September 12, 2016
New Variety Award Winners Announced At Farwest 2016
A panel of industry experts, as well as show attendees, selected a thornless blackberry and a hydrangea for the top honors.
September 7, 2016
Check Out The Best Annuals For Attracting Bees And Butterflies
Public interest in protecting bees and other pollinators has initiated a new market for flowers that are good food plants for pollinators. Here's a list of annuals Michigan State University Extension recommends that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
September 6, 2016
10 Colorful Spring Plants For Sales In 2017
Trends with plants come and go, but color always sells. These spring crops for 2017 offer color choices ranging from bold and vibrant hues to understated, softer tones, and they’re versatile enough to be used in baskets, containers, beds, and borders.
September 5, 2016
7 New Shrubs And Foliage Plants For Spring Interest
Perennials and annuals aren’t the only plants that supply spring color to the garden. Shrubs and foliage plants also add color and interest and are a great way to round out your spring product mix.
September 4, 2016
All-America Selections Presents Achievement Awards At Its Summer Summit
Jim Nau of Ball Horticultural received the AAS Medallion of Honor, while Janika Eckert of Johnny’s Selected Seeds took home the Breeders Cup.
August 30, 2016
14 Cool Season Plants To Kick Off The Spring Season
These new cultivar introductions for 2016 are spring bloomers that can take the cold for early-season sales.
August 23, 2016
Kick Spring Sales Up A Notch With 20 New Plant Introductions For 2017
It’s time to look forward to the spring season and what plants will get your business off to the right start. These 18 new cultivars have all the traits of good breeding — uniform habits, bold colors, showy blooms, good vigor, and excellent branching.
August 23, 2016
Gardens Alive! Parent Company Buys Zelenka Farms
Zelenka Farms, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says LM Farms, which owns Gardens Alive!, has purchased the company and all of its assets. BFN Operations LLC and its affiliated entities, d/b/a Zelenka Farms, operated one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the U.S. Its products include shrubs, trees, perennials, roses, and groundcovers. The owners of Gardens Alive! have successfully purchased several other companies from bankruptcy and are experienced nursery managers. Niles Kinerk, Chairman of LM Farms, stated that “the opportunity to purchase Zelenka Farms assets and to continue the turnaround that is well underway is exactly the kind of opportunity that we look for. We understand the efforts of the management team led by Eric Ek and others have been successful, and we will support the management team in the coming months and years.” Zelenka Farms operates its six facilities across the key growing regions in the […]
August 20, 2016
Growing Tips On Coreopsis UpTick Series From John Wilson At Seville Farms
Editor’s Note: In this new feature, the Greenhouse Grower varieties team will choose one noteworthy variety each month we think is worth bringing to your attention. Then we’ll share growers’ and breeders’ perspectives on the best ways to produce it successfully at your operation. This month we focus on the hardy Coreopsis UpTick series, winner of Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Industry’s Choice Medal of Excellence for Breeding. Growing Tips From John Wilson, Seville Farms When asked about producing Coreopsis UpTick, John Wilson says he doesn’t have much to say because it was so easy to grow. Wilson, a Corporate Grower for Seville Farms, says based on the new series’ strong performance during the trialing he has done so far, the nursery ordered a large quantity of the plants for future growing. “If breeders were looking to come up with something that says ‘wow,’ they have done it with the UpTick Series,” […]
August 19, 2016
Learn How Unconventional Plants Can Be Hidden Gems
According to Kelly Norris, plant breeding inspired by consumer motivations and interests restores our connection with consumers thirsty for out-of-the-ordinary plants.
August 9, 2016
Welby Gardens Names Top Selections From Its Trial Gardens
Welby Gardens, an exclusive grower of Hardy Boy Plants, tested more than 900 varieties this year in its field and container trials. Find out which varieties were the cream of the crop.
August 6, 2016
Growing Tips On Petunia ‘Night Sky’ From Dan Chaney At Ivy Acres
Production tips for Petunia ‘Night Sky’ from Dan Chaney, Vice President of Production, at Ivy Acres.
August 2, 2016
Ohio State University 2016 Plant Trials Offer Real-Time Evaluations
The Ohio State University (OSU) displayed more than 500 cultivars for evaluation this year at the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens in Columbus, OH. Several Cultivate'16 attendees took the opportunity to wander the trial grounds and evaluate in-ground entries and those in sun and shade containers and hanging baskets.
August 1, 2016
Danziger Targets Future Growth With Recent Management Changes
The changes will provide a foundation of growth, creativity, and innovation, notes Micha Danziger, who will now serve as chairman of the Board of Directors.
July 31, 2016
Griffin 2017 Plant Catalog Now Available In Print And Digital Formats
The print catalog features more than 280 new varieties, while the digital edition has several bonus resources.
July 30, 2016
Pair New Spring Crops With Fresh Ideas For Increased Sales
There are plenty of exciting, new spring crops to consider incorporating into your crop selection. What will set your operation apart is how creative you are about what plants you select, and how you promote them.