March 22, 2017
An Inside Look at Emerald Coast Growers’ New Seed House
Florida-based liner producer Emerald Coast Growers custom retrofitted and expanded an existing greenhouse, with the goal of increasing production efficiency.
December 1, 2016
How Color Point Is Stopping Cart Theft With Plastic Shelves
Plastic shelving on carts acts as a deterrent to theft, and employees enjoy the benefits of being able to handle the racks without difficulty or injuries.
November 24, 2014
Biomass Six Years Later: Would Pleasant View Do It Again?
Pleasant View gardens installed its first biomass boiler six years ago and has added a second one since. Now it’s reaping the benefits of lower heating costs and dollars saved.
September 11, 2014
3D Hits Hort: Technology Streamlines Pot Production
McConkey Company changes the game in customized pot designs with 3D printing.
November 12, 2012
How To Produce A Great Catalog
When getting started with a catalog, the first step is to decide who’ll take the lead on this mammoth undertaking. Do you have someone in-house who can take it on or likes that type of work? That’s one option to consider. It’s also important to consider the level of work you expect. Unless the proper training is there, you’ll likely not receive the caliber of work you’d get from professionals who create catalogs regularly as their primary job. Outsource Or Divide And Conquer Most importantly, analyze this project like you would any project with your business. It’s easy for projects like these — ones that are completely different than what your team is accustomed to — to capture a huge amount of your staff’s time and energy. Figure out what’s the best use of time for your team and how you can accomplish the goal most effectively, economically and efficiently. […]
May 21, 2012
Black Shade Cloth Versus Reflective Screens
Few factors can affect plant development as much as temperature fluctuation, particularly in the heat of summer. Monitoring and controlling both air and leaf temperature can drastically affect a plant’s productivity and quality. Leaf and air temperature can differ greatly, by as much as 10°F to 30°F. Proper greenhouse shading, however, can help keep leaf temperatures in the most productive range. As greenhouses transmit sunlight, they also trap heat, raising the internal temperature of the structure. Both plants and workers become stressed, and reducing the heat load becomes imperative. But what is the best material to accomplish that goal? Recent studies conducted by Dr. Daniel H. Willits at North Carolina State University (NCSU) help shed light on the impact greenhouse shading selection has on plants. These studies found that common black, knitted shade cloth provided little to no thermal improvement in the greenhouse. Installing reflective materials for external shading, in […]
April 26, 2012
Turn Big Ideas Into Big Results
Bringing the team together is a great idea. Channeling all of the great ideas that come from your team, well, that’s a different challenge. So how do you take those ideas and make them work for you, rather than let them die a dusty death on the conference room table or in the circular file?Growers across the country are finding their own unique – and incredibly effective – ways to put big thinking to work in the greenhouse and behind the desk. Call them idea groups, quality councils or just your average manager’s meeting. Whatever you name them, these growers will tell you their groups are a source of their success. Create Order From Idea Overload At Homestead, Fla.-based orchid and bromeliad grower Silver Vase, the idea group started with a good problem – a surplus of ideas with nowhere to go. “We were always working on new ideas, but […]
September 13, 2011
Dianthus Is Done Right At Northwest Horticulture
Talk about making weather work for you. Northwest Horticulture has leveraged its ideal location, plus extensive perennial expertise, to become a major dianthus producer here in the United States. Each year, Northwest Horticulture plants 15 acres with more than 3,000 dianthus stock plants that produce millions of plugs for fall, winter and early spring sales. Northwest Horticulture’s home in Washington’s Yakima Valley, about 200 miles east of Seattle, offers the ideal climate for perennials production. Think Washington equals rain? The Yakima Valley is a world away from Seattle’s gloomy, wet climate. Instead, Northwest Horticulture is located in a desert-like climate that receives about seven inches of annual rainfall and more than 320 days of sun. Northwest Horticulture has a true winter with temperatures that can drop below 0°F, but it sees little snow. In summer, temperatures can be as high as 100°F but they’re balanced by comfortable nights in the […]
August 10, 2011
Pleasant View Gardens Is Buying Into Biomass
A wood chip isn’t a wood chip anymore. Who knew? Pleasant View Gardens for one, especially since it has installed a second biomass burner. Taking sustainability to the ultimate level, Pleasant View is now 95 percent oil free, heating both its Loudon and Pembroke, N.H., facilities almost entirely with wood chips. “It works really well for us because we’re a propagator,” says Henry Huntington, Pleasant View president. “We’re heating a lot of space at a critical time of year.” Between more than 11 acres across the two locations, Pleasant View was burning 600,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil per year. When heating bills nearly doubled to almost $2 million, the time for simply talking about adding a biomass burner was over. Always focused on reducing energy and labor costs, Pleasant View istalled a $2 million Hurst biomass burner in 2008. Though the learning curve was steeper than expected, the […]
April 25, 2011
Expand Your Designer Grasses Palette
High fashion isn’t just for the runway. Color sells and sizzles in these sure-to-please varieties. Emerald Coast Growers helped make ornamental grasses mainstream, and they’re loving these new varieties that are anything but. We asked Cheri Markowitz, sales manager and grass guru, for her favorite picks for this season. Kick your grass program up a notch with the latest designer grasses. Bold Burgundies Send spring sales soaring with one of the world’s hottest new grasses. Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’ is ready for liftoff. This international award winner is striped burgundy, pink, cream, white, green and ruby red on plants up to 36 inches tall. A grand finale of rich red plumes tops off the spectacular foliage. It’s hardy to Zones 9 and 10. Fire up success with pennisetum ‘Skyrocket.’ Pink projectile plumes sparkle above bright green and pristine white variegated foliage. This fiery, easy-growing, low-maintenance cultivar is a new sport of the […]
September 20, 2010
Combo Companion: Danziger’s Mixis
Standing out in the cluttered combos market takes ingenuity, creativity and flexibility. Gardeners won’t settle for the average or also-rans. They want brilliant new pairings bursting with blooms and exploding in color. To take your combo program up a notch, try these tips from the experts at Danziger. Maximize Your Choices Make it easy with a mixed liners program that gives you optimum flexibility and creativity. Choose a company that understands you want to be in control of creating your combos. Look for a product range that’s broad enough to help you fulfill the different tastes and needs of different customers. You want a program that adapts to your needs, with options like single crop mixes of two to three colors with the same habit and timing, multi-crop combinations of two to three varieties and a completely flexible option that lets you go freestyle and build your own program any […]
May 28, 2010
Danziger’s Musica Double Impatiens Series
Musica, a spectacular double Impatiens walleriana, is the result of Danziger Flower Farm’s intense and innovative breeding programs. Fully double, delicately formed rosebud flowers deliver a continuous dazzling display of irresistible color. Plants are tight and perfectly mounded, adding stem strength that’s vital in adverse weather conditions and enhancing the variety’s garden performance. Robust plants have attractive deep green foliage. Short internodes ensure flower buds are tightly stacked on the stem growth tips to provide a profuse, sustained blooming canopy. Twenty-eight unique commercial varieties are now available in various colors, including 12 of the latest Musica variety introductions for the 2010-11 season. One new example is the new ‘Music Pure White.’ This variety complements the existing two white varieties: ‘Musica Pearl’ and ‘Musica White Blush.’ ‘Musica Pure White’ is characterized by large flowers and a compact growth habit. The variety’s flowers are truly a pure white color–as white as fresh […]
December 30, 2009
Oglesby Plants: Liner Pioneers
Young Plant Possibilities “The young plant division is built around the idea that not everyone wants to wean plants from tissue culture,” Oglesby President Gary Hennen says. “We offer plants already grown, already greenhouse hardened and it makes customers’ lives much easier.” Since Oglesby started selling liners in 1978, the young plant division has leaped ahead, becoming the company’s largest component. More than 150,000 square feet of greenhouse space is dedicated to converting microcuttings to stage IV young plants. To help meet their uncompromising quality standards, Oglesby’s facilities employ a mix of advanced technology. Poly and polycarbonate greenhouses are computer climate-controlled and equipped with rolling European-style benches, cooling pads and Nexus shade and heat-retention systems. “Oglesby has maintained a very high bar on quality through the long history of the company,” Dagen says. “People rely on us to deliver the highest quality possible on our young plant liners.” […]
November 30, 2009
Putting Some Heat Into It
Since Athens Select’s launch in 1998, the collection has added a host of best-selling new varieties and initiated a partnership with the Southern Living Plant Collection that’s helped take the program to new heights. Hot Property Just two years into Athens Select’s partnership with the Southern Living Plant Collection, the program shines for its unique varieties and its ability to provide sizzling color even in summer heat. With 11 Athens Select varieties now part of the Southern Living Plant Collection, opportunities for growth abound. For Athens Select, the partnership was a no-brainer. After all, Southern Living is a premier lifestyle and entertainment magazine and the sixth largest monthly consumer magazine in the United States. It reaches nearly 16 million readers each month and enjoys a circulation of about 2.8 million. “Having the Southern Living brand behind your product and, for retailers, [having] the pot and tag […]
September 16, 2009
Digitizing The Catalog
Cheri Markowitz didn’t think Emerald Coast Growers needed an online ordering option. She was the naysayer. But then the orders came, and they came in full force for Cheri and her brothers Paul and Mark Babikow, the three minds behind Emerald Coast’s electronic marketing strategy. Since Emerald Coast launched a website in 1995, the Pensacola, Fla.-based business has developed a multi-pronged strategy of carefully targeted and meticulously selected digital tools that simultaneously build business and service existing customers and brokers. “As a business today, you have to be poised to respond to the growing need for electronic communications,” Paul says. And respond Emerald Coast has. It now has a website (ECGrowers.com), an electronic product database, e-newsletters, online availability updates, electronic ordering and a downloadable catalog to give customers an all-access pass to the true ease and convenience of doing business with Emerald Coast Growers. “We want to be the easy […]
January 16, 2009
Long before sustainability became a buzzword and corporations made headlines for using the right light bulbs, the Huntingtons made energy conservation a priority at Pleasant View Gardens in New Hampshire. But their latest innovations put even their own efforts in the shadows. Their new biomass boiler has the potential to reduce heating costs at their Pembroke, N.H., location by an incredible 85 percent. And their resume of energy- and labor-saving programs is helping their customers cut crop times by as much as 50 percent. Whatever it takes, Pleasant View puts the spotlight on increasing turns and decreasing costs. “We ask, ‘What can we do in our industry to be good to the environment and also save our grower customers and retailers money,'” says Carol Huntington, Pleasant View’s marketing manager. “We’re constantly being innovators and keeping our minds open.” Not Burning the Midnight Oil Installing a $2 million biomass burner and […]
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!
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.