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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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, […]

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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