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 kapetrovic@meistermedia.com.

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

James Greenhouses: New Perspectives In A Traditional Industry

Looking at most of the greenhouse operations in the industry, it may seem like having a long line of growers in the family is a requirement. If so, Greenhouse Grower’s Operation of the Year winners Ken and Leah James of James Greenhouses are breaking the tradition. With hard work, an eye for opportunity and insights

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

Molbak’s Opts To Close Production Facility, Focus On Retail

In a statement released July 3, 2012, CEO Jens Molbak announced that Molbak’s would be suspending growing operations and stop production at the company’s 40-acre Sammamish Valley production facility in Redmond, Wash., at the end of 2012. Molbak says the company will continue to focus on its retail business. “I’ve been looking at this for

Obama Administration Stops Deporting, Grants Work Permits To Young Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will stop the deportation of young immigrants who meet certain criteria effective immediately, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced on June 15, 2012. In a press release from the office of the Press Secretary, the DHS lists these criteria as: Came to the United States under the age

30 Must-See Annuals: 2012 California Spring Trials Introductions

Plants of all shapes, sizes and species are rolled out during Spring Trials each year, the vast majority of which, of course, are annuals. The numbers of new introductions can be almost overwhelming, and every stop on the tour offers at least a few welcome surprises. Check out these highlights from the 2012 California Spring

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