pumice mix. Drainage holes in the pots should err on the larger side. Taller pots, like standard gallon pots, give the plant a better capillary column for drainage, and the soil weight should keep the plants from blowing over in the wind. Planting. Plant one 72-cell liner per 4-inch, 6-inch or gallon pot. Plants may be trimmed for mechanized planting. Agastache are not as sensitive to planting depth as other perennials since they are from the Lamiaceae (mint) family and readily root up the stem. It is advised, however, to make sure the top of the liner matches evenly with the top of the soil in the pot to prevent stem and crown rot. Fungicides at planting are usually not required. Those who prefer pot mulches should use non-organic mulches like turkey grit, or pot covers. Filbert shells, […]
August 6, 2012
Growing Hellebores In The Greenhouse
Hellebores might be the perfect perennial. What other plant has lustrous, handsome foliage and sumptuous flowers in an array of shapes and colors? What other plant tolerates dry as well as wet soils, has few pests and is deer-resistant? These plants are the first to greet the garden center customer in early spring. The cheerful flowers are a perfect complement to spring bulbs with foliage that persists until winter and acts as a foil for annuals and perennials in the summer. Tolerant of severe winters and hot, humid summers, hellebores fill an important niche in the landscape-plant market. They can handle sun as well as shade. In other words, they rock! Grower Tips Planting: Plant one 30-cell liner per 6-inch or gallon pot in well-drained media. Make sure not to cover the crown by planting too deeply. This is the most common failure. The soil level of the pot and […]
February 23, 2018
Sunshine Farm & Gardens to Supply Plants for Beijin…
The West Virginia-based nursery will be shipping plants bred and grown in West Virginia to China that will be used in the landscape of several Olympic venues in the February 2022 Winter Olympics.
February 22, 2018
Plant Breeders Emphasize Importance of Patent Protectio…
According to members of MarkWatch, plant patents are an important protection for plant breeders and also provide an incentive for them to invest the time and money to innovate and develop new plant varieties.
February 20, 2018
Thrips Causing Headaches? New Research Shows Bio-based …
Dr. Rose Buitenhuis will present practical knowledge for growers to implement immediately during Biocontrols West Conference in San Diego, March 7-9.
February 20, 2018
12 New Poinsettias and Succulents for Holiday Sales, Cr…
Poinsettias and succulents are both in-demand products with today’s consumers. Here’s a look at some of the newer introductions available for retail sales in 2018 and 2019.
February 20, 2018
Top 100 Growers Survey for 2018 Is Now Open!
Operations with more than 400,000 square feet of environmentally controlled production are eligible to take the survey, which provides valuable market knowledge on how the nation's largest growers are innovating, sourcing labor, keeping up with demand, and setting trends.
February 19, 2018
All-America Selections Names Latest Variety Winner, Ann…
All-America Selections (AAS), the 85-year-young non-profit plant trialing organization, had a very busy month of January.
February 17, 2018
Gotham Greens Building Second Greenhouse in Suburban Ch…
The new $12.5 million, 105,000-square-foot greenhouse will be near the company’s first Chicago greenhouse, and will be a free-standing structure.
February 15, 2018
Boxwood Blight, Seed Your Future Among Topics Receiving…
The Horticultural Research Institute recently announced the 10 research projects that will receive funding in 2018 to investigate challenges and solutions in production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing.
February 14, 2018
Spring Meadow Nursery Furthers Its Mission of Giving Ba…
The Spring Meadow-Proven Winners Endowment Fund through the Horticultural Research Institute has now topped $800,000, with more scholarships coming in 2018.
February 13, 2018
Don’t Let Your New Year’s Resolutions Fade …
Stuff got real in 2017, and it caused many of us to stop and reflect on the current state of the world, and how we can impact change — or at least improve our own situations. Life is too short, and we work too hard, to not use the annual renewal as an opportunity to take stock of our own personal lives, businesses, and careers, and make the necessary adjustments that will allow us to work smarter and live better. Even if you have already given up on your resolutions, perhaps you can think of January as a trial month and make February the month when you really get to work on your goals. And while I know it’s a difficult month to start on some of these changes, since you’re already immersed in the busy spring season, I promise that if you take some time to evaluate your reality […]
February 12, 2018
Calling All Designers: Enter the International Plantsca…
Applications are being accepted through April 13 for AmericanHort’s International Plantscape Awards, which recognize achievements in interior plantscape design, installation, creativity, renovation, and innovation.
February 11, 2018
Bayer Has New Turf and Ornamentals Global Market Manage…
Jose Milan will be focused on helping growers deal with regulatory issues, while promoting the environmental benefits the ornamentals industry offers.
February 10, 2018
Applications for Dümmen Orange’s Dr. P. Allen Hammer Sc…
Named for Dr. P. Allen Hammer in acknowledgment of the contributions he has made to the floriculture industry, the scholarship is intended to extend Dr. Hammer’s legacy by supporting the next generation of floriculture students.
February 9, 2018
Garden Retailers at TPIE Highlight Their Favorite Produ…
A team of garden retailers once again participated in the 2018 Tropical Plants Industry Expo Cool Product Awards.
February 8, 2018
Who Will Be Our 2018 Head Grower of the Year and Operat…
The deadline for submitting nominations is fast approaching, so be sure to let us know who you feel is most deserving of these awards!