July 26, 2016
How Your Retail Plant Sales Practices Compare
Editor’s note: Greenhouse Grower RETAILING asked growers and retailers to share their pricing methods in a survey sent out in mid June 2016. Of the 362 responses, 202 arefrom those whose primary business is garden retail. We will be sharing the results of what we learned throughout July, August, and September 2016. Discounting plants is a finely wielded weapon for plant retailers, Greenhouse Grower RETAILING‘s Plant Pricing Survey shows. It will come as no surprise that just about everyone holds sales at some point (93%). And so it makes sense that some expertise is shown. Take this first graph as an example. The most perishable plants — small annuals and vegetables — are the most likely to be placed on sale. That seems counter-intuitive. Why place the fastest turning inventory on sale? But when we took a closer look, we found that these sales are being used to lure […]
July 25, 2016
How You Can Stop Aphids By Understanding Their Interactions With Plants
Knowing which aphids target which crops and how aphids colonize and move on plants goes a long way toward setting up an effective management plan.
July 20, 2016
Research And Commercialization Unite At The New Vineland Greenhouse Technology Centre
The new, pre-scale commercial greenhouse facility at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland Station, ON, will help accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies and products coming out of research.
July 19, 2016
Top 100 Growers Talk Labor, Automation, And Sustainability
More than 60 growers got up with the sun at Cultivate’16 to hear a four-person panel discuss hot topics such as labor, automation, and sustainability at Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Breakfast, sponsored by BASF.
July 19, 2016
Town Hall Panel At Cultivate Focuses On Selling To A New Generation Of Consumers
Why are we still trying to sell our products in the 21st century using a model straight out of the 1980s? This was the main question raised during the annual Town Hall panel discussion that took place at Cultivate’16.
July 19, 2016
Are You Bar Coding Your Plants Like Other Garden Retailers?
We asked garden retailers how they bar code several plant categories. Take a look at our results and learn how in sync are you with your peers.
July 18, 2016
Lloyd Traven Sees The Future Of Horticulture Through Precision Technology
The potential applications of developing precision technologies for greenhouse production will change the way we grow in the near future, Traven says.
July 13, 2016
“Seed Meets Technology” Event In The Netherlands Slated For Late September
The third annual “Seed Meets Technology” event will feature vegetable trials, technology and innovation in action, and classes covering seed enhancements, hydroponics, and more.
July 12, 2016
Greenhouse Grower Honors 2016 Medal Of Excellence Breeding Award Winners
Greenhouse Grower’s Evening of Excellence at Cultivate’16 was a celebration of the 2016 Medal of Excellence Winners that embody the best in breeding, marketing, and growing, and typify the dedication to quality that is so prevalent in our industry.
July 12, 2016
North Creek Nurseries Named Operation Of The Year At Cultivate’16
“This award is about 28 years of dedicated work by our entire team, said Steve Castorani of North Creek in accepting the award, which was presented during Greenhouse Grower’s Evening of Excellence program.
July 10, 2016
Clever Ideas You Can Steal From The GCA Tour
Garden retail tours always offer a banquet of ideas that attendees can use back at their own garden stores. That was especially true of this year’s Garden Center of America’s Summer Tour in Portland, OR. Take a look at the clever ideas I spied at the garden centers we visited, ideas that range from the simple and easy-to-implement, to others that take a little more effort, but will have a worthwhile payoff.
July 7, 2016
Two Industry Veterans Discuss How To Meet The Challenges Of Grower Education
Two industry players have a conversation on how we can deliver the level of grower education needed to address complex issues associated with production practices and pest management strategies.
July 6, 2016
The Grower’s Exchange Unlocks The Secret to E-Commerce
In the Internet era, Briscoe and Kenan White knew they had to adapt or die and specialize to survive. Here’s how they took The Grower’s Exchange online.
July 5, 2016
Bench And Display Structure Ideas From The GCA Tour
Portland has a number of impressive garden retailers who use creative approaches to solving display challenges. Here are a number of plant and product display fixtures we spied on last week's tour.
July 2, 2016
University Of Florida Offering Online Nutrient Management Course In July
Topics include common nutrient problems, essential nutrients, fertilizer types, how to interpret a fertilizer label, managing total nutrient level, pH, and EC, onsite testing, and growing media.
June 28, 2016
Kelly Norris: Three Variety Trends That Caught My Eye This Spring
My reflections on promising new plants, the realities of market penetration, and adding value along the supply chain.