April 4, 2007

Tips On Thrips And PGRs

The latest edition of the New England Greenhouse Update features strategies for controlling thrips and tospoviruses along with using plant growth regulators (PGR) on mixed containers, flats and small containers. To view this electronic bulletin published by Extension agents at University of Massachusetts and University of Connecticut, visit http://www.negreenhouseupdate.info/greenhouse_update/

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March 28, 2007

Tips On Mealybugs And Aphids

Michigan State University Entomologist David Smitley shares control strategies at http://www.ipm.msu.edu/grnhouse07/G3-06-07.htm

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March 28, 2007

Perennial Planning Wheel

Northwest Horticulture in Mabton, Wash., just received the Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement for its Grower Planning Wheel in the trade-special project category. Interested in this handy tool? Contact Northwest Horticulture at http://www.northwesthorticulture.com

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March 21, 2007

Integrated Pest Management Survey

Steve Newman at Colorado State University is conducting a survey to design online training modules in Integrated Pest Management for commercial greenhouses. Your input as growers would be greatly appreciated. To participate in the confidential survey, visit http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB2269NDDJWXH

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March 14, 2007

Grower Tool: Liner Dip Tips

Michigan State University’s Erik Runkle provides growers tips on plant growth retardant liner dips. For more information, visit http://www.ipm.msu.edu/grnhouse07/G3-05-07.htm

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March 14, 2007

MSU’s Horticulture Gardening Institute Folds

March is the last month for Michigan State University’s (MSU) online courses through the Horticulture Gardening Institute. Courses included container gardening, SmartGarden, herbaceous perennials for sun and for shade. Courses must be completed by March 31 to receive certification from MSU. The courses are now part of www.learn2grow.com, a Web site that offers expert advice, peer-to-peer sharing, online gardening classes, articles, garden guides and projects. For more information, visit www.learn2grow.com.

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March 7, 2007

Imported Plants Blamed For Invasive Pests

The Nature Conservancy is making a case for USDA to be as stringent with the importation of ornamentals as it is with fruits and vegetables. If USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service implements the conservancy’s recommendations, risk assessments will need to be conducted for hundreds of plant genera before they can be imported again. The conservancy’s goal is to protect forests from devastating diseases, like Sudden Oak Death. If the floodgates of imported plant material are open, how do we close them without disrupting our supply? What would you like to see APHIS do? Drop us a line at [email protected]

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March 7, 2007

TMV Or Iron Deficiency?

New England Extension agents are helping growers sort it out in its recent Update, which is a great resource for cultural information: http://www.negreenhouseupdate.info/greenhouse_update/

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February 28, 2007

Oregon Growers Host SAF’s Pest Management Conference

More than 120 growers, allied industry members, educators and researchers gathered for the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Pest Management Conference in Portland, Ore., over the weekend. GG’s Editor Delilah Onofrey was on location gathering the latest in insect and disease control and visiting growers and garden centers in the area, along with the big Yard, Garden & Patio Show. For highlights of the grower tour, featuring Clackamas Greenhouses, Oregon Flowers and Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, visit her blog at: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/delilah/page.php?page=constant

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January 10, 2007

Bayer Advanced Wins 7th Consecutive Trophy

Bayer Advanced Wins 7th Consecutive Trophy  The Bayer Advanced float also debuted the All-America Rose Selections’ 2007 winners for best roses of the year — Rainbow Knock Out, Moondance and Strike it Rich. For more information click here. World’s Tallest Roses Reign at 2007 Rose Parade www.OrganicBouquet.com makes history with spectacular 5+ foot tall eco-blooms Pasadena, Calif. (December 28, 2006)–Billions of flowers have adorned the floats of the Rose Parade in its 117-year history, but never a rose that stands as tall as the Rose Queen herself… until this year. Organic Bouquet (www.OrganicBouquet.com), the eco-flower pioneer, announces the debut of the World’s Tallest Roses at the 118th Rose Parade in Pasadena, where they will grace the float of the 89th Rose Queen, Mary McCluggage, as well as the Santa Fe Springs float. The first certified sustainably grown flowers ever used in Rose Parade history, these magnificent red roses grow naturally […]

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January 10, 2007

Smithers-Oasis Acquires Floralife From Rohm and Haas

Smithers-Oasis Acquires Floralife From Rohm and Haas  CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2007—Smithers-Oasis Company, a privately held company headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of floral foam and related products, has purchased Floralife®, Inc., a recognized leader of post-harvest floral products, from AgroFresh, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rohm and Haas Company, for an undisclosed amount. Rohm and Haas is a publicly- traded specialty materials company based in Philadelphia. Smithers-Oasis manufactures and markets floral foams, accessories and floral mechanics to the retail floral market worldwide. Floralife manufactures and markets a complete line of post-harvest flower care products for the floral industry. Both companies also manufacture and market products for the grower/greenhouse industry. The product lines of both Smithers-Oasis and Floralife are highly complementary, according to Smithers-Oasis Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Walton. “This acquisition offers perfect synergy of product lines, distribution […]

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January 3, 2007

Myers Industries to Acquire ITML Horticultural Products

December 28, 2006, Akron, Ohio— Diversified international manufacturer and distributor Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire ITML Horticultural Products, Inc.® ITML, a private company based in Ontario, Canada, is a leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of plastic containers and related products for professional floriculture / horticulture grower markets across North America. The acquisition, which is expected to close in early 2007, is subject to customary conditions of closing. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed at this time, but the Company expects to host a conference call after closing to discuss details with the investment community. John C. Orr, president and chief executive officer of Myers Industries, said, “This acquisition is consistent with our Strategic Business Evolution process to grow our key business segments with accretive transactions that strengthen our brand portfolio, provide value-added capabilities, and deepen relationships […]

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