February 8, 2016
Why Succulents Have Become The Hippest Plants On The Market
Allan Armitage says succulents used to be relegated to the far end of the display bench, but their adaptability, decorative value, and low maintenance requirements have now made them a staple.
February 5, 2016
Sign Up For A Webinar On Using Plant Nutrition To Improve Quality
The webinar takes place March 2, and covers how leading growers are using plant nutrition to minimize costs, reduce the number of factors they need to worry about, and lessen environmental impacts.
February 4, 2016
Biocontrols 2016 Conference Offers Insights And Learning Opportunities For Greenhouse Growers
The Biocontrols 2016 Conference & Expo, which takes place March 3-4, 2016, in Monterey, CA, brings together growers, pest control advisers, suppliers, researchers, and other segments of the industry to share the latest information on biochemicals, microbial pesticides, and beneficials, and help you put biocontrols to work in your operation.
February 4, 2016
Poinsettia Growers Discuss Their Recent Trials And Triumphs
Growers from Pennsylvania, Illinois, and North Carolina describer their experiences trialing everyone’s favorite holiday season flora.
February 3, 2016
New Plants, Products, And Trends From TPIE 2016
Tropicals, foliage, and succulents may be the way to new consumers’ hearts, based on the cool ideas, products, and trends presented at the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association’s (FNGLA) 2016 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE), January 20-22, 2016 at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The theme this year, Elevating Expectations, was fulfilled, renewing and reinvigorating attendees to carry forth their businesses into 2016 and beyond. TPIE showcases the latest trends in foliage, floral, and tropical plants, with a tradeshow of more than 200,000 square feet of show-stopping displays. While checking out new plants and products is a great excuse to travel to South Florida in late January, the threat of Storm Jonas bringing the snowstorm of the century to the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states had some show attendees booking flights early to get home before they were stranded. Still, reports from FNGLA said this year’s TPIE […]
February 2, 2016
Spring Meadow Nursery Partnering With Proven Winners Europe To Introduce New Flowering Shrubs
The expansion creates a cohesive brand for what is now a global market, immediately introducing more than 24 shrubs to the European market, with the potential for 125 or more in the future.
January 29, 2016
Bioworks Releases New Higher Nitrogen Fertilizer For Ornamental Crops
Verdanta N-Vita 9-4-3 promotes foliar growth and features a slow release process, making nutrients available for a longer period of time.
January 29, 2016
Costa Farms Named International Grower Of The Year
Costa Farms was the night’s biggest winner during an awards gala presented by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and held at IPM Essen in Germany. (Read more about the business culture that’s driven Costa’s success in Greenhouse Grower’s January 2016 feature story.) The Florida-based grower was named the International Grower Of The Year, and was chosen from a group that included eight other international companies. “This award is a reflection of our entire team, and we are all dedicated to being the best at what we do and making this company successful for the long term,” said Jose Costa, Executive Vice President of Costa’s foliage division. The AIPH awarded gold, silver, and bronze awards in three categories — Finished Plants And Trees, Young Plants, and Cut Flowers — prior to naming the big winner. Costa was the gold winner in the Finished Plants and Trees Category. Each of […]
January 28, 2016
NASA Astronauts Become Gardeners With First Space-Grown Zinnia
The issues faced by growing zinnias on the International Space Station offer several learning opportunities for scientists back on Earth.
January 27, 2016
Costa Farms’ Season Premier Provides Sneak Peek At New Varieties For 2017
Costa Farms presented the 2016 Season Premier at its 2-acre Trial Gardens in Miami, FL, in the third week of January. The event showcases varieties from breeders of all sizes to growers and major retail buyers, providing a look at what genetics are coming to the market and how they’ll perform in retail settings and in the landscape, when consumers bring them home. The mild winter climate in South Florida allows Costa Farms’ Research and Development Department to simulate the spring growing conditions of various regions in the country. Because each group of visitors to Costa Farms’ Trial Gardens wants to see what the new plants look like in the environments that matter to them, Season Premier offers several areas within the Trial Gardens that highlight different ways to look at the wealth of new varieties. The New Product Showcase offers a way for retailers to see how plants will […]
January 27, 2016
Garden Retail Survey Says Consumers Are Buying Annuals And Edibles
During the 2014 Greenhouse Grower GROW Summit, Susie Raker of C. Raker & Sons made a comment that hit home for everyone in the room. She said she was tired of trying to get more market share from a shrinking pie. She would much rather grow her business by having the industry expand. Susie gave voice to what just about everyone in the industry feels. It’s ridiculous to fight each other for market share when we should be focusing on fighting for our industry’s future. Simply put, we need more customers. One way to expand our customer base is to follow the lead of those in charge: consumers. Ultimately, they control how much our industry grows or slims down. To help make that happen, take a few minutes to look over the results of what we learned from retail surveys over the past few years. When retailers report what is selling […]
January 25, 2016
How To Retain Motivated Young Growers At Your Greenhouse Operation
Wholesale grower John R. Daley says engaging young growers and making them a viable part of your operation is the best way to ensure you keep young talent for the long term.
January 24, 2016
Ludvig Svensson Hires Katherine Wolper As West Coast Sales Manager
Wolper says she looks forward to listening to growers and understanding the concerns, obstacles, and opportunities they face.
January 23, 2016
AG 3 New Sales Manager Katy Furnas Sees Opportunities In New Niche Markets
Furnas, who comes back to liner producer AG 3 after previously working there from 2003 to 2008, says one of her goals is to help her team have great customer service.
January 21, 2016
How To Improve Consumer Interest In Indoor Foliage Plants
Researchers discover why there is decreasing consumer demand for indoor foliage plants and suggest ways to overcome hurdles to purchasing.
January 21, 2016
Green Industry Is Set For Continued Growth In 2016
Economist Charlie Hall says the outlook for the green industry is promising despite the havoc wreaked on plant sales by the downturn in housing.