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 […]
July 30, 2016
Select The Right Filter For Ebb-And-Flood Irrigation
This article is the fourth in a series of case studies designed to help growers Reduce, Remediate, and Recycle irrigation water as part of a multi-state research grant.
July 30, 2016
Pair New Spring Crops With Fresh Ideas For Increased Sa…
There are plenty of exciting, new spring crops to consider incorporating into your crop selection. What will set your operation apart is how creative you are about what plants you select, and how you promote them.
July 29, 2016
How Plug Tray Density Affects Hydroponic Radish Product…
An experiment with growing radishes in plug trays using flood and drain irrigation determines whether or not plug tray density alters yield.
July 29, 2016
Conley’s Manufacturing And Sales President Thomas Conle…
Conley, a long-time member of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association, played a significant role in the greenhouse manufacturing business that his father founded in 1946.
July 29, 2016
Connected Screening Helps You Control Your Climate
Svensson and Hoogendoorn have collaborated on a new screening software that allows full control over humidity transfer, light transmission, and energy savings.
July 28, 2016
How To Maximize The Efficiency Of Your Cannabis Structu…
The up-front costs of creating your cannabis facility may be high, but at least one expert says making the investment now will be well worth it down the road.
July 27, 2016
The Top 5 Myths About Cannabis Production Cleared Up
There is a lot of misleading information going around about growing cannabis. Industry insider James Lowe makes sure you know the truth about cannabis production.
July 26, 2016
SAF Partners With Cornerstone Government Affairs To Adv…
A new partnership between the Society of American Florists (SAF) and Cornerstone Government Affairs ensures that SAF will continue its highly effective work advocating for issues that affect the floriculture industry. “SAF and Cornerstone together provide experienced voices on Capitol Hill to protect our growers’ interests,” says SAF CEO Peter Moran. “We’ll continue to move major policy priorities forward on behalf of small business and agriculture.” Cornerstone is a public affairs firm specializing in government relations, strategic consulting, and advocacy. Its team of more than 50 senior professionals includes former senior professional staff from both authorization and appropriations committees and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as veterans of the horticulture industry. Agricultural and horticultural issues of primary concern to SAF members include access to labor, immigration, crop protection, international trade and other matters related to the day-to-day operations of growers. Before she retired this year, SAF lobbyist Lin […]
July 26, 2016
AFE Releases New Videos Highlighting Industry Successes
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) recently released five new videos, created to highlight floriculture successes through industry collaboration, support, and participation. “Each video shares real stories from industry members on career development through scholarships and internships, and true examples of research solutions that have shaped how the industry operates today,” says Laura Shinall, President of Syndicate Sales, Inc., and AFE Public Relations and Development Chair. “We’re excited to be able to share some great success stories in an effort to increase industry participation.” The introductory video “Heard of the American Floral Endowment?” helps educate those who aren’t currently aware of AFE’s programs, while other segmented videos (retail, wholesale, grower) share how Endowment programs complement each group and why it’s so important that everyone in the industry participates: Retail Florists Share Why They Turn to AFE New Resources for Floral Wholesalers and Suppliers AFE Helping Growers Profit Ready for a Career in Floriculture or Horticulture? […]
July 26, 2016
How Your Retail Plant Sales Practices Compare
Editor’s note: Greenhouse Grower RETAILING asked growers and retailers to share their pricing methods in a survey sent out in mid June 2016. Of the 362 responses, 202 arefrom those whose primary business is garden retail. We will be sharing the results of what we learned throughout July, August, and September 2016. Discounting plants is a finely wielded weapon for plant retailers, Greenhouse Grower RETAILING‘s Plant Pricing Survey shows. It will come as no surprise that just about everyone holds sales at some point (93%). And so it makes sense that some expertise is shown. Take this first graph as an example. The most perishable plants — small annuals and vegetables — are the most likely to be placed on sale. That seems counter-intuitive. Why place the fastest turning inventory on sale? But when we took a closer look, we found that these sales are being used to lure […]
July 25, 2016
How You Can Stop Aphids By Understanding Their Interact…
Knowing which aphids target which crops and how aphids colonize and move on plants goes a long way toward setting up an effective management plan.
July 25, 2016
Cultivate Keynote Speaker Highlights Seven Principles O…
In his morning keynote address at Cultivate’16, best-selling author and speaker Jeremy Kingsley noted that if you want to make your business better, the process should start with making your people better by inspiring them.
July 24, 2016
Horticultural Lighting Conference To Take Place In Chic…
The one-day event is designed to provide cutting-edge information on the latest technologies and techniques impacting the advancement of the horticultural lighting market.
July 23, 2016
AmericanHort Kicks Off Cultivate’16 By Announcing Major…
Even though Cultivate’16 just wrapped up, it’s not too early to find out about the many changes you can expect for 2017.