In This Issue
The perennials category is gaining more attention as growers expand their crop mixes. Breeders focused on plant hardiness, longevity and use in containers, as well as the landscape. Here are 13 new varieties to consider for 2015 production.
With plants for every use from decorating the kitchen table to gifts to patio containers, breeders are honing in on consumer demand for more variety in potted plant options. Here are 20 new varieties to integrate into your crop mix.
The range of 2015 annual introductions at California Spring Trials is astounding. Breeders placed a large emphasis on compact plants, container components and providing grower solutions. Here are 29 annuals varieties to consider for production in the upcoming season.
Retailers often look to their plant suppliers for ideas of how to increase their plants sales with smart marketing plans. The California Spring Trials were packed with great concepts you can pass along to your customers.
Many breeders are aware of the problem and are striving to ensure that plants in a customer’s home garden will live up to the visual appeal the plant has on a store display bench. A lot of the resulting plants were on display in California.
With changes to the Facebook newsfeed algorithm, Page posts are losing their reach. Will ads be the only way to find an audience now?
Specialty agriculture has an enormous role to play in improving pollinator health. Here is what growers can expect to see from government agencies and industry associations.
Creating our own advocacy is an important tool in areas like presenting science-based knowledge about pollinator health, and informing the public about how growers already preserve natural resources through responsible practices like integrated pest management (IPM), water reclamation and recycling, plastic recycling and sustainability initiatives.
Biopesticides generally pose fewer risks than their chemical counterparts , making them a viable alternative for conventional and organic programs.
Bachman’s, a wholesale nursery and retail business based in Minnesota, has taken measures to address the steady decline of bees and other pollinators, including eliminating the use of neonicotinoids in some of its own production.
The Dümmen Group recently introduced Ignite Research, located in a re-purposed facility at the previous Fides-Oro greenhouse location in Santa Paula, Calif. Dümmen operates breeding trials throughout North America with a variety of growers, and Ignite Reasearch provides it with its own dedicated facility, allowing trials to be completed in California growing conditions.
To demonstrate good environmental stewardship, growers need an understanding of the issues presenting risks to bees and of strategies to minimize the risks. Knowing where to find key product information and how to interpret it can help growers make sound choices regarding the application of effective products.
This is the second article of the four article series highlighting the production and use of pine wood chips as aggregates in greenhouse substrates.
Try out these new pollinator-friendly varieties the next time you want to attract birds, bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.
Dr. Joe Bischoff, AmericanHort’s director of regulatory and legislative affairs, says it is important that we are informed and prepared to talk about the issue of pesticides, pollinators and the overarching concerns of bee health in a calm and clear manner. This is a topic where emotions can run high, and part of our role should be in explaining the need for balance and scientifically based solutions.
Allan Armitage celebrates 30 years of writing Tips Of The Trade for Greenhouse Grower and reflects on some memorable moments.
Cornell University researchers look at the impact cultural factors such as substrate amendments and substrate water-holding capacity have on fungus gnat populations.
Do your part to promote pollinator-friendly plants in your community through outreach and education.
The impact of systemic insecticides on bees and other pollinators is not new phenomenon. Kansas State University Entomology Professor Raymond Cloyd says we, as an industry, need to work together to provide unbiased information that is based in sound science.
Grower Gary Mangum offers his view on the importance of farm diversification and why growing medical marijuana could be a positive for the agriculture industry.