May 8, 2017
How to Choose the Best Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens
The popularity of native plants is rising as gardeners become conscious of the need to plant more pollinator gardens. The challenge is to select the right plants to put in them.
May 18, 2017
How to Increase Branching and Flower Bud Production of Christmas Cactus
Based on research completed at North Carolina State University, here are some methods for increasing branching and flower bud production of Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessii).
May 16, 2017
The Top 100 Growers are Investing in More Technology to Offset Labor Shortages
Labor has traditionally been among growers’ most significant costs, but the continued rising costs and lack of available labor are currently two very heavy burdens that growers have to bear. As the labor supply dwindles, the Top 100 Growers discuss their next steps toward investing in technology to streamline efficiency at their respective operations.
May 16, 2017
The Top 100 Growers Speak Out on Changes Needed in Immigration Reform
Opinions about the new administration’s approach to immigration reform vary widely among Greenhouse Grower‘s Top 100 Growers. Many say they are “very concerned” about the potential impact on agriculture’s guestworker programs. Others say the entire guestworker program needs to be overhauled to be simpler and easier to use for growers, and hope that this will be part of the reform efforts. And some seem to be generally in favor of the current methods. “I am in favor of securing the borders but want a simple system for legal residency.” — Dale Buist, Countryside Greenhouse and Farm Market “All this talk has made huge waves in the migrant labor workforce. Continuing this path will create an even greater shortage of employees willing to do our type of work.” — Mark Worley, Speedling, Inc. “[Trump] is only enforcing and not reforming. We will lose a lot of our best employees if this […]
May 15, 2017
A Look Inside Florida’s Newest Cannabis Cultivation Facility
Knox Medical is officially open for business. Founded on more than a half century of plant growing knowledge at Knox Nursery, the new cannabis business offered a look at its cultivation lab late last year.
May 14, 2017
2017 Cannabis Regulatory Outlook: A Game of Wait and See
Medical and adult use legalization measures are on the legislative agenda in a total of 37 states in 2017 — and there's a sentiment gaining steam that the new administration may not be so scary after all.
May 13, 2017
How Ornamental Grasses and Sedges Can Play a Role in Pollinator Gardens
Grasses and sedges provide food, shelter, and support for pollinators and the birds and mammals that keep insect populations in balance.
May 12, 2017
How the Top 100 Greenhouse Growers Tackle Managing Costs and Prices
The country’s largest growers continue to strive to maintain a balance with price and costs while making sure they stand out from the competition.
May 8, 2017
Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Behind the Scenes: How (and Why) We Do It
It’s more important than ever to have good data that allows us to accurately measure the size and scope of our industry.
May 8, 2017
2017 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The Complete List, and More
Growth signifies a healthy industry, and indeed, several of Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers expanded their operations significantly between 2016 and 2017.
May 3, 2017
Find Out What Bell Nursery Learned About Bees While Keeping Beehives
In spring 2014, Bell Nursery stopped using neonicotinoids to find out how it would impact production. Then the operation began keeping bees to learn more.
May 2, 2017
Allan Armitage: How Growers Can Be Creative to Take Gardening Convenience to the Next Level
Our industry does a good job of making things convenient for our customers. It’s time to take it a step further.
May 2, 2017
Pollinator Update: The Bumblebee on the Endangered List and What That Means to You
With plenty of attention being placed on pollinator health around the country and the world, here’s what you need to know.
May 1, 2017
Why I Turned Down a High-Paying Offer to Grow Cannabis (More Than Once)
Young growers have passion for all aspects of organic and sustainable growing. The key to not losing them to the cannabis industry, according to Kelly Vance, a Technical Consultant for Beneficial Insectary, may be nurturing their interests in these fields by aligning greenhouse production with sustainable growing practices.
April 28, 2017
Growers Developing Strategies for Better Plant Growth Regulator Use in Greenhouses
Whether it’s through new liner programs or more consistent grouping of plants, growers continue to find ways to effectively manage their plant growth regulator programs.