In This Issue
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.
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 […]
Greenhouse Grower’s State Of The Industry survey goes beyond the numbers to find out what growers are doing to support the GROW Initiative by helping consumers be more successful, understanding and work with their own customers better, and investing in our industry.
Community and urban gardens are increasingly popular throughout the country and are a great way to cultivate new customers and invest in the industry. By coordinating or supporting these projects, growers and retailers are connecting more deeply with their communities and introducing gardening to a new audience that previously may not have had the space, resources, knowledge or even interest to grow something of their own. According to the 2011-2012 Community Gardening Organization Survey, conducted by the American Community Gardening Association and Rutgers University, participants in community gardens identified the following benefits they received. This list is a great tool for building interest with today’s greener, more urban, more local-focused consumers: Source: Community Gardening Organization Survey 2011-2012, conducted by the American Community Gardening Association and Rutgers University.
Green building and urban and small-space gardening are on the rise. Find out why the new green revolution is changing the city landscape and what the floriculture industry needs to do to supply this demand.
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.
ANLA and OFA have become one organization under the American Horticulture Industry Association or AmericanHort.
Finicky yellow petunias require ample nutrition through aggressive fertilizer use during propagation.
Communicating the health benefits of plants is an effective way to market to younger generations.
In part one of a two-part series, Michigan State University researchers share their findings in germinating seedlings with LED lights.
When considering a fertilizer’s influence on media pH, you need to know its acid or basic reaction.
To Make The Public Fall In Love With Plants, We Must Take Initiative, Be Passionate And Repeat Ourselves
The best way to predict the future is to invent it, says Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s Kelly Norris. He says he believes in the power of our industry to plant the world a more beautiful place, to influence people to grow sustainable food and to make conscientious decisions about how they engage with our environment.
These techniques will help you plan your production season with less stress and fewer challenges.
Change your way of thinking to make everything easier and every day brighter.
Growers can no longer rely on the quality of their crops to speak for them. Consultant Jerry Montgomery shares his thoughts on the operations taht understand that an amalgamation of all the business disciplines — including marketing — is necessary to grow and prosper.
Phosphorus is an essential element, after all.
Three major policy challenges are converging in January that will set the stage for the economy early into 2014: budget, Obamacare and the debt ceiling. It’s the ultimate three-ring circus.
New fertilizer products not only deliver optimum nutrition, they also provide for easier application and increased efficiency. Check out these new products to help your operation produce a healthy crop in 2014. BioSafe Plant Food BioSafe Plant Food is made of a blend of oilseed extract derived from plants, for plants. It is easy to absorb and metabolize, and provides nutrition that helps plants grow stronger roots, greener foliage and more blooms. Coast of Maine Organic Lobster And Kelp Plant Food To complement its Quoddy Blend Lobster Compost, Coast of Maine launched its new, super premium, granulated, organic-approved fertilizer. It is made with lobster, crab, fish and kelp meal, plus worm castings and other natural ingredients. The fertilizer will supercharge the biological activity of the compost, giving vegetable gardens a high-calorie energy boost. It is also high in calcium (6 percent) to help boost plant vigor and immunity. Everris Osmocote […]
Industry members specializing in tropical and foliage crops weigh in on promoting plants to improve the comfort and design of consumers’ living spaces.
The inaugural Richard T. Meister Scholarship was awarded to Jared Barnes during his Ph.D. candidacy at North Carolina State University, where he focused on quantifying factors that affect soilless substrate pH.
Diving into Facebook, Twitter and search engine optimization requires a new set of skills, but also a new mindset. Here’s what Senior Editor Online Sara Tambascio sees working in content marketing.
New fertilizer products are focusing on micronutrients and providing efficient options for organic production.
Whether you have a current site that needs an overhaul or are starting from scratch, these steps will make sure your online presence is saying the right things about you.
Your website speaks volumes about you – is it saying the right thing?
Dramm is now offering a stainless steel nozzle that can be used for all versions of the Autofog chemical applicator.
The light-producing plant is only available in a limited quantity of 20 plants, which will be auctioned off to the public via the Bioglow website.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has approved a plan proposed by a private company to turn acres of land it bought in the city into workable farmland to produce fresh food for the Detroit area.