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April 14, 2015

Dümmen And HGTV: Allan Armitage On What Looks Promising

On his third day of California Spring Trials, Dr. Allan Armitage visited two Dümmen sites and HGTV HOME Plants. (Full disclosure: Dr. Armitage consults for HGTV HOME Plants.) Take a look at the new introductions that caught his eye during these stops.

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April 14, 2015

Mast Young Plants Recaps CAST Standouts At Benary, Pacific Plug & Liner, Proven Winners And Syngenta Flowers

The team from Mast Young Plants, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., and part of Greenhouse Grower's Medal Of Excellence For Industry's Choice Panel, recounted their first day at California Spring Trials, and let us know what caught their attention. The team includes Jim Raterink, Laura Robles and Brian Weesies.

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April 14, 2015

Floranova Adds New Colors To The Bossa Nova Series

Floranova received some excellent feedback from the market about its Bossa Nova Begonia boliviensis series after introducing the first six colors in 2014. That recognition included receiving Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Editor’s Choice Award during Evening Of Excellence at Cultivate’14. At California Spring Trials, Floranova introduced six new colors for the Bossa Nova series that it will add for 2016, and whereas the original six were bright and vibrant colors, the new ones are softer, including a new White variety.

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April 13, 2015

Keeping Your Greenhouse Vegetables And Fruits Safe: Overview Of Best Food Safety Practices

This is the first installment of a four-part series that will bring you up to speed on what it takes to fulfill food safety mandates for greenhouse production.

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April 13, 2015

Suntory Flowers’ New BeeDance Bidens Causes A Buzz, While EuroAmerican Propagators Saves Water With Sipsters

At the top of a scenic lookout on the grounds of the Ventura Botanical Gardens, guests said they felt a little more zen when they left the Suntory Flowers and EuroAmerican Propagators Spring Trials site. It could have been the delicious meal, the panoramic, ocean view or the four seasons garden trail highlighting the different uses of plants at the trials site. Or it could have been because of the buzz of all the bees attracted by Suntory Flowers’ new BeeDance bicolor bidens.

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April 13, 2015

Ball Horticultural Co. Jolts Life Into Gardening With CAST 2015 Introductions

Representing eight breeding companies, Ball Horticultural Co. is the anchor of the southern half of California Spring Trials. It was our last stop on day one, and overwhelmed us with options and opportunities. Ball doesn’t do anything small, and California Spring Trials is proof.

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April 13, 2015

Green Fuse Botanicals Launches New Programmable Perennials Offering

Day one of California Spring Trials for the Greenhouse Grower team started off in Santa Paula, where Green Fuse Botanicals revealed its biggest new offering - programmable perennial combinations. Starting off with four named mixes, including Peach Cobbler, Bottle Rockets, Butterfly Alert and Mountain Sun, Green Fuse has taken all the guesswork out of which perennials will finish together to create high-value, high-margin perennial combos.

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April 13, 2015

Allan Armitage Shares His Favorite Spring Trials Finds From Green Fuse Botanicals, Suntory And Ball Horticultural Co.

Dr. Allan Armitage talks about his favorite finds among the many new introductions he saw at Green Fuse Botanicals, Suntory and Ball Horticulture. He saw a couple of not-so-new plants that he loves, too.

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April 13, 2015

How Team Raker Gets Ready For Spring Trials And Makes Decisions On New Varieties

The Medal Of Excellence For Industry's Choice panel members from C. Raker & Sons provide some insight on the steps Team Raker takes in preparation for attending the California Spring Trials, and what factors the team considers before adding new varieties to production.

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April 10, 2015

Let’s Revisit New Crops

New crops are the lifeblood of our industry, but what is new to us isn't always new to consumers.

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April 10, 2015

5 Selection Principles For Vegetables That Sell

You gain a competitive edge when you select vegetable varieties that are right for your greenhouse and right for your customers. Here are five pieces of advice from breeders to help you stay ahead of the game.

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April 10, 2015

Retailer To Grower: Get Crop Ideas From Retailers

Every year, Nelson Nursery tries out new plant combinations suggested by its retail clients. Owner Mike Lemke thinks all growers would benefit from doing the same.

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April 8, 2015

Join The Editors Of Greenhouse Grower At The 2015 California Spring Trials

Hit the California Spring Trials trail with the editors of Greenhouse Grower next week. Editor Laura Drotleff and Group Editor Carol Miller, together with Dr. Allan Armitage, will visit every stop to bring you the latest varieties and breaking news. Subscribe to Greenhouse Grower‘s Benchrunner eNewsletter to make sure you get our daily updates while in California, April 11-17.

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March 31, 2015

California Summer Vegetable Trials To Be Hosted By National Garden Bureau Members

Vegetable breeding companies will come together this August to host the Summer Vegetable Trials in California. Like the long-standing California Spring Trials that are held annually in California, attendees will have the opportunity to visit breeding companies' trial sites in seven locations throughout the state, from August 20-21, 2015. National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, is organizing and publicizing this event on behalf of its members.

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March 25, 2015

13 New Shrubs You’ll Find At The 2015 California Spring Trials

Woody ornamentals serve as the foundation of many great landscapes, but beyond their traditional uses, shrubs also add color, structure, texture and interest to small gardens and even containers. Check out this slideshow to see some of the newest introductions you’ll get to see at this year’s California Spring Trials.

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March 23, 2015

Update To Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals App Expected In April

A new update to the Greatest Perennials & Annuals app narrows the gap between consumers and grower-retailers, while providing more of Armitage’s top picks and growing advice for success with plants.

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2014 Poinsettia Season Report

March 18, 2015

Download Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 Poinsettia Season Recap

Poinsettia growers report a strong year in 2014, thanks to a few conditions. Seasonal cold at just the right time put consumers in a festive mood to buy early and often, and with no big snowstorms to hold up shipments and a reduction of supply available in the market, the season was strong from start to finish. Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 Poinsettia Survey received 143 responses from growers around the country. Here, you can download the complete results of the survey, by filling out the form.

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Hydrangea 'Endless Summer BloomStruck' from Bailey Nurseries

March 17, 2015

Michael Dirr Slated To Address Attendees At Hydrangeas 2015

Dr. Michael Dirr to deliver the keynote address at Hydrangeas 2015 conference, hosted by the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society in partnership with Endless Summer Hydrangeas. The conference will take place at the historic Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Mass.

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March 17, 2015

16 New Blooming Potted Plants You’ll See At The 2015 California Spring Trials

Blooming potted plants are perfect gift items, and they put the finishing touch on any style of home decor. So when new varieties come on the market, growers and retailers alike take note of plants they know are going to make consumers happy. Check out the slideshow to see some of the new blooming potted plants making their debut to the trade this spring.

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