June 24, 2013

Stacy’s Greenhouses Files For Bankruptcy

Stacy’s Inc. has filed for Chaper 11 bankruptcy protection in order to facilitate an upcoming sale. “The process is going forward the way we had hoped,” says Stacy’s President Tim Brindley. “The court has approved a working budget to keep everything moving forward through July 26, and we have another hearing soon to approve a budget through August.” With the company going through Chapter 11 proceedings, any sale will be an asset purchase rather than a sale of the company. The business will no longer carry the Stacy’s name. “We have been in negotiations with a potential buyer for several months, and have a signed asset purchase agreement in place,” Brindley says. “Everything has to be approved by the courts and there are a lot of steps that still have to take place, but the goal is to have the sale complete by the end of August. The sale of Stacy’s […]

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June 10, 2013

Control Of Thrips With Systemic Insecticides

An understanding of both how thrips feed and how systemic insecticides work will go a long way toward effective control of these pests.

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February 4, 2013

Reducing The Spread Of Rose Rosette Disease

The recent release of new hybrid landscape roses, including the Flower Carpet and Knock Out series, has raised interest in these ornamental plants for growers, landscapers and homeowners. According to the USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Nursery Crops 2006 Summary, deciduous shrubs, including roses, accounted for $648 million in gross sales. Deciduous shrubs were the second largest contributor to sales — behind broadleaf evergreens with sales of $839 million — and accounted for 14 percent of the nursery sales total. But as breeders continue to develop rose varieties that are more disease resistant and easier to grow, one disease continues to elude their efforts to hybridize resistant varieties: rose rosette disease. Symptoms Vary Based On Rose Species, Cultivar Although symptoms of this disease were seen as early as the 1940s, the cause of rose rosette was not reported until 2011. Researchers at the University of Arkansas identified a negative-sense RNA virus […]

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July 18, 2012

10 Vegetable Crops You Should Consider

There are any number of different produce crops you can try in the greenhouse, but here are some primary options you should check out if you’re considering adding vegetables to your mix.

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September 16, 2011

Potted Calla Lilies: Everything You Need To Know

Callas fit many market segments. Most growers know callas can be grown as a pot plant or cut flower. Few, however, know some cultivars fit nicely into any program for bedding plants, upscale patio containers or specialty cut flowers.

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August 25, 2008

Understanding Plant Nutrition: Fertilizers And Micronutrients

Micronutrient (iron, manganese, zinc, copper, boron and molybdenum) nutrition is different from managing macronutrients, such as nitrogen, in three fundamental ways. First, the solubility and plant availability of micronutrients is affected by media pH to a much greater extent than is macronutrient solubility. Second, the difference between acceptable concentrations of micronutrients and concentrations that are either too low (deficiencies) or too high (toxicities) is small compared to a broader range for macronutrients. Finally, while most macronutrients are mobile within the plant, most micronutrients are immobile, and so a constant supply is needed for the duration of the crop or growth and plant appearance may be affected. In this article, we will focus on micronutrient sources, and how they are applied to a crop. Preplant Sources In soilless media, preplant sources of micronutrients are often added at mixing. In general, the sources in starter fertilizers can include both soluble forms (sulfates) […]

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