January 14, 2014
Growers Project Growth In 2014
Two things were clear from the results of Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 State Of The Industry Survey: Growers are aware of the potential problems facing the industry and their businesses. And based on their plans for the upcoming year, they’re prepared to overcome those issues.
January 14, 2014
Optimism And Action Are The Takeaways From Greenhouse Grower’s State Of The Industry
The responses to Greenhouse Grower’s annual State Of The Industry survey are always an interesting read. The survey has a mix of questions that help us dig in and get a feel for your business plans for the coming year, as well as a clearer view of your biggest concerns and the opportunities you hope to realize in the new year. The result is an interesting mix of optimism and frustration. If you review different sections of the survey individually, you might get the wrong impression of what’s happening out there. Read the questions related to grower concerns and you’re liable to think the end is near — or already here. The stress and strain of the last few years is clearly showing in some of this year’s individual responses about the daily pressures on you and your business. And that’s completely understandable. Take a look at the ranking of […]
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.
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.
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.
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™.
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.
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 […]
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 […]