November 7, 2007

Goldsmith Markets Kieft’s Color Grass Line

Capitalizing on growing demand and interest in ornamental grasses from seed, Goldsmith Seeds will be marketing Kieft’s ColorGrass line in North America. ColorGrass is a collection of 14 highligh decorative ornamental grasses that are cost-effective inputs from seed. All the grasses are easy to grow and germinate as Kieft’s exclusive TunedSeeds. “It’s very exciting to represent the ColorGrass collection in North America,” says Ron Garofalo, Goldsmith’s director of sales and marketing. “We’re looking forward to offering our customers marketing ideas and technical expertise on a collection of grasses that perfectly compliments Goldsmith’s wide range of genetics.” Kieft is based in Holland and represented by Jeff McGrew in the United States. “Goldsmith was looking to expand their product offering and Kieft was interested in expanding our exposure in NOrth America,” McGrew says. “This partnership makes a lot of sense for both of us and we’re looking forward to a long and […]

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October 31, 2007

Roses For Your Favorite Vampira

Who says Halloween isn’t a floral holiday? Dutch cut rose breeder Schreurs has had fun marketing its Vampire! rose through Dracula Roses in The Netherlands. This month Dracula Roses Transylvania has been producing 100,000 stems per week and will produce 250,000 stems per week next year. The elegant, creamy-colored roses look as if they could have been dipped in blood. They are being sold through the main acutions in The Netherlands along with the German auction, Landgard-Herongen. They can also be ordered online at www.versvandekweker.nl. Check out the fun cartoon video created for the campaign. A spurned Dracula uses roses to woo his women. www.dracularoses.com

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October 24, 2007

Gulley Produces Rock Stars

Gulley Greenhouses in Fort Collins, Colo., has joined the network of Rock Star grower licensees. In addition to growing the the finished line, Gulley’s will be a network propagator for other licensed growers. Founded by perennials powerhouse Valleybrook International Ventures in British Columbia, Rock Stars are a branded line of rock garden and alpine plants. “We are delighted to have Gulley’s join the Rock Star network,” says John Schroeder, president of Valleybrook. “Gulley’s is a well-respected propagator and grower with experience growing a wide range of perennials, including alpines. As a propagator, they will help us achieve our goal of licensing additional growers throughout the United States.” Schroeder also indicated he is pleased to see progressive growers everywhere are recognizing the value of branded products coupled with complete merchandising solutions. “It’s becoming more and more important for growers to differentiate their product to get an edge in the marketplace and […]

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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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October 17, 2007

OFA Brings Pack Trials To Michigan

Through a special outreach program, OFA has partnered with Michigan State University (MSU) and leading trade press editors to bring the California Pack Trials to the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo on Nov. 6. There is no place like the California Pack Trials to be captivated by new plants and the potential they could bring to your bottom line. But not everyone has the opportunity to go, adn those who do are often overwhelmed by the range and volume of options. Join editors Delilah Onofrey of Greenhouse Grower, Dave Kuack of GM Pro, Catie Evans of Green Profit and Tim Hodson of GPN along with MSU’s Dr. Art Cameron and Ball Horticultural Co.’s Will Healy as they highlight the “Cream of the California Pack Trials Crop” in your own backyard. Instead of paying the expense to fly out to California for a week, this bargain is yours for $60. Registration deadline […]

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October 17, 2007

Zylstra & Riverbend Join Hort Couture

Zylstra Greenhouses in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Riverbend Nursery in Virginia and Georgia have joined the Hort Couture grower network. Hort Couture is a new line of branded plants founded by Jim and Jennifer Monroe of Greenbrier Nurseries, a leading grower-retailer in Virginia and West Virgina. Inspired by the fashion industry, Hort Couture is focused on an upscale look packaged with premium plants. Product lines so far include Avant Garde Annuals, Pret a Porter Perennials, Runway Ready Grass, Tres Chic Tropicals and Sunny Succulents. Future product lines include Four Seasons ColorCrops and Lifestyle plants for the mind, body and spirit. The company is licensing about 100 growers in the United States and Canada to produce the Hort Couture line. The national campaign will begin in 2009 and growers will have cobranding opportunities. Zylstra Greenhouses is owned and operated by Steve and Joy Zylstra with three locations in Kalamazoo. In addition to […]

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October 10, 2007

2007 Fall Gardening Trends

The Garden Writers Associaton Foundation (GWAF) has released its “2007 Fall Gardening Trends Research Report,” revealing insights on consumer gardening attitudes and expectations for the current season. Conducted in August by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, a national consumer polling organization, the survey statistically represents the attitudes of 110 million households with an accuracy of 95 percent (+/- 3.1 percentage points). Homeowners were asked what activities they believed were “appropriate” for the fall season. The survey offered choices for activities that were and were not generally recommended for the fall season. Related to plants, almost one in three households (29 percent) reported they believed gardening should stop at first frost. Households that plan to make fall plant purchases primarily with the stpring season in mind grew by 10 percent from 35 percent in 2006 to 45 percent in 2007. Fifteen percent chose sowing flower seeds as a fall activity. The number of […]

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October 3, 2007

University Field Trials

University field trials across the country yielded great results for both new and tried-and-true varieties. See the varieties that were Best In Show at each trial in the October 2007 issue of Greenhouse Grower. Check out the full field trials results from the following universities by clicking below: Colorado State University Oklahoma State University Ohio State University Penn State University University Of Georgia

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October 3, 2007

Fall For Poinsettias In Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Flower Growers have put together a day of education and tours peeping at poinsettias on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The day will begin with poinsettia grower open houses from 8 to 10:15 a.m. at The Flower Hutch and King Farm in Townsend and Quality Plant Growers in Leominster. Then seminars will follow at King Farm featuring: John Bell of Green Leaf Perennials on “Must Have Perennials For 2008” Emeritus Professor John Bartok of University of Connecticut on “Preparing Your Greenhouses To Save Money On your Heating Bill” A catered lunch with an association business meeting and raffle Douglas Cox of University of Massachusetts On “Late Season Use of Growth Regulators on Poinsettias” Tina Smith of University of Massachusetts on “What’s This About Q Biotype Whiteflies?” And Jerry Gorchel from PanAmerican Seed on new seed items for 2008 For more information, contact Bob Luczai, Massachusetts Flower […]

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September 26, 2007

Takii Buys Sahin

Japanese flower and vegetable seed breeder Takii will strengthen its positioning in Europe and enhance its product offerings with the purchase of Dutch flower breeding company, K. Sahin Zaden B.V. Sahin was founded by Kees and Elisabeth Sahin 25 years ago. He loved plants and she was a botanist. Together, they introduced award-winning varieties, including achillea ‘Summer Pastels’ and the first F1 hybrid delphinium, ‘Centurion Sky Blue.’ Kees died one year ago and Elisabeth has been managing the business. Here, Elisabeth is pictured at Greenheart Farms displaying Sahin varieties during the California Pack Trials. “Sahin has bred exciting new classes of professional products, which are ready for introduction,” she says. “Takii’s strength in sales and technology would be a strong party to take these products successfully into the international market.” Denichi Takii, president of Takii & Co., says, “I am quite positive about the acquisition of Sahin. I am confident […]

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September 26, 2007

Germania Offers Organic Plugs

Germania Seed Co. will offer organic vegetable and herb plugs delivered in biodegradable pots made from rice hulls next year. Hot off the presses, Germania’s 2008 Plant/Plug Catalog brings growers more than 12,500 varieties of flowers, vegetables and herbs in plant and plug form. To request a catalog or download it online, go to www.germaniaseed.com.

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September 26, 2007

Fischer/S&G Restructuring Opens Markets

Syngenta just announced a dramatic realignment on the flower side of the business. Fischer USA will manage the entire genetics portfolio encompassing Fischer, GoldFisch and Syngenta-bred vegetative and seed products. S&G Flowers will just be a full-service broker/distributor firm. Before becoming part of the Syngenta conglomerate, S&G Flowers was Sluis & Groot, purely a breeding company based in Holland, and Vaughan’s Seed was a broker company. Together, they became S&G Flowers. The breeding dynamics changed when Syngenta purchased the Fischer group in June. In addition to being the largest geranium-breeder producer in the world with key lines in poinsettias and New Guinea impatiens, Fischer produces and markets all the vegetative Goldsmith products under GoldFisch. Because S&G Flowers had an internal breeder-broker relationship, certain S&G lines were exclusive through its own distribution. This includes the A Cut Above vegetative varieties and select seed varieties. With the new arrangement, All the genetics […]

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September 12, 2007

Yoder Plants Field Day And Mum Fest

Yoder will host its garden mum and aster fall field day on Sept. 27 at Lucas Greenhouse in Monroeville, N.J. Then that weekend, Sept. 29-30, Yoder’s home town, Barberton, Ohio, will be ablaze with 20,000 mums at Lake Anna Park during the 17th annual Mum Fest. At the field day, growers can learn about new garden mum and aster varieties and see how they compare with existing Yoder and competing varieties. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to be more successful growing and marketing mums. To register, contact Deb McGuinness at 800-232-9557, Ext. 2471, or email [email protected] The Mum Fest offers free admission and family fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In addition to the amazing mum plantings, visitors will enjoy musical entertainment, historical displays, water ski shows, log carving, canoe races, arts and crafts, sand sculpting and ferris wheel rides. Potted mums also will be […]

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September 12, 2007

EuroAmerican Offers Unrooted Osteospermums

In vegetative annuals, EuroAmerican Propagators in Bonsall, Calif., is offering Sunny osteospermums as unrooted cuttings. Popular in Europe, the Sunny series comes from one of the most extensive breeding programs, producing a kaleidoscope of colors and a broad range of heights and growth habits. The versatile plants thrive as bedding and in pots. Nearly 30 varieties are available as rooted liners and as unrooted cuttings. All orders are shipped directly from the producer in Vietnam and imported through the ports of Miami or Atlanta. For more details, visit EuroAmerican’s Web site.

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August 29, 2007

EuroAmerican Hosts Open House

EuroAmerican Propagators will educate visitors on landscaping with drought-tolerant plants during its 6th annual open house, Sept. 5-15, in Bonsall, Calif. Succulents and low-maintenance perennials will be the key product lines that tie in with this concept. Additional highlights include appearances by gardening celebrities, including P. Allen Smith and live radio programming featuring personalities from Garden Compass. For more information or to RSVP, contact [email protected] Download the invitation, which is full of helpful travel information here.

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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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August 15, 2007

Heating Up Heirloom Bulbs

Looking for bulbs that will work in the South? The Southern Bulb Co. has rolled out a redesigned Web site that is a comprehensive resource for heirloom flower bulb varieties available for warm climates. The Web site provides detailed information about optimal growth environments and all the essential facts on each variety. “After months of effort, we have compiled an exhaustive resource to magnify the rich gardening experiences of bulb enthusiasts across the South,” says president Chris Wiesinger. “This new Web site is part of a continual effort to simplify the ordering process, while also providing our customers with the tips they need, from the best soil types to the right amount of sun and shade, to see their bulbs thrive in their regions.” Check it out at the Southern Bulb Co. Web site.

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August 8, 2007

Tesselaar Growers Meet In Seattle

Smith Gardens in Bellingham, Wash., hosted 15 fellow growers in the Anthony Tesselaar licensee network during its mid-year meeting in June to discuss the next generation of Flower Carpet Roses, as well as Tropicanna cannas and Volcano phlox. New plants under consideration in the pipeline include magnolias and cordyline. For more information on the Australian plant marketer, Anthony Tesselaar Plants, visit: http://www.tesselaar.com

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August 8, 2007

AAS Celebrates Diamond Anniversary

Seed industry veterans and trials judges from the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom gathered in Blue Bell, Pa., outside of Philadelphia for the All-America Selections (AAS) Summer Meeting, Aug. 1-3. Highlights include a day at Fordhook Farm, which is the estate of W. Atlee Burpee, and a day at the world-famous Longwood Gardens. Greenhouse Grower’s Editor Delilah Onofrey was the mistress of ceremonies at the banquet and presented a talk on trends. For the highlights, visit the Planting Pride portion of Delilah’s blog at: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/delilah/page.php?page=pride

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August 8, 2007

More Midwestern Trials

This Friday, Plantpeddler in Cresco, Iowa, will host its variety day, “testing the best in the Midwest.” The trials feature more than 500 varieties from more than 20 breeders along with in-ground displays. Seminars will rotate on the half hour on the fundamentals of plant culture, breeding and selection, and care and handling. For details, visit: www.plantpeddler.com. Next week, the University of Wisconsin West Madison Agricultural Research Station and the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin (CFGW) are conducting an argyranthemum and bacopa trial, in addition to the two acres of flower and vegetable trials. The industry-only open house will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, contact CFGW’s Bruce Sadowski at 262-377-0986 or Judy Reith-Rozelle at the research station at 608-262-2257.

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