In This Issue
Evaluate your business to determine how you can make your products and services more relevant to next-generation consumers.
Consumers are increasingly researching and buying plants online, forgoing traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Here’s how BigBadFlower.com and other online plant sellers will capitalize one growing internet sales.
The Sill provides fashionable, easy-care plants and services to busy city dwellers.
In the second part of a two-part series, Michigan State University researchers share their findings in germinating seedlings with LED lights.
Reducing temperatures during finishing (RTF) can reduce energy and input costs when producing poinsettias. Check out research from Purdue University and University of New Hampshire on how RTF influenced plant height, bract area index and time to marketability and first pollen shed.
Dyed flowers have their place in the market, but genetically blue orchids will provide true blue color and interest for many months.
BotaniGard biological insecticide controls whiteflies, thrips and aphids — even resistant strains.
Aria insecticide from FMC controls greenhouse pests including aphids, thrips and whiteflies.
Engulf is a new insecticide from Nufarm that provides mite control using a new active ingredient. As a class 21A miticide, Engulf offers a rotation alternative with long-lasting, translaminar activity against all major species of mites.
Nemasys and Millenium beneficial nematodes from BASF help provide biological control of fungus gnats, western flower thrips and shore flies.
Many growers are in need of durable carts and racks that can be used to both safely transport plants to retailers and provide a way to display them. The newest racks from U.S.-based Mid-West Wire Products, Inc. meet those needs for growers and because they’re offered at a competitive price, growers can feasibly recycle the racks after one or two uses.
A water crisis started in West Virginia last month after a chemical used in coal processing spilled into Elk River, affecting thousands of people and causing complications for local growers.
Beautification efforts through America In Bloom benefit communities through environmental services, economic paybacks and health and well-being enhancements — and they also benefit our industry.
As U.S. population demographics change, the market potential for non-traditional vegetable and herb niches may end up being very profitable for greenhouse growers.
The Michigan State University Extension Floriculture program has launched the first in a series of affordable self-paced online courses to help growers develop their production skills.
If you have a problem in the greenhouse, you know there are hundreds of other growers scratching their heads over the same subject right now. Some of them are coming up with ways to do things better.
D.S. Cole Growers has been having great success integrating a predatory mite release schedule with chemical controls to finally get the upper hand in the endless battle with spider mites.
D.S. Cole Growers has been having great success integrating a predatory mite release schedule with chemical controls. Here’s advice from D.S. Cole’s propagation grower Steven Courcy on releasing predatory mites. 1. Start releasing predatory mites early. By having a population of mites roaming the plants you can eliminate problems before they get out of control. 2. Do not try to use beneficials to eliminate an existing infestation. By the time the predatory mites have established on the crop, you will have passed the damage threshold. It is better to apply a compatible miticide like Floramite or horticultural oil and then begin releasing predators. 3. Beware of chemical residues. Certain pesticides can have a long residual effect after application. For example, the entire organophosphate mode of action can kill predatory mites for up to 12 weeks after application. There are excellent resources for determining the compatibility of chemicals with each mite […]
Allan Armitage says we all need each other to work together to best our outside competition.