June 18, 2014
Marketing Ideas From California Spring Trials You Can Use
Retailers often look to their plant suppliers for ideas of how to increase their plants sales with smart marketing plans. The California Spring Trials were packed with great concepts you can pass along to your customers.
June 26, 2014
California Spring Trials: New Annuals For Your 2015 Season [Slideshow]
The range of 2015 annual introductions at California Spring Trials is astounding. Breeders placed a large emphasis on compact plants, container components and providing grower solutions. Here are 29 annuals varieties to consider for production in the upcoming season.
June 3, 2014
Consumer Success Is Key To Industry Success [Opinion]
Many breeders are aware of the problem and are striving to ensure that plants in a customer’s home garden will live up to the visual appeal the plant has on a store display bench. A lot of the resulting plants were on display in California.
June 3, 2014
Industry Is Taking The Next Steps Toward Improved Pollinator Health, Reardon Says
Specialty agriculture has an enormous role to play in improving pollinator health. Here is what growers can expect to see from government agencies and industry associations.
June 3, 2014
Active Grower Voices Are Invaluable To Retailers, Consumers, Drotleff Says [Editorial]
Creating our own advocacy is an important tool in areas like presenting science-based knowledge about pollinator health, and informing the public about how growers already preserve natural resources through responsible practices like integrated pest management (IPM), water reclamation and recycling, plastic recycling and sustainability initiatives.
June 1, 2014
Bachman’s Takes Steps Toward Pollinator Preservation
Bachman's, a wholesale nursery and retail business based in Minnesota, has taken measures to address the steady decline of bees and other pollinators, including eliminating the use of neonicotinoids in some of its own production.
May 19, 2014
Dümmen Group Introduces Ignite Research Facility In California
The Dümmen Group recently introduced Ignite Research, located in a re-purposed facility at the previous Fides-Oro greenhouse location in Santa Paula, Calif. Dümmen operates breeding trials throughout North America with a variety of growers, and Ignite Reasearch provides it with its own dedicated facility, allowing trials to be completed in California growing conditions.
May 15, 2014
Protecting Bees Through Informed Pesticide Choices
To demonstrate good environmental stewardship, growers need an understanding of the issues presenting risks to bees and of strategies to minimize the risks. Knowing where to find key product information and how to interpret it can help growers make sound choices regarding the application of effective products.
May 14, 2014
How Pine Wood Chips In Substrates Affect Plant Growth Regulators
This is the second article of the four article series highlighting the production and use of pine wood chips as aggregates in greenhouse substrates.
May 13, 2014
Attract Birds, Bees And Butterflies With 21 New Pollinator-Friendly Varieties
Try out these new pollinator-friendly varieties the next time you want to attract birds, bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.
May 10, 2014
The Pesticide And Pollinator Debate: What’s All The Buzz About?
Dr. Joe Bischoff, AmericanHort's director of regulatory and legislative affairs, says it is important that we are informed and prepared to talk about the issue of pesticides, pollinators and the overarching concerns of bee health in a calm and clear manner. This is a topic where emotions can run high, and part of our role should be in explaining the need for balance and scientifically based solutions.
May 8, 2014
How Cultural Factors Impact Fungus Gnat Populations
Cornell University researchers look at the impact cultural factors such as substrate amendments and substrate water-holding capacity have on fungus gnat populations.
May 8, 2014
Lead The Way: Three Ways To Support Pollinators In Your Community
Do your part to promote pollinator-friendly plants in your community through outreach and education.
April 29, 2014
Industry Perspective: Systemic Insecticides And Bees: Are We Revisiting “Silent Spring”?
The impact of systemic insecticides on bees and other pollinators is not new phenomenon. Kansas State University Entomology Professor Raymond Cloyd says we, as an industry, need to work together to provide unbiased information that is based in sound science.