June 3, 2015
Welby Gardens’ Nick Gerace Finalist For 2015 Head Grower Of The Year
Nick Gerace’s enthusiastic leadership and focus on smarter growing with less hours on the job makes him a deserving finalist for the 2015 Head Grower of the Year and recipient of the 2015 Excellence In Innovation award.
May 13, 2015
Don’t Let Labels Be A Limitation To Your Greenhouse Business
Whether you label yourself or your business as average, extraordinary or innovative, make sure that what you don’t do is let that label define who you are and what your business can become.
May 6, 2015
Garden Media Group’s Suzi McCoy Urges Women In Horticulture To Invite Others To Take A Seat At The Table
When Susan McCoy, owner of Garden Media Group, started promoting roses and shrubs for The Conard-Pyle Co. (Star Roses and Plants), she knew the horticulture industry was the right place for her. What she didn’t know was how much the journey would reshape her business for the better. Now, she encourages women in horticulture to invite others to be a part of the industry.
April 14, 2015
18 New Vegetables For Easy Growing And Healthy Eating
Current breeding efforts have focused on vegetable varieties that cater to small space and urban gardening trends and offer consumers good performance with minimal efforts. As a result, new, easy care vegetable introductions packed with flavor and loaded with fruits have swept onto the market. Here are 18 of the newest vegetables already on the market or hitting the market in 2016.
April 13, 2015
Different Routes Lead To New Growth In Your Greenhouse
The path you take to success in your greenhouse may not be the well-traveled one, but the end result can still be the same — growth for you and your greenhouse business.
March 23, 2015
Update To Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals App Expected In April
A new update to the Greatest Perennials & Annuals app narrows the gap between consumers and grower-retailers, while providing more of Armitage’s top picks and growing advice for success with plants.
March 20, 2015
Plantbid Brings Open Sourcing To Greenhouse Growers
Plantbid bridges the gap between buyers and sellers for sales and marketing networking on their own terms. The web-based, plant-sourcing platform aims to save growers time and make the business of buying and selling plants more efficient.
March 12, 2015
Emerald Coast Growers Steps-Up Production Efficiency And Broadens Its Phlox Program
Emerald Coast Growers, a supplier of perennial starter plants and ornamental grass liners, is not averse to expansion projects. In 2010, it celebrated its 20th anniversary with an expansion of its perennial production space. More recently, the company has been in a nearly continuous phase of construction and improvement projects.
March 11, 2015
Memoirs Of A Plantsman: Q & A With Allan Armitage
In light of the upcoming release of Dr. Allan Armitage's memoir, "It’s Not Just About the Hat — The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman," Greenhouse Grower caught up with him for an in-depth Q & A about his newest work and what he’s planning next.
March 10, 2015
Pleasant View Gardens Transitions Old-School Hoop Houses To One Energy-Efficient Facility
A new production expansion optimizes labor efficiency and adds growing space, while optimizing energy use.
August 27, 2015
The Perennial Plant Association’s Regional Sympos…
The Perennial Plant Association plans to hold its Regional Symposium October 5 in Dallas, Texas, in conjunction with the All-America Selections/Home Garden Seed Association's Summer/Fall Summit held October 5 to 8.
August 25, 2015
Hospitals Are Getting Into The Organic Food Business
Growers investing in the organic food movement could serve a growing new area with vegetable transplants and starts, as well as produce, as hospitals begin to prescribe healthy diets and nutrition, and even go so far as to grow their own food. As part of a new phenomenon among progressive hospitals, health professionals are beginning to realize that without health and nutrition, programs and techniques may be done in vain or worse — obsolete. As more patients seeking a healthy diet turn to nutritionists, who recommend sugar-free, alkaline diets to prevent disease and aid in recovery, hospitals recognizing this trend are taking action. St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa., recently contracted with the nearby Rodale Institute to manage an organic farm, established in 2014. The hospital, part of a six-campus network, aims to provide excellent healthcare, part of which includes educating patients about the benefits of a plant-based, organic diet. […]
August 21, 2015
Sole-Source LED Lighting In Horticulture: Microgreens P…
In Part 2 of a four-part lighting series highlighting the multiple uses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers examine the effects of sole-source LED lighting on microgreen production to achieve the highest quality crop possible in an energy efficient manner.
August 20, 2015
Farwest 2015 Offers Tours And Showcases Vegetables, Fru…
Three 2015 Farwest offsite tours, planned for Wednesday, August 26, offer a range of focus for the industry from nursery/greenhouse growing to landscape and garden retail.
August 20, 2015
Syngenta Plans To Divest Flowers Business
Changes on the breeder front continue as Syngenta announces it intends to divest the Flowers seed business from its Lawn and Garden operating unit. According to an August 19 press release, “divestment would enable the new entity to play a leading role in the consolidation of the home gardening market, which is taking place in response to changes in the distribution and retail channels, driven by shifts in consumer preference.” The high-quality and profitable Flowers business will be sold in its entirety, including Syngenta’s seed and vegetative flower genetics, as well as its facilities in Gilroy, Calif., and offshore, says Paul Minehart, Syngenta’s head of corporate communications for North America. Differences in the corporation’s offerings and little overlap with the agricultural seeds and crop protection side of the business are the primary reasons behind the sale, Minehart says. “Flowers is a premium, consumer-focused business,” he says. “Syngenta is a market leader […]
August 20, 2015
David Savoia To Serve As AmericanHort’s Interim P…
Following Michael Geary’s announcement that he has resigned as president and CEO of AmericanHort, the association has announced that CFO and Senior Vice President for Operations David Savoia will serve as interim president and CEO while the board conducts a search for a new staff executive. Craig Regelbrugge, the senior vice president for advocacy and research, will support Savoia with the association’s external affairs. Geary announced August 12 that he will be leaving his position after September 30 to serve as CEO of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, an organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. “As some of you know, I grew up connected to the horticulture industry so this was not an easy decision for me,” Geary said in an eMail. “I have loved working with our organizations and our talented members, staff and partners. However, my choice to return full time to Washington, D.C. will allow me […]
August 19, 2015
Why A Step Backward Can Propel Your Greenhouse Business…
Taking a step backward to reflect on the past and plan for the future helps you confidently move your growing operation forward from a position of power.
August 18, 2015
Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase Will Spotlight 2016…
Featuring a spectrum of new market introductions, the 2015 Farwest Show, August 27-29 in Portland, Ore., will display 49 plants in the New Varieties Showcase, a mainstay favorite every year on the show floor. Seventeen companies from all corners of North America, the Netherlands and Canada have submitted material that covers the best and brightest of perennials, shrubs, conifers, shade and flowering trees and edibles being introduced for 2016. This year’s entries will display the prized characteristics that growers and retailers are seeking— new features, improved performance in production environments and landscape, compact sizes, enhanced disease resistance, performance in urban settings and drought tolerance. In particular for garden retail benefit, consumer appeal for this year’s showcase is excellent with choices for spectacular foliage, blooms, seasonal interest and overall wow factor. Check out the slideshow for a sampling of the new varieties. Plants are creatively displayed in retail fashion and well tagged with full descriptions, compliments of showcase […]
August 18, 2015
Michael Geary Is Leaving AmericanHort
AmericanHort president and CEO Michael Geary announced last Wednesday that he will be leaving his position at the end of September to serve as CEO of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. “I am writing to share with you that on October 8 I will begin a new professional chapter as CEO of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, an organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the architecture, engineering and construction industries,” Geary said in an email. His last day with AmericanHort will be Sept. 30, 2015. “As some of you know, I grew up connected to the horticulture industry so this was not an easy decision for me,” he said. “I have loved working with our organizations and our talented members, staff and partners. However, my choice to return full time to Washington, D.C. will allow me to be closer to my family and aging parents and to re-engage with another industry […]
August 18, 2015
University Of Florida Will Offer Online Course For Grow…
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) next online course, “Nutrient Management for Container-Grown Crops: Level 1” will be offered in English and Spanish. For grower staff who are irrigating and fertilizing greenhouse crops, but have not had formal training in horticulture, the course can help teach them the “why” of making better crop management decisions. The class will be offered Aug. 24-Sept. 18, 2015. The UF/IFAS Extension recently started providing online courses designed for people already working in the ornamental plant industry. This year it offered nutrient and greenhouse management courses for the first time, with a good response (85 and 110 students in the two courses so far, with about half from outside the U.S.). The courses run for four weeks, cost $200 per participant and include a personalized certificate of completion. Each week there are two streaming classes and one activity (about a 3-4 hour commitment per week), […]
August 17, 2015
21 New Blooming Potted Plants For Trouble-Free Greenhou…
Blooming potted plants brighten up almost any occasion. With new colors and an abundance of blooms, these 21 new introductions add a unique, finishing touch to even the most diversified crop mix. Here are 21 new varieties available in 2015 that will hit retail in 2016.
August 15, 2015
Ball Horticultural Co. Buys Conard-Pyle/Star Roses And …
Ball Horticultural Co. plans to add Conard-Pyle/Star Roses and Plants to its family of breeding and distribution companies, according to a press release dated August 14, which announced the company’s recent acquisition of the famous introducer of Knock Out Roses and other perennials and woody plants to the market. Ball plans to capitalize on the expertise of its Ball Ornamentals woody ornamentals division, as well as Conard-Pyle’s market-leading position as a top rose breeder to strengthen its product line. The sale is scheduled to close by the end of September 2015. Conard-Pyle’s in-house breeding division NovaFlora, along with its intellectual properties and the distribution, production and administration facilities of its wholesale division are also part of the acquisition. NovaFlora is the driving force behind the Star Roses and Plants brand. “Conard-Pyle has been the leader in roses in its market and has been actively diversifying its offering with other woody […]
August 14, 2015
GrowIt! Announces Student Winners For Friends & Fam…
GrowIt! Garden Socially announced the two grand-prize winners of its 2015 Friends & Family app contest. Horticulture students Brett Weiss and Sarah Swofford will receive all-expenses paid trips to Chicago, Aug. 17-20, to attend the IGC Show at Navy Pier. They’ll have access to educational seminars and the tradeshow and get quality networking time with industry influencers. The spring contest was open to horticulture students who competed to see who could get the most followers on the GrowIt! platform. Five finalists were selected, and from those five, two grand-prize winners were chosen. Weiss is a student at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va. He picked up his love for plants at an early age and never really let go. This summer he had the opportunity to intern at Disney World in the horticulture department. Swofford will graduate from Texas A&M University this August. She’s had the opportunity to work in several different facets […]
August 14, 2015
Customizing Crop Foliage Color With LEDs: Ornamental Cr…
Do you find that your purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) crop is often green to light purple? What if we told you there is a quick solution to enhance and darken the foliage of purple fountain grass or other floriculture crops? In this second article of a four-part series highlighting the multiple uses of high-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs), we will discuss our research methodology and findings for enhancing the foliage color of ornamental crops with end-of-production (EOP) supplemental lighting (SL) in the greenhouse. Many ornamental crops that greenhouse and nursery growers produce vary in size, shape and color. These variables are often influenced by the growing environment. For example, leaf color (intensity, distribution or both) of ornamental crops such as purple fountain grass is a key component that often influences the consumer’s perception and ultimately an impulse purchase. The red or purple pigmentation of purple fountain grass leaves is […]
August 13, 2015
Craig Regelbrugge Receives National Plant Board Partner…
The National Plant Board has awarded Craig Regelbrugge, the AmericanHort senior vice president with its Outstanding Partnership Award for industry advocacy and research. The award was presented at the Plant Board’s annual meeting, held August 3-6, 2015, in Arizona. In presenting the award, Plant Board president Geir Friisoe of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture noted that Regelbrugge has collaborated with the board for more than 25 years. He has represented the horticulture industry in numerous initiatives to improve federal and state plant health programs and to harmonize plant pest quarantine efforts such as for the Japanese beetle. Regelbrugge led the effort to publish the first nationwide summary of each state’s plant quarantine and shipping requirements. The summaries are now available online at nationalplantboard.org. In 1999, Regelbrugge was invited by the National Plant Board to co-chair an in-depth stakeholder review of the USDA’s plant pest prevention and early detection programs. The Safeguarding American […]
August 13, 2015
Soil System Improves Growing And Sales
My father started our company 45 years ago growing bedding plants, mainly early season production and finished plants for our West Virginia market. It was in the early 1980s that we started growing earlier spring production and shipping materials to southern markets, and by the late 1980s, we also produced pansies for fall. We started using hydrogels when they first came on the market in the early 1990s and found that they really helped with our production by keeping plants healthier for these new markets. Over the years, we’ve grown to be a large young plant producer and have a sizable business growing finished plants in cell packs, 4 1/2-inch pots, 6-inch pots, gallon containers, hanging baskets, multiple sizes of large containers and large baskets for municipal use. Creating The Ideal Soil Mix With our old system, it took several workers to mix pre-made soil with slow-release fertilizers in cement […]