Author Archives: Karli Petrovic

About Karli Petrovic

Karli Petrovic is associate editor of Greenhouse Grower and Today's Garden Center. You can eMail her at

Fertilizers And The Future

As growers look for new ways to cut costs and conserve resources, fertilizer and equipment companies are offering products that strive to save water, reduce toxic runoff and keep chemicals out of the equation.

The State Of Labor In The Greenhouse Industry

Ask any grower for thoughts on the state of labor today and you are bound to get an earful. While some people blame government crackdowns on immigration, others point the finger at lazy, over privileged Americans who would prefer not to get their hands dirty. But, there is one thing everyone agrees on: It isn’t

2012 Hottest, Second Most Extreme Year For Weather

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2012 State of the Climate National Overview report, the contiguous U.S. experienced the hottest year and second most extreme on record. In the report, the organization indicates a 3.2 degree increase over the 20th Century average and a 1 degree increase over 1998, the former hottest year

The State Of The Poinsettia Market

Every year, Greenhouse Grower asks its readers to reflect on their poinsettia crops, prices and the overall state of the market. Growers of all sizes responded to our survey, and the results are in for the 2012 season. Here is a look at some of the most notable statistics. For the full whitepaper results, visit

Commerce Corp. Update: Former Employees React; Rivals See New Opportunities

As Today’s Garden Center reported on Dec. 31, 2012, there are conflicting stories regarding Commerce Corporation’s potential closing. While some say the garden supply distributor has begun massive layoffs to keep the company afloat, others insist Commerce is closing its doors. Green industry companies like BFG Supply and Ceramo Company are taking advantage of Commerce

How The Fiscal Cliff Affects Small Businesses

The congressional bill concerning the fiscal cliff deal received final approval on Jan. 1, 2013, with a 257 to 157 bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives, the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) reports. A nine-month extension on the 2008 Farm Bill was also inclouded in the deal. The compromise between Democrats and Republicans

Green Industry Workers Are U.K.’s Happiest

Gardeners and florists are the happiest workers in the U.K. according to research from City & Guilds published in the Daily Mail. Nine out of ten (87 percent) of horticulturists say they are happy with their jobs, and 80 percent attributed that happiness to “manage their own workload and have autonomy over their schedule and

Rehab Center Greenhouse Provides Job Training To Students With Disabilities

The students at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) in Fishersville, Va., now have a new opportunity to learn about potential career opportunities in the green industry. Thanks to the center and volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power, a new greenhouse has been constructed to give hands-on vocational training to people with disabilities. Benefits Of A