April 11, 2016

Dr. Allan Armitage: 6 Picks From Ball Horticultural Co. And Green Fuse Botanicals During 2016 California Spring Trials

Editor’s Note: In Day 1 of our coverage of California Spring Trials 2016, Dr. Allan Armitage, Contributing Editor for Greenhouse Grower, talks about the plants that caught his eye. See images of his six picks in the slideshow below. Petunia ‘Night Sky’ (Selecta) Am I really starting off with a petunia? It is not that they are not all beautiful, there are just so many of them, Having looked at new plants for many years, it is difficult for any petunia to impress me. ‘Night Sky’ did just that. To gush about how the dozens of glittering white spots glitter on the blue petals does not do it justice. Suffice it to say it was different, it was fun, and people were talking about it. I certainly am. Begonia MegaWatt Series (PanAmerican Seed) Begonias are one of the building blocks of annual spring sales. “Full-size” wax begonias, personified by the […]

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April 11, 2016

New Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, And Burpee Intros Cover The Gardening Gamut At California Spring Trials 2016

There was a lot to see on the vegetative side at Ball Horticultural during day two of California Spring Trials 2016, with many promising new introductions from Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, Burpee, and Ch. Morel.

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Harmony 5747 FR Diffused Light Climate Screen (Ludvig Svensson) Feature

April 8, 2016

New Coverings Help Improve Light Diffusion In The Greenhouse

Coverings suppliers are developing new materials designed to enhance light transmission, which can help improve energy efficiency.

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April 6, 2016

CAST 2016: New Shrubs For 2017 Build The Foundation For Modern Landscapes [Photo Gallery]

Shrubs, or woody ornamentals, are the foundation of many landscapes, and provide a beautiful pallette from which to paint a work of art in nature. With so many innovative new shrub varieties coming on the market, consumers can choose from various sizes and shapes to create their own version of the modern garden. And with the housing market showing few signs of slowing down and homeowners who are eager to replace plants lost over the past few bitter winters, the market for woodies is improving. Breeders displaying at the 2016 California Spring Trials are happy to present their new shrub varieties, which you can see in the slideshow below. There’s enough color, texture, and interest in these new introductions to capture the imagination of gardeners and plant lovers of any experience level.     If you missed our other slideshows, don’t worry — you can check them out here. Because so many annuals are […]

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April 5, 2016

9 Cool New Edibles Provide The First Taste Of The 2016 California Spring Trials [Photo Gallery]

Let’s face it — edibles are all the rage, as gardeners of all generations get ready to test their green thumbs and culinary skills. The promise of a juicy strawberry or a ripe tomato, fresh from their own garden, makes their mouths water. According to a recent report by the National Gardening Association, food gardening in the U.S. is at its highest levels in more than a decade, with 35% of all households in America (more than 42 million) growing food at home or in a community. The low-maintenance, new varieties coming on the market are making food gardening better and easier than ever, and providing opportunities to bring new foodies into the garden center. Breeders displaying at the 2016 California Spring Trials (CAST) have provided a sneak peek at some of the edibles that will be ready for retail in 2017. Check out the delicious new fruit and vegetable varieties […]

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Congressional Action Days 2016

April 5, 2016

Floral Industry Leaders Make Progress And (In Some Cases) Gain Victory During Congressional Action Days

Nearly 90 floral industry members gathered in the nation’s capital in March to meet with lawmakers in the annual event coordinated by the Society of American Florists.

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Random Acts Of Flowers

March 31, 2016

The Floriculture Industry Needs A Unified Message To Promote Plants, Flowers, And Gardening

Seeing the sneak preview of the new varieties that will be presented at California Spring Trials (CAST) spurs a visceral reaction in me. I’m giddy and excited about these gorgeous plants, having taken in some of their beauty and excellent performance already at Costa Farms’ Season Premier. I’m excited to travel to Spring Trials and that spring is coming, and I’m ready to dig in and get gardening. I’m guessing many of you feel the same way. And it’s likely that consumers do, too. Nearly a year ago, upon returning from California Spring Trials, I lamented the absence of ideas translated from CAST to retail. The beautiful displays, the breathtaking combinations, the clever marketing — somehow, all of that effort and enthusiasm focused on business-to-business promotion is not being funneled effectively to the consumer. As an industry, we are not good at working together to market our products in a clear, […]

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Sakata Seed America President David Armstrong

March 30, 2016

Sakata Signs Agreement With Indonesian Government To Cooperate Under The Convention Of Biological Diversity

This week, Sakata Seed Corp. announced internationally that it has signed an agreement with the Republic of Indonesia to cooperate in the further development and production of its line of SunPatiens interspecific hybrid impatiens, based on the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Under an agreement based on the CBD, Sakata Seed has worked with the Indonesian government since the early 2000s to identify the origin of the native germplasm collected in Indonesia to develop SunPatiens, and the two parties have agreed on how the indigenous genetic resources will be used for the further development of SunPatiens. There are currently only a few cases in the world of such an agreement, based on the CBD in the category of horticultural plants, made between a resource-rich country and a commercial seed company. Greenhouse Grower contacted Sakata Seed CEO David Armstrong to provide context about this agreement, what it means […]

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Philips LED Lunar Greenhouse

March 29, 2016

Philips Lighting And University Of Arizona Study Shows LED Systems Ideal For Growing Food In Space

A collaboration between Philips And The University of Arizona found that using energy-efficient LED lighting in a prototype lunar greenhouse resulted in an increased amount of high-quality edible lettuce while dramatically improving operational efficiency and use of resources.

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streptocarpus yellow blue eye, green fuse botanicals, march 2016

March 29, 2016

California Spring Trials: New Blooming Potted Plants Coming For 2017 [Photo Gallery]

Blooming potted plants are the gift that keeps on giving for consumers, and the growing opportunities in the gift plant market are opening up new possibilities for growers and retailers. Flower breeders exhibiting at the 2016 California Spring Trials (CAST) have several new blooming beauties of the potted plant variety to show off for the 2017 spring season. Before you head to California in a few weeks, take a look at the slideshow below to get a preview. Which ones will you incorporate into production for 2017?     If you missed our annuals slideshows, don’t worry — you can check them out here. Because so many annuals are revealed at CAST, we had to build two slideshows — one for the Northern Region and one for the Central Region. Also, check out new perennials that will debut at the 2016 CAST. In the coming weeks, you can also see new woody ornamentals and edibles. Also, […]

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March 23, 2016

P. Allen Smith Says SunPatiens Are Hero Plants For Consumer Success

Plants that ensure consumer success with disease resistance bred into their genetics, and ease of use in a variety of conditions, are heroes for gardeners, especially beginners, and they should be celebrated and supported to promote gardening success and interest. These are the messages the award-winning designer, gardening, and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith wants the horticulture industry to know, with the recent announcement of his expanded partnership with Sakata Seed. In an exclusive interview with Greenhouse Grower, P. Allen Smith describes his expanded partnership with Sakata Seed to promote SunPatiens and why the now 10-year-old series helps both novice and expert gardeners to be successful. Smith also collaborates with Sakata to promote the HomeGrown Collection of vegetables. SunPatiens Set Consumers Up For Success, Smith Says As a plantsman first, Smith has extensively trialed SunPatiens in his gardens at Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, AR, and says he is […]

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Sedum 'Chocolate Cherry' Cultivaris March 2016

March 22, 2016

Flower Breeders To Debut Hot New Perennials For 2017 At California Spring Trials

Perennials are becoming more mainstream as consumers look for that long-term, added value of lower maintenance, season-long color, and reblooming plants year after year. And perennial growers and retailers like them for the higher price point perennials offer. So if you’re keeping your eyes open for what’s coming next year, you’ve clicked on the right story. Flower breeders exhibiting at the 2016 California Spring Trials (CAST) have a huge crop of new perennial varieties to show off for the 2017 spring season. Before you head to California in a few weeks, take a look at the slideshow below to get a preview of the colorfully delicious perennial genetics coming to the market. These new perennial introductions have all the great characteristics you’ve come to rely on from breeders. Which ones will you incorporate into production for 2017?     If you missed our annuals slideshows the last couple of weeks, don’t worry — you […]

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