December 15, 2015
Sheridan Nurseries Named Greenhouse Grower’s Operation Of The Year
Sheridan Nurseries was named Operation of the Year at Greenhouse Grower’s Evening of Excellence, held July 13, at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio. The company was also awarded for Excellence In Perennials Prouction, based on its reputation for plant quality and the activities the nursery has led and been a part of, both within its company and in the industry at large. Sheridan Nurseries is Canada’s largest grower of hardy nursery plants and has been in business for more than a century, having opened in 1913. The operation has two production facilities with a combined 900 acres, plus eight retail garden centers. Its Norval, Ontario, facility includes 83 acres and 340,000 square feet of heated production space. There, Sheridan grows annuals, perennials and vines and propagates its own nursery stock liners. Woody plants, including trees, shrubs, evergreens and broadleaf evergreens, are produced at its Glen Williams, Ontario, container and field nursery, which […]
November 2, 2015
SBI Software’s Solutions Help Simplify Logistics For Greenhouse Shipping
The company focuses on helping growers improve their existing processes with solutions for site fulfillment, replenishment, inventory management and more.
October 14, 2015
New On-Demand Printer Provides Durable, High-Quality Tags
New technology in on-demand printing will soon be available to growers from Primera Technology Incorporated. The GP3000, a new on-demand, full-color tag, stake and label printer, prints on both sides of tags, stakes and labels with inks that are highly water- and UV-resistant.
October 2, 2015
MasterTag Integrates Technology Into Plant Tags And Packaging
There are many ways for new technology to be integrated into plant tags, packaging and displays to better inform and engage the consumer. Andy Higgins of MasterTag shares some of the ways this is becoming a reality.
September 20, 2015
Technology Improves Orchid Production At Green Circle Growers
Green Circle Growers in Oberlin, Ohio, has a commitment to using production practices that are efficient and sustainable. The operation has been growing Orchids for nine years, and is entering its second full year with its current system, which entails three camera grades. “The camera grading — first at production into a 5-inch pot, then 12 weeks later and a final grade after the stem and buds have developed — is raising our overall quality,” says Wesley Van Wingerden, director of growing for Green Circle Growers. Greenhouse Grower visited the operation to take a tour of its facilities and learn more about its Orchid production. Read on for more details about the process. The first of the camera grades is incorporated into the transplant process, which involves placing the Orchids from a community tray into 5-inch pots. The plants are separated into three sizes with the smallest returning to the […]
September 19, 2015
Retailer To Grower: Why Aren’t Garden Stores Letting Growers Help Them?
Have you ever sat around at a family gathering and heard someone recount a story from your childhood, except knowing your own version of the story, it’s something that casts an entirely new light on everything you think you experienced? It seems like that dynamic happens a lot between growers and retailers. Both sides know the same story, but each version is so different, it’s like two unconnected stories. This came to mind when I was talking with a regional grower, Elmer Grosser, who owns Cincinnati-based Diefenbacher Greenhouses. The operation serves about 50 customers — an even mix of local garden stores and landscapers. Grosser first came to my attention last fall, when one of his customers, Chris McKeown of Bloomin’ Garden Centre, told me I needed to call Grosser, because he was a great example of a grower who cares about retail. When Grosser and I connected, he was […]
September 16, 2015
SAF Honors Industry Members At Annual Convention
Various industry members were awarded for their achievements in floriculture on September 12 during the the Society of American Florists (SAF) 131st Annual Convention. The convention, SAF Amelia Island 2015, took place in Amelia Island, Fla. Alex Laurie Award: Terry Ferriss, Ph.D. The 2015 recipient of the SAF Alex Laurie Award is Terry L. Ferriss, Ph.D., a professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Ferriss was the first tenured female faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) and the first woman to serve as a department chair and as associate dean in the college. She helped reintroduce Freesia to the commercial cut flower market. Ferriss retired, after 36 years in academia, in May 2015. “Terry is tireless in all she does and her intensity has not diminished in the years since she began her faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls,” […]
September 15, 2015
Costa Farms Supports National Indoor Plant Week With College Radio Tour
Costa Farms kicked off National Indoor Plant Week (Sept. 14-18) with radio interviews and giveaways to help college student’s makeover over their dorms. Justin Hancock, Costa Farms’ garden expert, is sharing tips on college radio shows this week for keeping dorm rooms stylish and healthy to inspire the next generation of gardeners. “This event creates a national effort to increase awareness of the immense value of live indoor plants,” says Hancock. “There are so many reasons to include houseplants in our lives.” National Indoor Plant Week brings together several organizations that are committed to the value of indoor plants. Costa Farms, the world’s largest producer of houseplants, is lending their support by teaching college students across the country how to care for plants in their dorm rooms. Hancock will be interviewed on college radio stations across the country including the University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Villanova University, Temple University and University of […]
September 12, 2015
To Understand Your Next Consumers, Look Beyond Millennials
There seems to be a constant stream of content in the media about Millennials and their habits and characteristics, particularly as consumers. But, what if they’re not the ones to be focusing on? A recent article in Food Business News is saying that they’re not. Instead, it suggests shifting the focus to the next generation. The article states that, according to bestselling author Matt Walsh, the most disruptive group of future food consumers was born in 2007. With gardening consumers becoming increasingly interested growing their own food, changes to the food industry will likely impact the horticulture industry, as well. “If you understand how an 8-year-old thinks, you’re a long way toward really understanding a transformative change in consumer behavior,” says Walsh, CEO of innovation research lab Tomorrow, during a July 13 presentation at the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition in Chicago. When an 8-year-old makes […]
September 11, 2015
AmericanHort’s NextLevel Event Will Offer Opportunity To Work On Your Business
AmericanHort is inviting high-level professionals to attend NextLevel, an event that aims to help the industry’s business owners, managers and emerging leaders raise the bar for themselves and their companies. The event will be January 18 to 20, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. NextLevel is a first-class experience that offers owners, managers and emerging leaders a fresh perspective of their business. While it’s all too easy on a day-to-day basis to get caught up in administrative tasks, NextLevel is an opportunity to focus on company culture, vision, marketing strategy, succession planning and more. Susie Raker, AmericanHort Board Member and head of sales at C. Raker & Sons, Inc., recommends the NextLevel conference as “one of the only conferences that I attend where I disconnect myself from day-to-day business operations to actually work on my business, and not in my business. It is a great venue to interact with other business owners and managers. I’ve […]
September 9, 2015
5 Innovations In Pots And Trays
These offerings can help save water, streamline production or help make products stand out at the retail level. Read on for more information about the latest improvements in pot and tray technology. AquaSav Hanging Baskets (Pride Garden Products) Growers looking for an eco-friendly hanging basket will likely be interested in the bestselling AquaSav line from Pride Garden Products. While the Jute AquaSav is a popular option for growers and retailers alike, the company’s new Artisan line, which features water-saving, root-boosting AquaSav liners in plastic baskets, offers an eye-catching alternative to basic wire options. “Our new Artisan hanging basket debuted at Cultivate ’15 and was a huge hit,” says Deborah Oesterling, vice president of sales. “The Plaid Artisan has a 3G soil volume, making it our largest hanging basket in the Artisan collection.” Pride Garden also offers Vine and Rattan Woodland hanging baskets. pridegardenproducts.com Custom-Tailored Capillary Mats (WaterPulse) Whether they’re being used in […]
September 9, 2015
Manufacturers Weigh In On Popular Pots, Trendy Trays
In addition to labor woes and transportation debacles, growers collectively (and consistently) gripe about another category: plastics. The good news is that better pots and trays are just around the corner. Here, manufacturers weigh in on the latest trends and discuss the eco-friendly, cost-effective future of plastics, and reveal the latest and greatest products on the market today. Going, Going Green As the rest of the industry finds new ways to reduce its carbon footprint, plastics often get a bad rap for ending up in landfills and staying there for years to come. Luckily, plastics manufacturers are hip to the green trend. Many continue to explore biodegradable, compostable and recyclable options. “The biopolymer technology is improving quickly,” says James P. Chittum, director of business development for Grow-Tech, who sees this as a promising move for the industry. “Right now, it’s more expensive, but the prices are coming down as these […]
September 8, 2015
Stepables Unveils New Line Of Ground Covers Available To Growers
Under A Foot Plant Company and the Stepables brand has created a new line of groundcovers available to all growers in North America and beyond. Project Perfect-All Terrain Ground Covers makes it easy for homeowners to buy groundcovers, while helping them maintain an environmentally friendly and drought-conscientious plan for their landscape. All Terrain Ground Covers is a new, all encompassing groundcover line that is customizable to each grower’s list of plant offerings. A grower may now create a whole new line of groundcovers under the brand umbrella of Stepables, and market Project Perfect-All Terrain Ground Covers to their various retail markets. There are hundreds of groundcovers that could be sold under this umbrella, from sedums and sempervivums, to ferns and heucheras, along with the tried and true pachysandra and hypericum. In addition, Under A Foot Plant Company has created an easily identifiable Drought-Wise campaign for spring 2016 that strategically targets consumers dealing with drought conditions and […]
September 3, 2015
Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Operation Of The Year Sheridan Nurseries Raises The Bar
Ontario-based Sheridan Nurseries has long been an innovator in the Canadian market, but during the economic downturn, CEO Karl Stensson says the company decided to take things a step further. “We have survived the Great Depression, two World Wars and many other downturns in the economy,” he says. “During this last recession, our staff set out at being the best at what we do.” The company’s efforts have paid off. Sheridan Nurseries was named Operation of the Year at Greenhouse Grower’s Evening of Excellence, held July 13, at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio. The company was also awarded for Excellence In Perennials Production, based on its reputation for plant quality and the activities the nursery has led and been a part of, both within its company and in the industry at large. “We are elated and proud of our staff accomplishments,” says CEO Karl Stensson. “Over the last five years, we […]
September 2, 2015
Under Siege? Not Really, Just Go For A Walk
I have no trouble with people buying chocolates or wine instead of flowers to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays or peoples’ lives. We should all have choices. However, the other night I felt like I was entering the Republican caucus. I was minding my own business by the television set and became more than a little upset. A website called insteadofflowers.com came on the screen. It provided serene music and wholesome images of busy women doing busy things. It turns out that such busy women enjoy a small token of appreciation, but apparently their enjoyment, according to the voice-over, does not include flowers. This website delivers meals to the house, anything from beef brisket to beef bourguignon. It is a fine website with a good idea. But why pick on us? Why not use “insteadofbaloneysandwiches.com” or “insteadofgrilledcheeseandsoup.com,” “insteadofburgerdoodle.com,” or a dozen other things. When did flowers get to be the whipping boy? […]
September 2, 2015
OHP Launches Triathlon BA, Offers Marengo SC In Smaller Size
Triathlon BA biofungicide/bactericide is now available to authorized OHP distributors for shipment to states where product registration has been approved. State registration information is available here. A next generation preventive biological fungicide, bactercide Triathlon BA is labeled for use in both organic and conventional production on a wide variety of fungal and bacterial diseases on ornamentals, fruits, vegetables and herbs and spices. With the active ingredient Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Triathlon BA provides preventive control of many foliar and soil-borne diseases such as botrytis, powdery mildew, downy mildew, rusts, leaf spots, alternaria, pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia, fusarium and bacterial spot. Triathlon BA, an aqueous suspension formulation, prevents establishment of disease-causing fungi and bacteria on the plant tissues. Depending on the target disease, users can foliar-apply or soil drench Triathlon BA. Repeat applications may be made at three- to 28-day intervals. Under environmental conditions that are conducive to disease development, users may apply at three- to […]
September 1, 2015
GROwing Floriculture Research And Extension
Research and outreach efforts help keep floriculture production profitable. With seemingly continuous budget cuts to university and federal budgets, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to sustain their programs and to keep making a positive impact on the industry. So what can be done to ensure that the industry will keep getting the research and outreach support it has come to rely on? There already is a variety of funding programs that support research and Extension programs in our industry. This funding is critical for many floriculture research and outreach programs. What can we do to leverage that funding and make sure it has the biggest possible impact? A program that I was part of in 2010 may serve as a model. LAUNCH was co-founded by NASA, NIKE, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State as a program to help make innovative ideas become a […]
September 1, 2015
Growing Solutions Farm Gains New Native Plant Garden
Growing Solutions Farm, a Chicago-based vocational therapeutic garden for young adults with autism, is now the home of a pollinator-friendly native plant habitat. The raised-bed native plant display was added thanks to a donation from American Beauties Native Plants and Midwest Groundcovers, who partnered to donate 220 pollinator-friendly plants. It comes on the heels of a 2014 fundraiser hosted by the National Garden Bureau, which was able to donate more than $44,000 in cash, products and supplies to the farm by the end of 2014. “Last year, during the IGC Chicago Show, I took several guests over to Growing Solutions Farm,” says Diane Blazek of National Garden Bureau. “One of those guests, Peggy Anne Montgomery, was so inspired by this project that she and American Beauties Natives worked with Midwest Groundcovers to make this donation a reality. It’s so nice that the farm now has the plants they need to […]
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!
February 8, 2018
Learn the Basics of Biocontrols for Controlled Environm…
Growers producing crops in protected structures, including ornamentals, vegetable crops, and cannabis, can learn about effective sanitation, banker plants, and buying and using beneficials and predatory insects at the Biocontrols USA West Conference in San Diego, March 3-7.