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.

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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.

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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 […]

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April 6, 2018

Using Data Loggers in the Greenhouse

The fifth article of this five-part series about the tools you need to measure environmental and cultural parameters in your greenhouse, you will learn why you should be using data loggers and how to best put them to use.

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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.

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Ian Baldwin

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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