February 9, 2012

February 2012 Online Exclusives

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower February 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the February 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. What The Home Furnishings Industry Can Teach UsGrowers can sell more product by offering retailers strategies to make plants less intimidating. Read on to find out what we can learn from the home furnishings industry. How To Use Compost In Greenhouse ProductionA Longwood Gardens horticulturist outlines the issues he’s encountered using compost in greenhouse production, including phytotoxicity and lack of uniformity, and how he’s overcome them. New Blooming Potted VarietiesTake a look at some of the newest introductions in blooming potted plants. Total Release TechnologyWant to get started using total release technology? Here are the three steps to get your greenhouse TR ready […]

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January 5, 2012

January 2012 Online Exclusives

Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower January 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the January 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. 4 Tips For Using CRF In the GreenhouseFollow these tips to effectively implement controlled-release fertilizers in the greenhouse. Lloyd Traven On Retailer Relationships & Marketing Directly To ConsumersTwo questions with Peace Tree Farm’s Lloyd Traven following the Perspective Q&A in Greenhouse Grower’s January 2012 issue. Academic Team Dedicated To Sustainability ResearchA look at the Floriculture Sustainability Research Coalition, yet another research group worth supporting and some of the projects they’re working on. Boost Your Bottom Line In ProductionOur Operation of the Year finalists share how they’ve boosted their bottom lines and how your business can follow suit. Boost Your Bottom Line In LaborOur […]

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December 7, 2011

Take A Look Around The New GreenhouseGrower.com

I’M sometimes asked what role magazines will play in the future as the world becomes more technological. My belief is that magazines will likely have a place, but their role will be quite different. If you think about it, technology is already changing the way we deliver information to you. For some of you, the magazine is still the first place you get your information from us. But, judging from the 20,000 people who receive our BenchRunner eNewsletter and the nearly 1 million page views we had on our website last year, the Web is the place Greenhouse Grower readers are going for their information first. Because so many of you are invested in Greenhouse Grower online, we’ve invested in a brand-new website you can now check out at GreenhouseGrower.com. The new site is better designed to put the information you need to run your business right at your fingertips. […]

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November 21, 2011

Double Lilies For Containers

Flamingo Holland’s Johan Mak describes the potential of the breeder’s new double lily “Belonica’ as a fit for containers.

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October 11, 2011

Longtime GG Editor Delilah Onofrey Says Goodbye

When I came to Greenhouse Grower as an entry-level editor at age 23, I had no idea where this garden path would lead. I had been working as a beat reporter for a small daily newspaper near Kent State University. The advertisement I responded to was for Meister Publishing, an agricultural publisher in Willoughby, Ohio. Growing up in Lakewood next to Cleveland, I knew very little about agriculture but thought it would be a good opportunity to gain magazine publishing experience and some sanity from the daily newspaper grind. I thought it would be a nice stepping stone. And the opening was on the flowers magazine – even better. Eighteen years later, I can say it has been the most amazing journey and my life would have turned out completely differently if I had not “bloomed” on Greenhouse Grower. I fell in love with the floriculture industry and the people […]

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September 27, 2011

Allan’s Favorite Hydrangea, ‘Limelight’

Looking for a can’t-miss hydrangea? Allan Armitage says look no further than ‘Limelight.’

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September 20, 2011

Slideshow: Sakata

Sakata held its trials at a demonstration greenhouse called Demokwekerij Westland in Honselersdijk, where visitors could see greenhouse equipment and systems in action.

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August 15, 2011

New York Grower King Dies

Paul King, the co-inventor of the first growing media hydrogel, Viterra, died July 30. He was 78. King was a 1954 Phi Beta Kappa-Summa Cum Laude graduate in chemistry from the University of Arkansas. He continued his education, obtaining a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, followed by a postdoctoral in soil physics and plant physiology at the University of Arizona. King was the youngest ever Research Fellow at Union Carbide Corp (1957-79), where his efforts led to 75-plus patents. He also developed growing media mixes and fertilizer formulations while working for Fisons/Sun Gro Horticulture as vice president of research. In 1976, King’s passion for plants led him to start Techni-Growers Greenhouses in Warwick, N.Y., where he and his staff conducted research as well as produced potted and bedding plants for wholesale and retail sales. The greenhouses continue to operate under the direction of King’s daughter Deborah Sweeton. […]

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July 1, 2011

Homestead Gardens’ Don Riddle Dies

Don Riddle Jr., one of the biggest names in the independent garden center industry, has died. He was 63. Riddle was the founder and owner of Homestead Gardens, a large retail garden center business with locations in Davidsonville and Severna Park, Md. He began Homestead Gardens in the early 1970s in his backyard and built it to the industry showcase it is today. “It is with profound sadness that the Homestead Gardens family marks the passing of Don Riddle Jr,” says Tim Hamilton, marketing director for Homestead Gardens. “Mere words cannot begin to express the sense of loss felt by those who have considered Don a friend, mentor, co-worker and community leader. Don was many things to many people and irreplaceable on every level. His passion and commitment to family, the gardening industry and the community was strikingly evident on a daily basis. We appreciate the outpouring of support from the […]

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May 11, 2011

Slideshow: Greenheart Farms Construction

The rose grower in Arroyo Grande, Calif., embarked on an expansion project earlier this year. Follow Greenheart’s progress.

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May 10, 2011

Slideshow: Floricultura

Take a tour through Floricultura’s new young orchid facility in Salinas, Calif.

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May 2, 2011

Obituary: Remembering Barbara Carlson

Barbara Carlson, devoted wife of long-time GG columnist and advisor Dr. Will Carlson, died Thursday, April 18, at Stoneleigh Hospice Residence in Lansing, Mich. For more than 25 years, she and Will nurtured the bedding plant industry by building a trade association that served hundreds of growers–Bedding Plants International (BPI). In addition to being a homemaker for Will and their sons, Will and Wayne, Barbara became BPI’s office manager and was a fabulous hostess to a constant stream of graduate students and visitors from the horticultural industry while Will was part of the horticultural faculty at Michigan State University (MSU). “She’ll be greatly missed,” son Will says. “I’m sure God called her home quickly to help manage my father.” Dr. Will died just over a year ago, January 20, 2010. Barbara was born July 20, 1942 on Staten Island, N.Y., and was the second child of Chief Petty Officer Ralph […]

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