December 2013

In This Issue

Plant Breeder Troy Thorup: If Consumers’ Needs Aren’t Met, They Won’t Buy

Troy Thorup breeds various seed and vegetative annual bedding plants for PanAmerican Seed. He has been a breeder for 13 years and holds a Ph.D. in plant genetics and breeding GG: What crops do you feel will be relevant and important over the next 30 years? Thorup: Anything that can balance the combination of beautiful and hard to kill. GG: Will the fervor for all new varieties continue in the industry? Will breeders begin to focus on filling consumers’ needs? Thorup: In my breeding, I don’t view these two things as separate issues. My goal in creating new varieties is largely driven to fulfill consumers’ needs. At the end of the day, if the consumers’ needs aren’t met, they will not buy the product. GG: How will breeders address needs to reduce chemicals by increasing crop resistance to pests and diseases? Thorup: This is a tough question to answer concisely […]

A Day In The Life Of A Grower: 2020

At the current rate of technological advancement and the drive to automate business processes to improve efficiencies, there are sure to be many changes for greenhouse growers in the next few years.

The Future Of Greenhouse Structures

We’re not predicting the end of the Quonset or big gutter-connect ranges. We do, however, believe you will see a dramatic change in the ways some traditional structures work, where greenhouses are built, or even what is considered a “greenhouse” in the future.

Today’s Breeders On Tomorrow’s Plants

One of the future challenges is the continuing need for new and improved crops for the consumer. Make no mistake about it, new crops — and new breeders — are the lifeblood of this industry.

Latest Stories

October 24, 2016

Drought Update: It’s Spreading, But Greenhouse Gr…

Areas of the Eastern U.S. are experiencing some of the same drought headaches that California growers are all too familiar with. But there are steps you can take to survive and perhaps even profit.

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October 22, 2016

Here’s A Great Way To Bring Horticulture And Scho…

The Green Plan It Challenge gives school students in the U.K. the opportunity to participate in a 10-week project where they rethink the role of green space and develop solutions to horticulture-related problems.

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October 21, 2016

How To Select The Best Nutrients For Growing Cannabis

With a little bit of knowledge about the requirements of cannabis plants and how they absorb and utilize nutrients, you can confidently select the products you need without breaking the bank.

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Sakata vincent-choice-sunflower

October 20, 2016

Sakata Develops New Downy Mildew Resistant Sunflower

‘Vincent’s Choice Deep Orange DMR’ has a deep orange color and a bit more pointed petal form than the other varieties in the Vincent series. It is resistant to more than 10 races of downy mildew that currently affect sunflower.

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Albert Grimm, Jefferys Greenhouses

October 19, 2016

How Jeffery’s Greenhouse Is Investing In The Indu…

Greenhouse Grower reached out to Albert Grimm, the 2016 Head Grower of the Year and Head Grower of Jeffery’s Greenhouse, to ask what he and his company have done in the last 12 months to invest in the industry. Here is what he had to say.

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October 18, 2016

Dümmen Orange Buys Rose Breeder, Participates In Petal …

Dümmen Orange will be hitting the streets of Columbus, OH, this week, handing out some of its favorite flowers as part of the Petal it Forward program in partnership with the Society of American Florists.

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October 18, 2016

Lighting Research Center Is Surveying Growers On Supple…

The Center, part of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is looking for commercial growers to participate in an online survey regarding supplemental greenhouse lighting.

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October 18, 2016

The Best Garden Products Retailers Found At This Year&#…

We reached out to dozens of plant retailers, asking them to name their favorite products from the summer trade shows. Here’s a slideshow of their non-greengoods picks.  

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October 18, 2016

How To Do Your Own Consumer Research

We talk to Fuel Insight's Doug Sapp about his tips on figuring out how customers really shop your store.

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October 17, 2016

How To Make Your Plant Yard Easier To Shop

Garden retail consultant Robert Hendrickson once observed that merchandisers at garden centers seem to have a bungee cord attached to their belts. They can work freely indoors, but the moment they reach the doors to the outdoor plant sales yard, they’re yanked back inside. That problem doesn’t seem to exist in Europe, as any American plant retailer who has toured their peers overseas can attest. Luckily, a European visual merchandiser who understands how to boost plants sales with effective displays, has written a book designed for non-merchandisers. Antje Verstl’s ‘Eagle & Frog’ is packed with tips and illustrating photos, so readers can clearly understand her advice. After reading her book, I asked Verstl a few questions about her views on plant merchandising and what kind of advice she’d give to American garden retailers. Q. Good visual merchandising can be expensive (labor-wise, and sometimes in materials) and time-consuming. Many retailers feel their staff is too […]

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October 17, 2016

Altman Plants Hosts Media Day To Highlight Its Water Sa…

This month, Altman celebrated more than 100 million gallons of water saved since its water recycling program began operation.

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Coreopsis 'Madras Magic' (Terra Nova Nurseries)

October 17, 2016

New 2016 Perennial Introductions For Zone 6 And Up

Some perennials are at their best in warmer climates, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used in colder areas for season-specific containers or grown with cool-crop annuals to add some unique offerings to a product mix. Here are 11 new introductions hitting retail in 2017 that are hardy in Zone 6 and up.

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October 17, 2016

International Forum Of Agricultural Robotics Will Highl…

The inaugural event, organized by two France-based companies, is designed to bring together ag robotics stakeholders to discuss, debate, and exchange ideas on the future of agriculture.

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October 17, 2016

11 Award Winning Annuals You’ll Want On Your Benc…

All America Selections tests plants in gardens across the country for performance and health. Here are 11 that have made the cut over the past couple of years.

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Caterpillar on leaf

October 15, 2016

Offer Your Customers Host Plants For Caterpillars And B…

Just like bees need plants that provide pollen, butterflies rely on plants for a place to lay their eggs and to provide a food source for emerging caterpillars. Check out this list of plants for caterpillars and butterflies from Michigan State University Extension.

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Bees on flowers

October 13, 2016

45 Pollinator Friendly Perennials Sure To Attract Bees

Pollinator friendly perennials are the foundation of a well-rounded pollinator garden. Check out this list of 45 perennials that are sure to attract bees.

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eric smith Biosafe

October 13, 2016

BioSafe’s New Hort Sales Rep Says Water Regulation And …

Eric Smith, BioSafe Systems’ New Horticultural Technical Sales Representative, has several years of experience that he says will help him when working with growers on critical issues facing them.

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Echinacea Butterfly Postman

October 12, 2016

16 New Perennials For Pollinator Gardens

Customers who want to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to their gardens need plants that will provide food, shelter, and protection throughout the year. Consider carrying a few of these 16 pollinator-friendly perennials for retail sales in 2017.

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