January 7, 2014

Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 State Of The Industry Whitepaper

Download Greenhouse Grower's 2014 State Of The Industry Whitepaper for a look at what greenhouse growers will be facing in the year ahead.

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January 1, 2014

Affordable Care Act, Cash Accounting And Immigration Reform: An Update From D.C.

Health care, labor, cash accounting and regulatory affairs are four areas of concern for the floriculture industry. Here’s what you can expect in 2014.

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AmericanHort

January 1, 2014

AmericanHort Is Now In Office

ANLA and OFA have become one organization under the American Horticulture Industry Association or AmericanHort.

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December 30, 2013

2014 Outlook: Potholes In The Road Ahead

Three major policy challenges are converging in January that will set the stage for the economy early into 2014: budget, Obamacare and the debt ceiling. It’s the ultimate three-ring circus.

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December 18, 2013

The Future Of The Greenhouse: Your Thoughts On Our 30th Anniversary Issue

Our December 2013 issue was our 30th anniversary issue and in it, we looked ahead to the next 30 years in the greenhouse. We asked for your predictions and thoughts on the future of this industry and we thank you for all your comments on this forward-looking issue. Here’s a sampling.

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December 9, 2013

Learn About Data Collection And Record Keeping In Meister Media’s Sustainability Blueprint Project

Sustainability is no longer just a trendy buzzword for greenhouse growers — it's now an everyday part of the business. To help you respond to this important trend, Meister Media Worldwide has launched The Sustainability Blueprint Project™.

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December 3, 2013

Greenhouse Grower’s Top 30 Covers Of All Time

This year marks Greenhouse Grower's 30th anniversary. We took a trip down memory lane and picked out some of our favorite Greenhouse Grower covers of all time. See anyone you recognize?

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AmericanHort

September 30, 2013

ANLA And OFA Consolidate To Become AmericanHort

Two years after the first steps to consolidate were taken, it's finally official: OFA - The Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) will be a single association with a new name, AmericanHort.

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September 17, 2013

10 Top Opportunities Growers Capitalized On This Spring

We asked greenhouse growers about the biggest opportunities they capitalized on this spring in our Spring Recap Survey. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 responses. 1. More vegetables and herbs. Whether it was tomatoes, peppers or other vegetables, growers were meeting the need for vegetable plants. “Understanding the edibles market a little better, we were able to meet demand on most crops,” said one respondent. “Tomato and pepper sales were very strong in our market.” Others noted strong organic vegetable and herb sales. 2. Hanging baskets. The do-it-for-me gardening item was a success for growers this year. One grower mentioned a hanging basket solution that solved another problem. “Grew an old-time hanging basket with begonias in substitution for impatiens,” the grower said. 3. More perennials. Some growers reported growing perennials for the first time this year, while others increased their volume produced. “Four-inch perennials demand was way up,” one grower […]

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September 16, 2013

The State Of The Head Grower

All of the management positions in a greenhouse business contribute to the overall success of the operation. Perhaps none has a more direct hand in the ultimate quality of the company’s product, however, than the head grower. It’s a position that has evolved over time from skilled plantsman to grower, trainer, communicator, business manager and leader. We asked the four finalists for Greenhouse Grower’s 2013 Head Grower of the Year award — Dennis Crum, Four Star Greenhouse; Rob O’Hara, Rainbow Greenhouses; Ivan Tchakarov, Metrolina Greenhouses; and Corwin Graves, Rocket Farms — for their opinions on what the job is today, how growers can improve and how prospective head growers can prepare for the position. GG: What is the job of the head grower today? How has it changed over the years? Corwin Graves: In its simplest form, the head grower’s responsibility is to finish a crop or set of crops […]

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September 10, 2013

What Were The Biggest Opportunities Greenhouse Growers Missed In 2013?

One of the best ways to improve your business can be to look at the opportunities you’ve missed, or, if you can, look at the opportunities that others have missed. Growers who answered our 2013 State of the Industry survey shared some of the opportunities they missed this year. We Could Have Sold More Inventory With a late spring and increasing demand for certain plant categories, 30 percent of respondents say they could have grown more plants. “For almost eight years, demand for our early summer annuals steadily decreased, but this year, the late start to spring and cool early summer temps created a demand we were not prepared for. More than a few customers expressed their disappointment over not being able to find product,” one respondent says. “Some went so far as to say, ‘Growers are dictating the season.’ I find that terribly frustrating since it’s the steady decrease […]

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September 3, 2013

Spring Crops Recap: Sales Are Up In 2013

The 2013 spring season was a success, overall, according to 83 percent of the 197 growers who completed Greenhouse Grower’s 2013 Spring Recap Survey. Our survey respondents were grower retailers (51 percent), wholesale growers (43 percent) and young plant growers (6 percent). Most were based in the Midwest (31 percent), Southeast (20 percent) and Northeast (20 percent), but also represented the Southwest (9 percent), West (9 percent), Northwest (3 percent) and growers outside of the U.S. (8 percent). Sales Were Stronger In 2013Sales for spring 2013 were the same (26 percent) or higher (46 percent) than last year’s sales figures, growers reported. A combined 27 percent said sales decreased from 2012. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they grew enough product to meet demand this spring; however, 29 percent reported that demand outpaced their supply. Growers’ expectations for the season were obviously high. Even with the strong results year over year, […]

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