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

Canadian Government Recognizes Floriculture Industry’s Impact With Marketing And Research Grant

Canada’s federal government announced a $382,000 investment to the floriculture industry for cultivating new customers in foreign markets, such as the U.S., and researching new biological controls methods on Oct. 11, 2012, reports. The $137,000 allotted for the marketing program will go directly to Flowers Canada Growers, which will help Canadian producers increase sales

Osteospermum Gets A Makeover

Relatively unknown a decade ago, osteospermum has become much more popular with both growers and consumers. At this year’s California Spring Trials many of the top breeders offered new osteospermum varieties, colors and series. The new Sweet series from Dümmen, for example, offers growers more compact plants and is now available in two more unique

The State Of The Young Plant Market

When referencing Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers and Top Cuttings Producers lists from the past few years, it’s easy to see a trend: the big keep getting bigger. In the world of mergers and acquisitions, which Ecke Ranch experienced recently (see page 8), the big players have been “collecting” other companies in an effort to

Branded Plant Collections Engage New Customers

It’s a common complaint: fewer people are interested in gardening nowadays. While research suggests that people have trouble connecting with plants, many media brands are working to make live goods more accessible to consumers. The Southern Living Plant Collection (SLPC) debuted in spring 2008, and Sunset magazine and HGTV have followed with their own collections.

Burpee Home Gardens Launches Grow Anywhere Tour

Burpee Home Gardens launched its Grow Anything initiative at the 2012 OFA Short Course. This new initiative features a Grow Anywhere Tour in which the newly wrapped Burpee food truck travels around the country, providing fresh vegetables and vegetable plants to people who do not have access to fresh produce. “We asked ourselves, ‘How do

Sun Gro Acquires Conrad Fafard From Syngenta

Syngenta sold its growing media products company Conrad Fafard to Sun Gro Horticulture on June 11, 2012, the companies announced. Under the new agreement, Sun Gro acquired all assets of Fafard U.S. and Canada, including the production plants and staff. According to Derek Fee, the media contact for Sun Gro, the Fafard sale has been