April 11, 2016

Maryland Is Poised To Be First State To Ban Neonicotinoids

A bill banning consumer use and retail sales of neonicotinoids has passed the House and Senate in Maryland and is now awaiting governor Larry Hogan’s signature. If it becomes law, it will be the first state-level ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, although there are several county and municipal level laws across the U.S. The Pollinator Protection Act originally banned sales of plants treated with neonics and passed both legislative bodies, but that language was struck out during the reconciliation process before getting a final vote from House. The ban focuses primarily on retail sales of neonicotinoids. The Act does allow certified applicators, farmers, and veterinarians to use neonicotinoids. However, language in the bill refers to a six-month neonicotinoid study being conducted by the EPA, instructing the Maryland Department of Agriculture to revisit its rules of allowable use of neonicotinoids once that study has been released. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2018, if it […]

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Lupine (Green Fuse)

April 11, 2016

Green Fuse Botanicals’ Staircase Lupine Wows At California Spring Trials 2016

Green Fuse Botanicals highlights a distinctive new lupine series and gives growers a first look at future intros during California Spring Trials 2016.

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April 11, 2016

Selecta’s Petunia ‘Night Sky’ Is Officially On The Market; PanAmerican And Kieft Tout The Benefits Of Seed

Ball Horticultural Co. is an anchor of the Southern California Spring Trials, and there's always a lot to take in at this stop. So much so that we decided to bring you our observations in two separate articles. Here, you'll find highlights from PanAmerican Seed, Kieft Seed, Selecta, and Ball Ingenuity.

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April 11, 2016

Dr. Allan Armitage: 6 Picks From Ball Horticultural Co. And Green Fuse Botanicals During 2016 California Spring Trials

Editor’s Note: In Day 1 of our coverage of California Spring Trials 2016, Dr. Allan Armitage, Contributing Editor for Greenhouse Grower, talks about the plants that caught his eye. See images of his six picks in the slideshow below. Petunia ‘Night Sky’ (Selecta) Am I really starting off with a petunia? It is not that they are not all beautiful, there are just so many of them, Having looked at new plants for many years, it is difficult for any petunia to impress me. ‘Night Sky’ did just that. To gush about how the dozens of glittering white spots glitter on the blue petals does not do it justice. Suffice it to say it was different, it was fun, and people were talking about it. I certainly am. Begonia MegaWatt Series (PanAmerican Seed) Begonias are one of the building blocks of annual spring sales. “Full-size” wax begonias, personified by the […]

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An Edible Evening At Stephen F Austin

April 11, 2016

How The Greenhouse Industry Can Propagate Gardeners The Same Way It Propagates Plants

Jared Barnes at Stephen F. Austin University says we are the experts at propagating plants. That’s knowledge we can put to good use to envision how to attract new gardeners and future horticulturists to the industry.

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April 11, 2016

New Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, And Burpee Intros Cover The Gardening Gamut At California Spring Trials 2016

There was a lot to see on the vegetative side at Ball Horticultural during day two of California Spring Trials 2016, with many promising new introductions from Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, Burpee, and Ch. Morel.

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Violets Pride (Weeks Roses)

April 9, 2016

Rose Breeders Offering Several New Varieties For Growers In 2016

Greenhouses and nurseries that supply roses have several new varieties they can choose from over the next couple of years. Keep reading for a look at what’s on the market now from several breeders, and what’s on the horizon.

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Harmony 5747 FR Diffused Light Climate Screen (Ludvig Svensson) Feature

April 8, 2016

New Coverings Help Improve Light Diffusion In The Greenhouse

Coverings suppliers are developing new materials designed to enhance light transmission, which can help improve energy efficiency.

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Sanitation programs are essential to preventing and removing food safety concerns.

April 7, 2016

USDA Launches GroupGAP Program For Fruit And Vegetable Growers

The new certification program is designed to help small and mid-size growers, including greenhouse vegetable producers, comply with new food safety regulations.

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April 6, 2016

CAST 2016: New Shrubs For 2017 Build The Foundation For Modern Landscapes [Photo Gallery]

Shrubs, or woody ornamentals, are the foundation of many landscapes, and provide a beautiful pallette from which to paint a work of art in nature. With so many innovative new shrub varieties coming on the market, consumers can choose from various sizes and shapes to create their own version of the modern garden. And with the housing market showing few signs of slowing down and homeowners who are eager to replace plants lost over the past few bitter winters, the market for woodies is improving. Breeders displaying at the 2016 California Spring Trials are happy to present their new shrub varieties, which you can see in the slideshow below. There’s enough color, texture, and interest in these new introductions to capture the imagination of gardeners and plant lovers of any experience level.     If you missed our other slideshows, don’t worry — you can check them out here. Because so many annuals are […]

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Congressional Action Days 2016

April 5, 2016

Floral Industry Leaders Make Progress And (In Some Cases) Gain Victory During Congressional Action Days

Nearly 90 floral industry members gathered in the nation’s capital in March to meet with lawmakers in the annual event coordinated by the Society of American Florists.

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April 4, 2016

Take A Peek At Bachman’s Idea House

Three times a year, the Minnesota regional chain Bachman’s decorates an old family home with the current season’s biggest trends. By using the garden store’s products, often in unexpected ways, the designers create excitement and drive slightly-off-season sales. The spring 2016 Idea House focuses a couple different trends: using gray as a neutral with pops of color in each room; and layering materials in unexpected ways to create dimension. There are three primary colors the merchandising team uses as their accent colors to gray, coral, yellow, and aqua. Watch for a follow-up interview with Karen Bachman, delving into how regional chain gets ready for the idea house, how the design team works coordinates with buyers on inventory, and exactly how the Idea House impacts sales and traffic throughout the year. Now here’s a peek at what the spring 2016 Idea House looks like:  

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