October 19, 2016
How Jeffery’s Greenhouse Is Investing In The Industry
Greenhouse Grower reached out to Albert Grimm, the 2016 Head Grower of the Year and Head Grower of Jeffery’s Greenhouse, to ask what he and his company have done in the last 12 months to invest in the industry. Here is what he had to say.
October 18, 2016
Lighting Research Center Is Surveying Growers On Supplemental Lighting
The Center, part of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is looking for commercial growers to participate in an online survey regarding supplemental greenhouse lighting.
October 17, 2016
How To Make Your Plant Yard Easier To Shop
Garden retail consultant Robert Hendrickson once observed that merchandisers at garden centers seem to have a bungee cord attached to their belts. They can work freely indoors, but the moment they reach the doors to the outdoor plant sales yard, they’re yanked back inside. That problem doesn’t seem to exist in Europe, as any American plant retailer who has toured their peers overseas can attest. Luckily, a European visual merchandiser who understands how to boost plants sales with effective displays, has written a book designed for non-merchandisers. Antje Verstl’s ‘Eagle & Frog’ is packed with tips and illustrating photos, so readers can clearly understand her advice. After reading her book, I asked Verstl a few questions about her views on plant merchandising and what kind of advice she’d give to American garden retailers. Q. Good visual merchandising can be expensive (labor-wise, and sometimes in materials) and time-consuming. Many retailers feel their staff is too […]
October 17, 2016
11 Award Winning Annuals You’ll Want On Your Benches Next Spring
All America Selections tests plants in gardens across the country for performance and health. Here are 11 that have made the cut over the past couple of years.
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.
October 5, 2016
How The Wrong Substrate Can Increase Potential For Root Problems
RHP, a European knowledge center for substrates and growing media, recommends using airy substrates in winter to provide more oxygen to the plant.
October 3, 2016
What Teal Pumpkins Mean To Parents
If you sell pumpkins this fall, make sure you include a display that reflects a new Halloween trend, one that allows kids with food allergies to safely trick-or-treat. Teal pumpkins in front of a house indicates non-food treats are being handed out, from toys to glow sticks. According to FoodAllergies.org, it’s easy for families to take part: Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available. Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin. There are a number of downloadable items available for participating parents, as are T-shirts with the tongue-in-cheek phrase, “Teal is the new orange.” At this point, there does not appear to be POP materials for pumpkin retailers and pumpkin patch operators, however. “We do have a pin-up program that retailers who are supportive of […]
September 30, 2016
How Hoffman Nursery Invests In Technology In Response To Increased Demand
The North Carolina-based ornamental and native grasses producer recently invested in greenhouse structures and advanced automation to help increase efficiency.
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
Walters Gardens Partnering With Darwin Colombia On Unrooted Cuttings
Beginning in spring 2017, Darwin Colombia will offer unrooted cuttings of more than 40 varieties of Walters Gardens’ new genetics, including many popular genera such as Agastache, Monarda, Nepeta, and Phlox.
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 26, 2016
How Even An Overworked Plant Retailer Can Predict Consumer Trends
Years ago, I read an article about Pottery Barn and the women who were making it a success. It was eye-opening to realize that a glossy, national chain like Pottery Barn used to buy products in a similar way garden retailers do. There was one section of that article that really caught my imagination. It was the profile of Celia Tejada, the woman who moved Pottery Barn from buying products from outside vendors to designing their own products. When Tejada joined Pottery Barn, she instructed her entire staff to begin keeping an eye out for things they liked, no matter how minor. So if they were at a restaurant with friends, or walking along a street and something caught their eye, they were to either buy it or photograph it and place it in a room set aside for these kinds of inspiration. When it came time to select themes for the […]
September 25, 2016
Greenhouse Software Suppliers Offering A Range Of New Solutions
Want to know what some of the leading software suppliers are doing to address the ever-evolving needs of their greenhouse customers? Here’s a brief update.
September 23, 2016
Growers Offer Advice On How To Grow Mukgenia ‘Nova Flame’
‘Nova Flame’ is best brought in as a summer or fall crop and bulked over the winter.
September 22, 2016
Allan Armitage Suggests Plants That “Even My Neighbors Will Try”
When the urge to garden strikes, every homeowner needs a few plants like these for their yard.
September 21, 2016
How To Determine The Economic Viability Of LED Lighting
You can decide whether LED lighting is right for your operation by considering seven important factors that impact return on investment.