Take a quick look behind the scenes at the people and programs that help make this operation a success.
Take a quick look behind the scenes at the people and programs that help make this operation a success.
October 7, 2015
National Garden Bureau Names Four Crops For 2016 “Year Of The” Program
The National Garden Bureau announced four crop selections for its 2016 "Year Of The" program. New this year is the addition of a bulb crop class and a video created especially for the edibles class.
October 7, 2015
Ball FloraPlant Eliminates Neonicotinoid Use On Its Offshore Cuttings Farms
Ball FloraPlant has announced its offshore cuttings farms did not use neonicotinoid-based pest management chemicals during its spring crop production last shipping season, and will continue to be neonic free this year. Instead, the company and its greenhouse managers have relied on alternative means to supply insect-free cuttings to its global customer base.
October 7, 2015
How BASF’s UK Biological Production Facility Expansion Affects U.S. Growers
BASF has expanded its biologicals production facility in Littlehampton, UK. The new capacity increases the company’s ability to double the production of beneficial nematodes and inoculants.
January 28, 2015
2015 Farwest Show Will Host International Trials Confer…
The 2015 International Trials Conference will be held in conjunction with this year's Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon. The conference focuses on the latest research and techniques for trialing annual, perennial and woody plants.
January 27, 2015
Remembering Joe Lutey Of Wojo’s Greenhouses
Friends and colleagues are mourning the death of Joe Lutey, 32, who died January 21, 2015. Lutey's passion for both growing and garden retail had an impact on the industry. He participated on various industry advisory boards and brought fresh ideas that improved both Wojo's Greenhouse and the industry as a whole.
July 24, 2013
July 2013 Greenhouse Grower Online Exclusives
Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower July 2013 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the July 2013 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Savour Basil Trees Introduced By Pacific Plug And LinerPacific Plug & Liner’s new grafted basil plant brings a consumer-friendly presentation to a traditional herb product. Food Safety Practices at Green City GrowersGraham Tucker, general manager of Green City Growers in Cleveland, Ohio, talks about how sticking to food safety practices is of paramount importance at the 10-acre hydroponic lettuce and leafy greens production greenhouse. Vegetalis Delivers Bigger, Better Patio Tomatoes Allan Armitage says Floranova and Vegetalis are going beyond small patio varieties to develop big, abundant fruit for patio vegetable consumers. Dümmen North America Wins The Medal Of Excellence For MarketingDümmen North America’s Confetti […]
June 3, 2013
Reader’s Choice Voting Rules And Conditions
Voting Period. Readers’ Choice voting begins on June 28 and ends on July 14, 2014 at 12:01 P.M. ET. Who Can Vote. Growers, retailers, educators, suppliers, allieds and all members of the horticulture industry. Frequency of Voting. One vote per user is permitted in each semi-final category (Annuals, Perennials and Best of the Rest) and one vote is permitted in the final round, which will select the Readers’ Choice winner. Meister Media and Greenhouse Grower reserve the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any votes it finds to be tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the voting or violating the rules. How To Vote. Voting takes place at GreenhouseGrower.com/readerschoice Variety Eligibility. Varieties eligible for the Readers’ Choice award include those that were not commercially available to growers in North America before January 1, 2014. Entrants need not be displayed at California Spring Trials. Judging and Selection of Winners. There […]
April 25, 2013
Slowing The Spread Of Invasive Plants (opinion)
Reading Mark Gilsonâ€™s Perspective column this month reminded me of walks through parks near my home in Northeast Ohio, in which garlic mustard and purple loosestrife have taken over and created near-monocultures. Iâ€™ve strolled through Lake Erieâ€™s Mentor Marsh, where, in some areas, instead of seeing the diversity of plants and wildlife native to a 600-acre wetland, you walk through a tunnel of invasive common reed (Phragmites australis), which towers overhead on both sides of the boardwalk, nearly blocking out the sky. When Gilson contacted me about his suggestion of evaluating new introductions for invasive potential, I was immediately interested. Is the horticulture industry responsible for the invasive plant problem? No, not entirely, although certainly some problem plants were introduced through the horticultural trade. But can we be part of the solution? Absolutely. Collectively, we have the ability to see invasive potential in plants before they are introduced into the […]
April 23, 2013
Laura Drotleff Returns As Managing Editor Of Greenhouse…
Greenhouse Grower is pleased to announce the return of Laura Drotleff to our editorial team. Drotleff is rejoining the staff as managing editor for both Greenhouse Grower and its sister publication, Today’s Garden Center. Many of you will remember Drotleff from her previous stint with our magazine. She grew up on a farm and earned a B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications at Michigan State before joining Greenhouse Grower in 1999. She traveled to Europe, Asia and Central America to cover the floriculture market for Greenhouse Grower and was an active participant in the industry, serving with FloraStar and other industry association committees. She was also part of the launch of Today’s Garden Center in 2004. Drotleff stepped away from the magazine in 2006 to start a family, but has remained active in the floriculture industry as a frequent contributor to both Greenhouse Grower and Today’s Garden Center and […]
December 11, 2012
December 2012 Online Exclusives
Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower December 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the December 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Pot-Moving Robots In The GreenhouseMetrolina tests Harvest Automation equipment for moving 10-inch and larger pots around the greenhouse. How To Create Vibrant Mum CombinationsFollow these tips to create beautiful and healthy mum combos. Video Content Marketing With Wenke SunbeltWenke Sunbelt has taken the leap into video marketing on YouTube, with promotions for Kwik Kombos, SunPatiens, Celosia ‘Intenz’ and more. Follow Greenhouse Grower on Facebook Follow Greenhouse Grower on Twitter
October 31, 2012
Stuppy’s Greenhouse Manufacturing Remembers Forme…
On behalf of Linda Gail Barnett, Stuppy’s Greenhouse Manufacturing issued the following statement: Linda Gail Barnett, the Vice President of greenhouse sales at Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing, died Oct. 27 at the North Kansas City Hospital. Linda was employed at Stuppy’s for 40 years before retiring July 2010. She marketed and sold greenhouses all across the United States as well as internationally. She was instrumental in the success, development and sale of new products for Stuppy. She also contributed her ideas to many equipment and covering manufacturers in the horticultural industry. She held an honorary degree from the state of Missouri and the FFA.
October 23, 2012
The Industry Remembers Harlan Hamernik
The plant world lost one of its most knowledgeable and passionate members on Oct. 18, 2012 with the death of Harlan Hamernik, founder of Bluebird Nursery in Clarkson, Neb. Hamernik, 76, died following an explosion and fire at his home in Clarkson. The cause of the explosion is being in investigated, but authorities have ruled out foul play and believe it was accidental. Hamernik’s Life And Legacy Hamernik and his wife, Shirley, founded Bluebird Nursery in 1958. The nursery now has three locations in Clarkson, growing more than 2,000 varieties of perennials, herbs, grasses and wildflowers. The Hamerniks’ three sons, Tom, Chuck and Mike now run the nursery. While Hamernik was considered one of the most knowledgeable plantsmen in the business, his passion to learn more never waned. He went on exploration trips to China, Inner Mongolia and Tibet, searching for new plants to bring back, introducing many of them […]
October 10, 2012
October 2012 Greenhouse Grower Online Exclusives
Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower October 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the October 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Jerry Montgomery’s Spring 2012 Retail Reports Atlanta Baltimore Charlotte Cleveland Columbus Philadelphia Southern Florida Southern California Lantana Culture NotesUse this advice from Syngenta Flowers on this heat-loving annual to grow a healthy crop. QR Codes: MasterTag Share The Power Of The TagWith online resources, plant tags can be more powerful than ever. Gerry Giorgio explains how MasterTag is working to take advantage of the power of the tag, including using QR codes. 10% Projects In Depth Who Is Your Customer? Today’s Garden Center and Emory University professor Susan Hogan team up to help Lakeview Nurseries better understand their customers and, ultimately, increase […]
September 27, 2012
“We’ve Always Done It That Way” (But …
Because we’ve always done it that way.” What do you think of that phrase? For me, there are few phrases in my professional life that I dislike hearing more. Why do I dislike it so much? Because it’s usually in answer to me or someone else questioning methods or materials in order to explore ways of doing things better. If the answer to “Why do we use XYZ supplier?” is, “Because we’ve always used them,” instead of “Because they have the best rates, or the best service, etc.,” it might be time to make a few calls. Make sure the reasons for which you first chose them are still true today. At Greenhouse Grower, it’s a question we always need to keep asking ourselves. Does our workflow still make sense as digital media continues to gain traction? Is there a good reason for always covering a given topic in […]
September 13, 2012
September 2012 Online Exclusives
Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower September 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the September 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Mid-September issue Measuring Daily Light Integral In A GreenhouseFor more information on measuring and monitoring light, see “Monitoring The Greenhouse Environment” or “Measuring Daily Light Integral in a Greenhouse” available in English and Spanish at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/HO/HO-238-W.pdf or http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/HO/HO-238-SW.pdf. Ecke’s President Explains The SaleAndy Higgins lays out the future of the brand, the company and owner Paul Ecke III after the sale of the Ecke Ranch to the Agribio Group. September issue 10 Vegetables Crops You Should ConsiderThinking about adding produce to your ornamentals mix? These greenhouse vegetable staples – and some others you may not have thought about – are a great place […]
August 17, 2012
August 2012 Online Exclusives
Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower August 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the August 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Variety Central Search Is HereSearch for varieties by genus, flower color, habit, height and more right now on our Variety Central Search online plant search. How To Determine Leaching FractionIf you use an open irrigation system, how much irrigation solution are you losing through the bottom of pots? How You Can Support The Farm BillSAF and ANLA both encourage industry members to reach out to their representatives to show support of the Farm Bill through prewritten messages on their sites, which you can find here on the SAF site and here on the ANLA site. More Standout Varieties From Spring TrialsWe’ve seen countless […]
August 2, 2012
Ball Horticultural Co.: 2012 New Varieties Guide
Ball FloraPlantAngelonia ‘Archangel Raspberry Improved’Brachyscome ‘Radiant Magenta’Calibrachoa Cabaret series – two new colorsCalibrachoa Can-Can series – three new colorsColeus ‘Honey Crisp’Coleus ‘Vino’Impatiens Patchwork series – three new colorsLantana Little Lucky series – new seriesLantana MixMasters Combo seriesLobelia Hot Spring series – new seriesOsteospermum ‘Serenity Bronze’Petunia ‘Lime Light’Petunia Suncatcher series – one new colorPetunia ‘Sun Spun Purple Star’Verbena Aztec series – three new colorsNew CombosBridesmaid Santa Fe SunsetCircus ParadeLemonade StandSpring Fling Ball IngenuityBegonia ‘Million Kisses Honeymoon’Begonia ‘Bon Bon Cherry’Begonia ‘Fire Balls’Dianthus ‘Green Ball’Petunia Pretty Grand series – new seriesPetunia Pretty Flora series – new seriesBurpee Home GardensBegonia ‘Sparks Will Fly’Petunia ‘Blue A Fuse’Solanum Bumper Crop series – six new colorsBoost High Nutrition Vegetables – two new colors Darwin PerennialsEchinacea ‘Sombrero Lemon Yellow’Echinacea ‘Double Scoop Cranberry’Heuchera Carnival series – seven new varietiesSalvia ‘Lyrical Rose’Viola Halo series- three new colors Kieft-Pro SeedsAquilegia Winky series – two new colorsCelosia ‘Celway Purple’Celosia ‘Sunday Wine Red’Digitalis […]
July 24, 2012
June 2012 Online Exclusives
Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower June 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the June 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Calibrachoa Production Toolkit: Propagation And Finishing Calibrachoa Finished Production TipsSyngenta Flowers’ Karl Trellinger shares tips for finishing the crop. Calibrachoa Propagation TipsSyngenta Flowers Karl Trellinger shares key tips for getting started with calibrachoa. Water Wisely Series How Plants Take Up WaterFind out exactly how plants take up water from substrates and which factors affect water uptake most. Hand Watering, Booms, Sprinklers Or Drip?Find out if your existing irrigation system is the most efficient one or if you could be watering more wisely. Subirrigation: Watering From The Ground UpFind out why sub-irrigation systems like capillary mats, floor and drain trays, troughs or benches and […]
July 24, 2012
July 2012 Online Exclusives
Welcome to the Greenhouse Grower July 2012 links page. Visit this page for all the links to videos, photos and online-only content referenced in the July 2012 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Scroll down to see our More Online content for this month and click on the link. Poinsettia Production Toolkit Tips For Poinsettia ProductionUse this advice on fertilization, and insect, disease and height control on poinsettias. Poinsettia Height Control StrategiesPlant growth regulator application strategies include using Bonzi, Florel and Gibberellic Acid. Protect Poinsettias From Key DiseasesA look at the diseases poinsettias encounter most and learn strategies to combat them. Arm Your Poinsettias Against Key InsectsA look at the insects that affect poinsettias most and learn how to best combat them. How To Differentiate In PoinsettiasLloyd Traven says growing the same, boring red poinsettias every year just doesn’t make sense when there’s opportunity to differentiate the crop and show consumers something […]
June 14, 2012
2012 California Spring Trials Takeaways
The California Spring Trials are a stimulating way to start the season. Every breeder’s displays are overflowing with new varieties – new cultivars, improved genetics, stunning colors. But growers don’t attend just to see a bunch of pretty, new plants. It’s a business trip, one of the most important you may make all year. You’re there to uncover ideas and solutions that are going to help grow your business. We’re just back from a week traveling up the West Coast, examining and discussing 2012 plant introductions with close to 40 companies. You’ll read a lot about what we discovered in this issue. But here are three overall trends we saw during those stops that you ought to be taking advantage of, or at least taking a long look at, as you begin making your plans for 2013: Vegetables. Edible crops were just about everywhere this year. This category has been […]
May 23, 2012
Reader’s Choice Award Voting Open – Vote Fo…
Voting is now open in the Annuals category for the Greenhouse Grower Medal Of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award (click here to vote). The Reader’s Choice Award works like this: voting is held in Annuals, Perennials and Best of the Rest categories. The winners from each category then go head to head for the Reader’s Choice Award. Breeders nominated their varieties among introductions not commercially available to growers in North America before January 1, 2012. Nominees in the Annuals category include: Petunia F1 Trilogy SeriesTakii & Co. Ltd. Cool Wave PansiesPanAmerican Seed Zonal Geranium ‘Salmon Frills’Ecke Ranch Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’Ernst Benary Of America ‘Lanai Candy Cane’ verbena Syngenta Flowers Inc. ‘Superbells Lemon Slice’ calibrachoa Proven Winners ‘Maestro Deep Red’ Zonal GeraniumEcke Ranch Crackling Fire Begonia boliviensis Suntory Flowers Surfinia Summer Double petunias Suntory Flowers Fuchsia City LightsEcke Ranch WonderFall Blue Picotee Shades Syngenta Flowers Inc. RED FOX Great Balls […]