July 9, 2008

Serving Up Holiday Style

Dömmen ‘Marco Polo’ rounds out the poinsettia assortment in the apricot color range. An 8-week variety with medium vigor, RED FOX ‘Marco Polo’ can be produced alongside red cultivars like ‘Euroglory,’ ‘Infinity’ and ‘Viking.’   Dömmen ‘Viking’ is absolutely cold resistant and very robust with a vigorous growing habit. The thick stem and the resistance against botrytis make this cultivar super strong.   Dömmen New in the RED FOX assortment are two euphorbias, ‘Silver Fog’ and ‘Silver Shadow,’ which differ in habit and leaf shape. ‘Silver Fog’ is more compact with short round leaves, and ‘Silver Shadow’ is slightly more vigorous with a longer shaped leaf. Dömmen Dömmen introduces ‘Infinity Marble,’ an addition to the 2007 Infinity series that exhibits medium/large vigor, good branching habit, and an excellent V-shaped growing habit.   Dömmen ‘Flame’ offers “red hot” color, superb branching habit, and V-shape growth, making this new novelty trendy and […]

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June 16, 2008

Good Points

North Carolina State University  Trial location: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. (Trial is part of the National Poinsettia Trial Program in cooperation with Purdue University, University of Florida and Homewood Nursery and Garden Center). Trial managers: John Dole and Ingram McCall Plant date: Aug. 3 for low vigor cultivars and Aug. 17 for all cultivars (some cultivars were planted at both times). Weather conditions for the season: Excellent weather conditions; among the best in years. No hurricanes and lots of sun.    Best In Show/Best New Variety ‘Ice Punch’ scored the highest in consumer marketing studies. It is an easy-to-grow cultivar with good axillary shoot development and uniformity. Most novel color pattern since ‘Cortez Burgundy.’    Best Old Variety ‘Prestige Maroon,’ released last year, offers uniform, sturdy growth, excellent breaking and great color.   Top Performers Rounding out the top three in consumer preferences along with ‘Prestige Maroon’ were […]

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June 16, 2008

Poinsettia Prowess

However, when it comes to post-greenhouse durability, stem strength and shelf life for the consumer, Prestige has built a reputation that has made it the No. 1 selling poinsettia variety in the world. That was until now. New for 2007, ‘Prestige Early Red’ is being offered by the Paul Ecke Ranch to further extend the benefits of the Prestige genetics into the grower and retailer market. Like the original, ‘Prestige Early Red’ features strong stems and plant habit that has virtually eliminated problems with stem breakage due to transport and handling. ‘Prestige Early Red’ also offers the characteristic dark green leaves and deep red bracts preferred by consumers. Not only is this variety strong, it is beautiful. The contrast between red bracts and yellow cyathia clusters is outstanding. ‘Prestige Early Red’ flowers 10 to 14 days earlier than Prestige does, making it an ideal choice for the early season market. […]

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January 23, 2008

Poinsettia Production Images

Selecta First Class has posted greenhouse production images for most of its poinsettia varieties. “It is always nice to see poinsettia images from real production in the field,” says Selecta’s Stefan Reiner. “The catalog images are nice, but we all perfer real production images. During our travels, we do see a lot of production, and we started to take a lot of images.” Visit https://firstclassplants.com and click on products and care, Select poinsettias from the drop-down menu and then select varieties.

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December 5, 2007

‘Tis The Season For Poinsettia Trials

There’s still time to check out poinsettia trials in Ohio and North Carolina. OFA has partnered with The Ohio State University to host poinsettia trials at four growing locations in four parts of the state: Today from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Berns Greenhouse in Middletown Monday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Bostdorff Greenhouse Acres in Bowling Green Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Dill’s Greenhouse in Groveport Friday, Dec. 14 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Barco and Sons, Inc. in Medina No reservations are needed. For more information, contact OFA’s Technical Education Manager Steve Carver at 614-487-1117 or [email protected]  Tomorrow, North Carolina State University will host its poinsettia open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the horticulture field lab next to the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. On Sunday, the trials will be held at the Ruby C. McSwain Center […]

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November 21, 2007

Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas The day before the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo on Nov. 5, I drove to Kalamazoo to visit Larry Boven, his daughters, and the new owners of Boven’s Quality Plants, Kris and Stacy Van de Streek. They purchased the original Boven location in August. The newer Van Boven’s location six miles away was purchased by Nirmal Shah. Both are young growers who just turned 30. Nirmal came to Boven’s from Penn State and Kris has worked for Boven since he was in high school, raising money to take a trip to Spain over spring break The last time I visited Boven’s was 14 years ago, when I was an editorial assistant and attending the Western Michigan conference in Kalamazoo. It was my first grower visit and I even got to go up in a helicopter with Larry to see the entire Kalamazoo Valley. We […]

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October 24, 2007

OFA Hosts Poinsettia Symposium At Ecke Ranch

Would you like to get more out of your poinsettia crop? OFA is hosting a new symposium, “Poinsettias–The Nuts & Bolts And The Dollars & Cents,” Nov. 13-14 at Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, Calif. Deadline to register is Oct. 31. During this 1.5-day symposium, leading experts will give you a better understanding of how to squeeze the very last dollar out of the cost of production while growing a top quality crop. They will introduce you to new forms and presentations, varieties and specialty programs that can help you reap a great margin for your poinsettia. In this intense poinsettia symposium you’ll learn about scheduling, temperature, light, nutrition, media, water, height management, diagnostics and varieties. Tuesday, November 13 7:30 to 7:50 am Registration and refreshments 7:50 to 8:00 Welcome: Paul Ecke III 8 to 9:15 am You Can Still Make Money Growing Poinsettias 9:15 to 9:30 am Break 9:30 […]

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August 22, 2007

Keep Poinsettias On Target

Keep your poinsettias on track with On Target, a Web-bsed height tracking program developed by Ecke Ranch. The program is free to customers. “One of the greatest uncertainties in producing superior poinsettias is accurately predicting and managing growth in the finishing phases of crop production,” says Rebecca Siemonsma, Ecke’s Technical and Sales Support Manager. On Targetâ„¢ gives growers a tool that is easy to use, and allows for safe storage of charts for year-to-year comparisons and planning. The only system requirements are a Web browser and Internet connection. In addition to providing online tracking, the program allows growers the option to download the data files for comparison and charting offline as well. Another feature is the ability to interact with Ecke support staff online from within the charting program, allowing for faster and more dynamic service. “Being a leader in technical support is a key differentiator for Ecke,” says Roger […]

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July 18, 2007

Graphical Tracking Software

A new and expanded version of the popular UNH FloraTrack software for graphically tracking poinsettias is now available from Plant Docs. The program, developed by Paul Fisher while he was at the University of New Hampshire, helps poinsettia growers compare actual and target plant heights and guide crop decisions. Discounts are available to customers of Fischer USA and Quality Analytical Laboratories. For more information, visit http://www.plantdocs.biz

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January 31, 2007

Good Points

North Carolina State University Trial location: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. (Trial is part of the National Poinsettia Trial Program in cooperation with Purdue University, University of Florida and Homewood Nursery and Garden Center). Trial managers: John Dole and Ingram McCall Plant date: Aug. 3 for low vigor cultivars and Aug. 17 for all cultivars (some cultivars were planted at both times). Weather conditions for the season: Excellent weather conditions; among the best in years. No hurricanes and lots of sun. Best In Show/Best New Variety ‘Ice Punch’ scored the highest in consumer marketing studies. It is an easy-to-grow cultivar with good axillary shoot development and uniformity. Most novel color pattern since ‘Cortez Burgundy.’ Best Old Variety ‘Prestige Maroon,’ released last year, offers uniform, sturdy growth, excellent breaking and great color. Top Performers Rounding out the top three in consumer preferences along with ‘Prestige Maroon’ were ‘Metro Red’ and ‘Premium […]

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