June 10, 2013
Increase Spring Sales With Multi-purpose Herbs
Herbs have a fascinating economic and social history. Ancient civilizations used herbs for healing and in religious ceremonies. Over time, herbs were woven into myths, lore and legends. Today, many herbs are commercially produced for various reasons, including usage for the food industry, natural health remedies and in perfumes and cosmetics. In our horticulture industry, home-grown herbs are becoming more and more popular as consumers discover just how easy they are to grow, use and harvest. From a geometric English herb garden to an apartment balcony in Brooklyn, there is room for herbs in every household. Growers looking for something to add can count on herbs to have wide appeal. The extensive selection can be overwhelming. Starting with a basic variety list is the best advice for a commercial greenhouse grower looking to supplement its offering. Common herbs that consumers routinely ask for include; basil, catmint, chives, cilantro, dill, lavender, […]
January 31, 2013
How To Grow And Sell Penstemon
Penstemon is an overwhelmingly diverse genus with approximately 250 different species. This genus includes plants that are evergreen, deciduous, shrubby, tall and low-growing. Also known as beard tongue, penstemon exhibits tolerance of a wide range of climates. Most penstemon are native to North and Central America, which encompasses the dry California climate, the higher altitudes of the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the eastern United States and some parts of Mexico. The common thread among cultivars of this genus is their beautiful tubular, two-lipped flowers. Gardeners love that they attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Flowers are borne on upright spikes held above mounding foliage. The blooms tend to have pale, speckled or striated interiors. Some have a striking white throat that contrasts well with the colorful outside. Lance-shaped leaves are another shared characteristic. There is bright-green, blue-green and even deep burgundy-red foliage found throughout this genus. Popular Picks One popular […]
January 7, 2013
Dendranthema Igloo Series Adds More Colors
The Igloo series of perennial garden-mum-like dendranthemas brings tremendous flower power to the summer and early fall perennial border. Three additions add depth to the series, bringing new flower forms and a new color to round out the mix:‘Fireworks Igloo’ with pink spider flowers; ‘Icicle Igloo’ with white daisy flowers and ‘Sizzling Igloo,’ which features yellow daisy flowers. All combine well with the decorative flower forms of others in the series: ‘Cool Igloo’ (raspberry), ‘Frosty Igloo’ (white), ‘Rosy Igloo’ (coral red), ‘Sunny Igloo’ (yellow) and ‘Warm Igloo’ (orange/bronze). Versatile Performers Igloo boasts show-stopping balls of blooms for instant fall color in the ground or in containers. Compared to other perennials, the Igloos offer tremendous bloom time, ease of care and:• First-year flowering perennial• Domed habit with a height of up to 2 feet tall by 2.5 feet wide• Masses of blooms up to 2 inches in diameter• Uniform flowering • […]
February 17, 2018
Gotham Greens Building Second Greenhouse in Suburban Ch…
The new $12.5 million, 105,000-square-foot greenhouse will be near the company’s first Chicago greenhouse, and will be a free-standing structure.
February 15, 2018
Boxwood Blight, Seed Your Future Among Topics Receiving…
The Horticultural Research Institute recently announced the 10 research projects that will receive funding in 2018 to investigate challenges and solutions in production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing.
February 14, 2018
Spring Meadow Nursery Furthers Its Mission of Giving Ba…
The Spring Meadow-Proven Winners Endowment Fund through the Horticultural Research Institute has now topped $800,000, with more scholarships coming in 2018.
February 13, 2018
Don’t Let Your New Year’s Resolutions Fade …
Stuff got real in 2017, and it caused many of us to stop and reflect on the current state of the world, and how we can impact change — or at least improve our own situations. Life is too short, and we work too hard, to not use the annual renewal as an opportunity to take stock of our own personal lives, businesses, and careers, and make the necessary adjustments that will allow us to work smarter and live better. Even if you have already given up on your resolutions, perhaps you can think of January as a trial month and make February the month when you really get to work on your goals. And while I know it’s a difficult month to start on some of these changes, since you’re already immersed in the busy spring season, I promise that if you take some time to evaluate your reality […]
February 12, 2018
Calling All Designers: Enter the International Plantsca…
Applications are being accepted through April 13 for AmericanHort’s International Plantscape Awards, which recognize achievements in interior plantscape design, installation, creativity, renovation, and innovation.
February 11, 2018
Bayer Has New Turf and Ornamentals Global Market Manage…
Jose Milan will be focused on helping growers deal with regulatory issues, while promoting the environmental benefits the ornamentals industry offers.
February 10, 2018
Applications for Dümmen Orange’s Dr. P. Allen Hammer Sc…
Named for Dr. P. Allen Hammer in acknowledgment of the contributions he has made to the floriculture industry, the scholarship is intended to extend Dr. Hammer’s legacy by supporting the next generation of floriculture students.
February 9, 2018
Garden Retailers at TPIE Highlight Their Favorite Produ…
A team of garden retailers once again participated in the 2018 Tropical Plants Industry Expo Cool Product Awards.
February 8, 2018
Who Will Be Our 2018 Head Grower of the Year and Operat…
The deadline for submitting nominations is fast approaching, so be sure to let us know who you feel is most deserving of these awards!
February 8, 2018
Learn the Basics of Biocontrols for Controlled Environm…
Growers producing crops in protected structures, including ornamentals, vegetable crops, and cannabis, can learn about effective sanitation, banker plants, and buying and using beneficials and predatory insects at the Biocontrols USA West Conference in San Diego, March 3-7.
February 6, 2018
Biocontrol Track for Greenhouse Growers Reveals New Pro…
The Biocontrols West USA Conference in San Diego March 7-9 offers greenhouse growers practical knowledge on new research findings and an energetic presentation from a grower who’s taking her customers along on her biocontrols journey.
February 6, 2018
Congressional Action Days to Feature Pep Talk From Lead…
Rep. Jimmy Panetta, (D, CA), one of the floral industry’s biggest advocates in Congress, will deliver a pep talk to the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Congressional Action Days participants before they meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
February 6, 2018
20 Trends That Dominated at TPIE
If you're looking to stay on top of the current trends to stay ahead of the competition and increase value to your clients by helping them stay at the forefront of their industry, check out some of the new products and ideas we saw trending at TPIE this year.
February 5, 2018
Tips for Using a Greenhouse Monitoring System to Protec…
Properly selecting and installing a remote monitoring system can help cannabis growers identify trends in environmental conditions to make sure they aren’t fluctuating, which could indicate a possible equipment problem.