February 3, 2016
New Plants, Products, And Trends From TPIE 2016
Tropicals, foliage, and succulents may be the way to new consumers’ hearts, based on the cool ideas, products, and trends presented at the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association’s (FNGLA) 2016 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE), January 20-22, 2016 at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The theme this year, Elevating Expectations, was fulfilled, renewing and reinvigorating attendees to carry forth their businesses into 2016 and beyond. TPIE showcases the latest trends in foliage, floral, and tropical plants, with a tradeshow of more than 200,000 square feet of show-stopping displays. While checking out new plants and products is a great excuse to travel to South Florida in late January, the threat of Storm Jonas bringing the snowstorm of the century to the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states had some show attendees booking flights early to get home before they were stranded. Still, reports from FNGLA said this year’s TPIE […]
February 8, 2016
Syngenta Has A New Buyer, Will Not Divest Flower Seeds Business
Syngenta has announced that it will likely approve an offer from ChemChina to acquire the company, which means it no longer plans to divest its flower seed business.
February 8, 2016
Gotham Greens Opens Newest Greenhouse In Queens, NY
The new facility, which was partially funded by grants based on reduced energy consumption, nearly triples Gotham Greens’ overall production capacity in New York.
January 27, 2016
Costa Farms’ Season Premier Provides Sneak Peek At New Varieties For 2017
Costa Farms presented the 2016 Season Premier at its 2-acre Trial Gardens in Miami, FL, in the third week of January. The event showcases varieties from breeders of all sizes to growers and major retail buyers, providing a look at what genetics are coming to the market and how they’ll perform in retail settings and in the landscape, when consumers bring them home. The mild winter climate in South Florida allows Costa Farms’ Research and Development Department to simulate the spring growing conditions of various regions in the country. Because each group of visitors to Costa Farms’ Trial Gardens wants to see what the new plants look like in the environments that matter to them, Season Premier offers several areas within the Trial Gardens that highlight different ways to look at the wealth of new varieties. The New Product Showcase offers a way for retailers to see how plants will […]
January 21, 2016
Green Industry Is Set For Continued Growth In 2016
Economist Charlie Hall says the outlook for the green industry is promising despite the havoc wreaked on plant sales by the downturn in housing.
January 20, 2016
Tips For Overcoming Challenges In Family Business From The Owners Of Costa Farms
Our industry is run by a collection of family businesses, and every one, no matter how big or small, has its share of management issues. But there are several differences between one that is run successfully as a business and one that allows family politics to distract from the organization’s goals. In this year’s State Of The Industry Survey, we noted that labor recruitment and succession are two areas where growers struggle. In talking with the owners of Costa Farms for this month’s cover story, I thought some of the values they have incorporated into the operation’s management structure really stood out as practices that other family businesses could use. The participatory management approach to business and team building is one that Tony Costa, the second-generation owner of Costa Farms, instilled in his children, Maria Costa-Smith and Jose Costa, and son-in-law, Joche Smith, the current owners of Costa Farms. In […]
January 18, 2016
Sign Up Now To Attend SAF Congressional Action Days In Washington, DC
Congressional Action Days is a great chance for Society of American Florists members to meet their state’s lawmakers and discuss the most critical issues they are facing.
January 13, 2016
Costa Farms Wins With Its Emphasis On Team, Solutions, Growth
Based in Miami, FL, Costa Farms has gone global by focusing on strategy, systems, and vertical integration. See how the operation continues to expand through its emphasis on team, solutions, and growth.
January 11, 2016
Kelly Norris: Questioning The Purpose Of New Plants
Norris asks if the time has come to rethink new plant introductions, or how we market them to consumers.
January 8, 2016
Floranova Opening New Chile-Based Research Station, Forgoing 2016 Spring Trials
Floranova has announced it is building a new research station in Chile that will open in mid-2016. As a result, the company will not participate in the 2016 California Spring Trials, but says it will be back in 2017.
January 5, 2016
Five Must-See Presentations At This Year’s Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE)
TPIE showcases the latest trends in foliage, floral, and tropicals, and features a trade show with 200,000 square feet of living and vibrant plants.
January 1, 2016
Richard T. Meister Scholarship Winner Eager To Give Back To The Industry
Garrett Owen, recipient of the Richard T. Meister Scholarship, says his career goal is to become a floriculture Extension specialist.
December 29, 2015
The 5 Most-Read News Stories On GreenhouseGrower.com In 2015
From neonicotinoid awareness to a grassroots efforts to preserve a critical resource, here are the headlines that grabbed your attention in 2015.
December 23, 2015
Controlled Environment Agriculture Center Posts Series Of Webinars On Covered Environments
Each of the webinars is free for on-demand viewing, and the series covers topics ranging from new technology to how to reach new markets.
December 22, 2015
Newly Signed 2016 Spending Bill Includes H-2B Relief Provisions
Late last week, President Obama signed into law an omnibus spending bill for the fiscal year 2016 that includes important H-2B relief provisions.
December 17, 2015
Congratulations To The 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winners
Each year, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living honor American entrepreneurs and small business owners for their dedication to producing innovative, high-quality products. This year, three companies from the green industry made the list.
December 14, 2015
13 Varieties That Reflect Pantone’s Colors Of The Year (Photo Gallery)
A number of plant breeders are featuring varieties that should fit in well with Pantone’s recent color of the year announcement.