November 30, 2010

Slideshow: Aris’s Greenhouse Construction

[imageviewer] Aris Horticulture’s construction of 239,580 square feet of new greenhouses is moving along quickly at its Keepsake Plants facility in Fort Myers, Fla. The construction is part of a consolidation of facilities between the company’s locations in Fort Myers and Parrish, Fla. “Replacing some older facilities allows the company to further take advantage of the southwest Florida growing environment, providing increased stock capacity for tropical hibiscus and mandevilla, and improving quality of azalea production,” says Gary Knipe, managing director. “The consolidation of orders between farms will make ordering and shipping of multiple products easier for our customers and more efficient for us.” The first plantings started in early November, only a few months after construction began. The target date for the new greenhouses to be fully operational is mid-January. Products grown at the Fort Myers facility includes azaleas, tropical hibiscus, mandevillas potted roses and rooted garden mums and asters.

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November 17, 2010

Emerald Coast Expands Perennial Propagation Space

[imageviewer] Emerald Coast Growers sees growth and the potential for more in the perennial young plant market. To meet that growth and potential, the operation is adding three new greenhouse blocks at two of its Florida locations. At headquarters in Pensacola, two new houses totaling about 15,000 square feet are dedicated to propagating some of the company’s hundreds of perennial varieties. The gas-heated, double-poly structures are equipped with mist irrigation and grow lights. As of early November, they were finished and being covered. The company’s largest facility is a 50-acre farm near Milton, Fla., where most grasses are field-grown and divided in greenhouses. Here, the third greenhouse will bring 20,000 square feet online with January as the target completion month. The greenhouses are XS Smith’s Criteria series. "[It’s] the perfect house for the Southeast, and the price is right,” says Paul Babikow, Emerald Coast co-owner. “For what we needed, these […]

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November 11, 2010

Orchid Grower Silver Vase Adds New Facility

[imageviewer] Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Orchid and bromeliad producer Silver Vase has added a new facility in Central Florida. It has contracted to use Magic Tropicals’ facility in Apopka, Fla., to flower, pack and ship Silver Vase’s European varieties. “Demand for our beautiful and long-lasting products has far exceeded expectations, and we immediately went into action with a solution that allows us to seamlessly serve our customers’ increased needs and higher expectations while maintaining our signature level of service and quality,” says Silver Vase CEO Andrew Bartha. “Added to that, our customers will enjoy further time savings on shorter distribution distance, greater trucking options and larger plant availability, and will be able to pick up product at one of the great horticultural hubs of our country.” This arrangement allows Silver Vase to supply an additional 17,000 orchids and 4,000 bromeliads a week, along with its new line of […]

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October 4, 2010

New Denver Botanic Gardens Greenhouses Are Standouts

[imageviewer] The Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the middle of the City of Denver. The new, $15 million, 15,000 square foot greenhouse production range and Orangerie officially opened the week of Sept. 20. The project was publicly funded through a voter-approved Better Denver Bond Program that included additional revitalization efforts around the city. Nexus Greenhouse Co. was the design/build/manufacturer of the production range, as well as the Orangerie. There are six Vail, gutter-connected structures in the production range, each 30-feet x 88-feet. They are divided into 12 zones with a 10-foot corridor and a 17-foot gutter height. Glazing is 16-mm impact modified acrylic and Viracon low Solar screen low-E (emissivity) insulated glass. The Orangerie is a 14-feet by 195-feet and 14-feet by 34-feet aluminum lean-to greenhouse with Acrylic and Viracon glazing with roll-up style doors. The new complex features state-of-the-art greenhouses with flexibility for 12 climate control options. […]

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September 20, 2010

Ohio State Greenhouses Damaged In Tornado

A tornado ripped through the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) on the campus of Ohio State University in Wooster last Thursday, flattening one greenhouse and damaging others. One student suffered injuries, but most of the 400 or so faculty and staff at the facility had already left before the storm arrived. OARDC spokesman Mauricio Espinoza told the Akron Beacon Journal that half of the three-story Agricultural Engineering Building was flattened. Photos of the damage, including a car blown over from a parking lot that rests in front of a research greenhouse, can be seen at Ohio.com.

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August 27, 2010

Getting The Most Out Of Light Measurements

Does the quality of your greenhouse-grown plants or number of cut flowers harvested decrease in the winter? Do your cuttings take longer to fully root during certain times of the year? Do you own HID lamps but don’t know when you should use them? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, this article will shine some light on how to solve some of these production problems. In commercial greenhouses, growers can implement several strategies to increase quality and yield, decrease propagation or production time, and enhance root and shoot development of seedlings and cuttings. One fundamental way this can be achieved is by successfully managing and manipulating greenhouse light levels. However, before managing the light in your greenhouse, it is important to know what type of light you are measuring, how to measure it and how manipulating it will affect your crops. Measuring Light 101 The footcandle […]

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July 23, 2010

Nexus Supports American Red Cross At OFA

Nexus had a little fun at OFA Short Course this year while raising money for disaster relief for the American Red Cross. At its booth, Nexus had a spinning wheel that allowed people to not only make American Red Cross donations, but also win a few prizes. Ultimately, Nexus helped raise $1,230 for the American Red Cross. The grand prize was a trip for two to either California Spring Trials for growers or to the ANLA Management Clinic in Louisville for retailers. That prize was won by Tom Mahoney of Mahoney’s Garden Centers in Massachusetts. Other growers and retailers went home with prizes ranging from Nexus logo shirts and hats to discounts on their next greenhouse project. Visit NexusCorp.com to learn about some of the community projects with which Nexus employees have been involved Click “Things We Support” at NexusCorp.com.

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July 23, 2010

Storm Damages Green Circle Greenhouses

Green Circle Growers sustained damage to more than 15 acres of greenhouse Thursday night as a result of high winds and storms that moved through Northeast Ohio. Night crews were working at the time of the storm, however no injuries were reported. Damage is still being assessed, but initial reports indicate little structural damage. The biggest loss is of glass panels and to crops beneath them. Learn more about Green Circle Growers at GreenCircleGrowers.com.

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July 15, 2010

Co-Ex’s New Poly Sheet Is Macrolux C

Macrolux C is a new, solid polycarbonate general purpose sheet from Connecticut-based Co-Ex Corporation. Macrolux C is ideal for use in a variety of applications, including machine guards, glazing applications, thermoformed parts and any application needing high light transmission and clarity combined with superior impact strength. A full range of sheets will be offered by CO-EX in thicknesses from 0.093 inches to 0.500 inches thick and sheet sizes of 4 x 8 feet, 5 x 8 feet and 6 x 8 feet. Macrolux C will initially be offered in general purpose grade clear but can be special ordered to meet a grower’s exact specifications. For protection during shipping, it will be supplied with white stick masking on both sides.  Visit co-excorp.com for more information on Macrolux C. Learn about the company’s new sales and marketing director.

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July 10, 2010

Green Circle Going Strong

I was fortunate to visit Green Circle last year. Since my visit then, Green Circle has installed five brand-new biomass boilers that heat all 90 acres of the operation’s greenhouses–even its greenhouses located across the street. Green Circle has an extremely impressive system for its massive boilers, starting with its wood chip storage facility and ending in a facility with five the Vynche boilers. Green Circle’s orchid production is a sight to see, as well. It produces about 1.35 million orchids each year and services Walmart, Home Depot and grocery chains. Green Circle’s orchid business with those customers did so well this spring, in fact, that additional greenhouses will be built for more production. In all, Green Circle has 12 bays with orchids and each bay can store 100,000 to 104,000 orchids.

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May 25, 2010

Snow Loads: Holding The Winter Weight

A brutal winter can be a real wake-up call for growers. Forcing you to ask questions: Are my greenhouse structures up to par? Are they strong enough to withstand heavy snow from a late and unexpected storm while we’re in the middle of production? The questions are legitimate ones, and industry veterans provide some answers. They explain how a little practicality, heat and attentiveness can go a long way – and may even save the season for your operation. Snow Removal Along with keeping a close eye on the local and national weather reports, Jaderloon’s Neil Devaney advises removing all exterior shade cloth before anything else. “The snow will grab that cloth a lot more and hold,” he says. “If that happens, it won’t go anywhere and just turn into ice.” Once the snow starts coming down, Devaney says long-handled brooms and PVC pipes are excellent for manually working the […]

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May 25, 2010

Eager To Build

There is no voice in the sky, like the one delivering messages to Kevin Costner’s character in the movie “Field Of Dreams,” whispering about building greenhouses and the result being more customers. But what if the voice in the sky is, instead, your instinct telling you this is the year to build more greenhouses? Would you follow your instinct? Few growers have followed their instincts to build, at least looking at the last couple years, and they cite poor weather or the economy as the factors that put their operation’s expansion plans off another year. There’s nothing wrong with citing those factors, of course: Good weather is a must and a strong economy is important, too, if you’re going to add greenhouses every year or two. But sticking to a big-picture growth plan–if growth is, in fact, part of the vision you have for your operation–should be a factor in […]

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