April 19, 2018
CAST 2018: Dr. A’s Favorites From Syngenta Flowers, Bailey Nurseries, and More
From an exciting perennial to a new white begonia, Allan Armitage says these showstoppers deserve recognition.
April 17, 2018
Dümmen Orange’s New Gamechanger, Plants for All Seasons, and Roses and Dreams at CAST 2018
Greenhouse Grower's California Spring Trials Team headed north on Day 3, with stops at Dümmen Orange in picturesque San Luis Obispo and Floricultura in fertile Salinas.
April 17, 2018
California Spring Trials 2018: Stand-Out New Plants from Dümmen Orange, Westhoff, Beekenkamp, and Plug Connection
Check out these new plant introductions from the California Spring Trials 2018 trail featuring breeding from Dümmen Orange , Westhoff, Beekenkamp, and Plug Connection.
April 17, 2018
Allan Armitage’s Noteworthy 2018 Plant Intros from Dümmen Orange and Plug Connection
Here are some of the top variety introductions for 2019 that have pleased Dr. A during California Spring Trials 2018.
April 16, 2018
California Spring Trials 2018: New Plant Intros from GroLink and Windmill Nursery Stops
New plants from Suntory Flowers, Terra Nova Nurseries, Prudac, Florist, PlantHaven, Anthura, Kapiteyn, Kientzler, 2 Plant International, and more on day two of California Spring Trials 2018.
April 8, 2018
How You Can Respond to Complex Consumer Demands for Fresh Veggies
If you want to sell greenhouse-grown fresh vegetables for a profit, set yourself apart from the competition.
April 7, 2018
Kelly Norris: Growing an Edible Category That Looks Good and Tastes Good
My last column seems to have stirred up good conversation, sautéed a few long-simmering sentiments, and served up a hearty spread of opinions on social media and in the comments section. Let me restate for clarity, if not also a rebuttal, that never did I question the facts or the value of innovation, only the value of its results. Innovation happens, sometimes repetitiously and incrementally, and sometimes by leaps and bounds. Without context, one version is neither bad, good, or preferred. It’s our lifeblood, and we ought to increase our proficiency. In the case of new plant development, modern innovation infrequently addresses the ultimate needs of consumers. It so often focuses on the supply chain, which again, by itself, isn’t insignificant. We have to get plants to people efficiently and cost effectively. But why not invest further in addressing issues consumers actually care about or even want? What if we […]
April 3, 2018
2018 California Spring Trials Central/Northern Preview: Cultivaris, Hem Genetics, Hilverdakooij, Kientzler, Terra Nova Nurseries, and Westhoff
Check out this California Spring Trials 2018 Central/Northern Region preview of new varieties from Cultivaris, Hem Genetics, Hilverdakooij, Kientzler, Terra Nova Nurseries, and Westhoff.
April 3, 2018
Ian Baldwin: Why the Roles of Garden Retail Staff May Be Changing
In his latest blog posting, garden retail industry consultant Ian Baldwin says the role of grower-retailers has changed from providing information to validating or correcting what consumers have already learned when browsing online.
April 1, 2018
Meet Chili, NatureFresh Farms’ Pest-Detecting Canine
NatureFresh Farm’s newest employee may have four paws, but that doesn’t stop her from sniffing out a major pest problem.
March 30, 2018
The Latest in Structures: New Greenhouse Systems Offer Easy Maintenance, Better Weather Protection
Structures manufacturers and suppliers say their grower customers are asking for new models that can accommodate a diverse crop mix, while providing flexibility in design, maintenance, and control of the environment. Here’s a closer look at some of the latest options.
March 29, 2018
Allan Armitage Revisits the Native Plant Movement And Its Evolution
With breeders adding dozens of nativars and with public opinion so high, many more perennials, trees, and shrubs are natives/nativars than there were 14 years ago.
March 26, 2018
How Dickman Farms Used a New Event to Expand Its Customer Base
Last fall, Dickman Farms hosted “Carve & Brew,” a new event in which young adults were able to carve a pumpkin, taste craft brews from two local microbreweries, and relax with friends and neighbors.
March 24, 2018
Two Simple Hydroponic Production Solutions That Generate Results
Factoring in these two production considerations can help you prevent a host of problems and turn out higher quality hydroponic crops.
March 23, 2018
New Light Management System Aims for Consistent Plant Production
The HelioCORE light control software system is designed to help growers automatically manage supplemental lighting and adjust schedules and intensity in real time.