December 12, 2017
Hällnäs Handelsträdgård grows faster now during winter since deploying Fluence LEDs.
Since deploying VYPRx PLUS for supplemental lighting in their greenhouse in Northern Sweden, Hällnäs Handelsträdgård has seen an increase in overall yield, 21% reduction in lead time, and reduced shrink. Watch how, here.
August 22, 2017
Grower Sees Benefits of Using STOCKOSORB® from Production to End Consumer
Bob’s Market and Greenhouses uses STOCKOSORB® hydrogel to optimize plant performance from greenhouse to consumer. By David Kuack Bob’s Market and Greenhouses in Mason, W.V., has been incorporating a water-absorbing hydrogel into its growing mixes since 1995. When the company first started adding a hydrogel the growing mixes were produced using stationary concrete mixing drums. “We had a rudimentary method of making our soil-less growing mixes,” said vice president Scott Barnitz, whose responsibilities include the company’s retail operations and its wholesale finished production. “We ran the concrete mixers with hydraulic electric motors. We were able to fully expand the hydrogel and incorporate it into the mixers. We were quickly impressed with the beneficial water-releasing qualities of the hydrogel.” Barnitz said when his company began working with Bouldin & Lawson in 2012 to design and engineer an inline soil system it was imperative that expanded STOCKOSORB® hydrogel could continue to be […]
August 7, 2017
Smarter Cart Tracking
Tired of losing track of your plant carts? RACO GPS Cart Tracking uses RFID and GPS technology to identify where your carts are located (even while in-transit) and how long they have been there, allowing you to effortlessly view and manage your cart inventory, improve logistical efficiency, raise delivery accuracy, and ultimately save you money.
March 9, 2017
Drought Concerns Continue Despite Record Rain
Drought has plagued various parts of the United States in recent years. And, it will take a lot of precipitation to cure it. After a six-year drought Californians are suffering — or is it celebrating — record rainfall. The state has gone from five years of drought to the wettest year on record. That has led some to suggest an end to the drought in many parts of California and the Southwest. In fact, in January, the National Weather Service in Reno, Nevada, even tweeted, “Bye bye Drought. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Despite burgeoning dams and overflowing reservoirs, the celebration may be premature, says Peter Gleick, co-founder and chief scientist of the Pacific Institute, a hydroclimatologist, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. “Even in a wet year in California, nature’s bounty of water is no longer enough to satisfy all […]
January 12, 2017
Small Change Saves Big Money
When Nonna makes her family’s traditional tomato sauce Dominick expects it to taste the same today as last Sunday — comforting and familiar. Why mess with the best? But, what if, just what if she simmers the sauce with roasted pork neck bones and sausage? Maybe she wants collagen from the bones to thicken the sauce and give it richer flavor. The tweak may go unnoticed, but the sauce may have better texture and flavor definition. Should she change the formula? Or should she cling to her past? She’s probably tweaked the recipe through the years as she’s learned ways to make it better. It’s just that no one knows. So, why not change now. Change may feel difficult at first, but it can improve the experience for everyone who touches the product. As a former president once said, “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher […]
February 28, 2015
Blue Ribbon Bloomers For Greenhouse Production
Grow what consumers want! Surveys show that blue is one of the top preferred colors of today’s consumers. Here are twelve top recommended blue flowering Proven Winners annuals and perennials to suit your spring production cycle.