December 5, 2016
How Bailey Nurseries Has Found Solutions To The Labor Shortage
A changing seasonal workforce led this Minnesota-based company to explore new labor sources through the H-2A program and refugee organizations, and it’s working out for the better.
December 2, 2016
Kelly Norris: How The “Me Too” Philosophy Affects Plant Breeding
When you’re selling the exact same thing as everyone else, it’s unrealistic to expect customers to buy only from you.
November 29, 2016
Texas Judge Halts Overtime Rule; Here’s What It Means For Greenhouse Growers
According to Craig Regelbrugge at AmericanHort, the injunction against the overtime rule is welcome news for horticulture.
November 23, 2016
Allan Armitage: Relax, There Are More Plant Enthusiasts Than We Think
When times get tough, we would do well to remember that there are people of all types still interested in plants.
November 15, 2016
Thoughts For Greenhouse Growers To Consider When Automating
With labor getting scarce and minimum wages on the rise, Cole Mangum of Bell Nursery says it’s time to take a closer look at automating your operation.
November 7, 2016
Hoffman Nursery Embarks On New Opportunities In Green Infrastructure
Thirty years ago, John and Jill Hoffman set off on an epic adventure to grow ornamental grasses. Today, Hoffman Nursery continues to evolve, and through its leadership, the operation is helping to secure a position for horticulture on one of the next great frontiers — green infrastructure.
October 27, 2016
Allan Armitage: Plants I Am Finally Seeing More Of (About Time!)
Here are four plants showing up more often in the garden and landscape that are set to make a comeback.
October 17, 2016
Altman Plants Hosts Media Day To Highlight Its Water Saving Programs
This month, Altman celebrated more than 100 million gallons of water saved since its water recycling program began operation.
October 7, 2016
How To Train Your Employees To Read Shipping Labels Properly
Avoid costly mistakes by training your employees to accurately read shipping and tray labels with this easy, three-step method.
September 28, 2016
Floriculture Industry Working To Solve The Whitefly Problem
This summer, the floriculture industry has been faced with a dangerous new development — the detection of the Q-Biotype whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) in outdoor landscapes. It’s the first time that the Q-Biotype has been found in the U.S., outside of a greenhouse or wholesale nursery, since the pest was first detected on an ornamental plant in an Arizona greenhouse in December 2004. This year in Florida, there have been 47 detections of the Q since April, in retail nurseries and residential landscapes in 10 counties in Florida, from Miami-Dade to Duval County, primarily on hibiscus. Other hosts involved are crossandra, eggplant transplants, lantana, ficus, and porter weed. The detections have been in 17 retail nurseries, eight wholesale nurseries, 10 residential landscapes, and two agricultural fields. Other states have reported Q-Biotype detections this year, as well. The discovery of Q-Biotype whitefly in the landscape is troubling for the entire ornamentals industry, […]
September 27, 2016
Check Out The Latest In Lighting Technology For Greenhouses
Manufacturers are developing several innovative lighting systems that can help growers save on energy efficiency, while improving plant quality. Here’s a look at some of their newest offerings.
September 20, 2016
PanAmerican Seed Settles Alleged Trade Sanction Violations
PanAmerican Seed, a division of Ball Horticultural Co., has been charged with violating trade sanctions to Iran over a number of years. According to a release from the U.S. Treasury department, PanAmerican Seed made 48 indirect sales of seeds to two Iranian distributors. The company shipped the seed to consignees based in countries in Europe and the Middle East. PanAmerican Seed’s customers then arranged for the re-exportation of the seeds to Iran. The release states that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) determined PanAmerican Seed did not voluntarily self-disclose the alleged violations to OFAC, constituting an egregious case. “We believe that the settlement was extreme; however the alternative was to litigate with the U.S. government, which would take months, if not years,” says Todd Billings, Chief Financial Officer for Ball Horticultural Co. When asked what Ball Horticultural Co. has done to ensure that violations to trade sanctions do not […]
September 20, 2016
The Top Young Plant Growers, And Four Critical Challenges Facing Them
In Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Top Young Plant Growers Survey, growers discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in fulfillment, shipping, labor, and crop protection.
September 13, 2016
Newly Signed California Law Expands Overtime To Farmworkers
The new law, which will be phased in beginning in 2019, is the first of its kind in the nation to end the 80-year-old practice of applying separate labor rules to agricultural laborers.
September 6, 2016
Cavicchio Greenhouses Wins Inaugural Sustainability Award
The Sudbury, MA, growing operation sustains more than 250 acres of annuals, perennials, and nursery stock, with a number of practices to mitigate its impact on the environment.
August 29, 2016
North Creek Nurseries Unites Horticulture With Sustainability
The team at North Creek Nurseries, Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Operation Of The Year, leads the way in implementing ecologically responsible practices that will sustain the future of growing.
August 25, 2016
Up Close And Personal With Head Grower Of The Year Albert Grimm
According to Grimm, Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Head Grower Of The Year, the key to being a successful grower is educating and inspiring yourself, your staff, your customers, and the next generation of growers.