March 23, 2016
P. Allen Smith Says SunPatiens Are Hero Plants For Consumer Success
Plants that ensure consumer success with disease resistance bred into their genetics, and ease of use in a variety of conditions, are heroes for gardeners, especially beginners, and they should be celebrated and supported to promote gardening success and interest. These are the messages the award-winning designer, gardening, and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith wants the horticulture industry to know, with the recent announcement of his expanded partnership with Sakata Seed. In an exclusive interview with Greenhouse Grower, P. Allen Smith describes his expanded partnership with Sakata Seed to promote SunPatiens and why the now 10-year-old series helps both novice and expert gardeners to be successful. Smith also collaborates with Sakata to promote the HomeGrown Collection of vegetables. SunPatiens Set Consumers Up For Success, Smith Says As a plantsman first, Smith has extensively trialed SunPatiens in his gardens at Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, AR, and says he is […]
April 5, 2016
9 Cool New Edibles Provide The First Taste Of The 2016 California Spring Trials [Photo Gallery]
Let’s face it — edibles are all the rage, as gardeners of all generations get ready to test their green thumbs and culinary skills. The promise of a juicy strawberry or a ripe tomato, fresh from their own garden, makes their mouths water. According to a recent report by the National Gardening Association, food gardening in the U.S. is at its highest levels in more than a decade, with 35% of all households in America (more than 42 million) growing food at home or in a community. The low-maintenance, new varieties coming on the market are making food gardening better and easier than ever, and providing opportunities to bring new foodies into the garden center. Breeders displaying at the 2016 California Spring Trials (CAST) have provided a sneak peek at some of the edibles that will be ready for retail in 2017. Check out the delicious new fruit and vegetable varieties […]
November 20, 2015
What To Consider When Growing Vegetables Under Cover
Some critical points to think about before adding vegetables to your crop mix include market, crop choice, and labor.
November 16, 2015
Pleasant View Gardens Launches New Savor Edibles And Fragrants
This new line of nearly 150 vegetables and herbs is aimed at Millennials and will be available to garden centers in 2016.
November 13, 2015
Ornamental Greenhouse Growers Must Do Their Homework When Shifting To Vegetables
Good Harvest Farms began growing hydroponic lettuce 15 years ago. Owner Chris Powell says having a reliable market and emphasizing quality are critical.
November 13, 2015
Vegetable Grower Makes The Move To Protected Agriculture
High tunnels have helped one Alabama grower produce high-quality crops year-round while providing a significant return on investment.
September 18, 2015
Grimes Horticulture And Seeds By Design Form Partnership
The new alliance will allow the two companies to take advantage of each of their strengths in breeding and marketing of new vegetable varieties for greenhouse growers and farm marketers.
August 4, 2015
New 2015 California Spring Trial Edibles For The Patio And Garden
If you are looking to capitalize on the foodie trend and spread your risk beyond Spring sales, new vegetables showcased at 2015 California Spring Trials offer plenty of opportunities to focus on unique, flavorful vegetables and edible plants that also hold ornamental value. Here are a few of new varieties Editor Laura Drotleff and Group Editor Carol Miller discovered at Spring Trials that will help diversify your crop mix.
April 20, 2015
Three Michigan State University On-Demand Webinars Offer Effective Strategies For Insect And Disease Control On Vegetables
The first rule of effective insect and disease control for vegetables is to take action to prevent problems before they occur. But in order to do that, you need to have an effective pest and disease management strategy in place that incorporates best practices to ensure a successful outcome. Michigan State University offers three pest and disease management on-demand webinars that will get you started and keep you on the right track.
April 16, 2015
American Takii’s Asian Vegetable Line Is Designed To Connect With Consumers
Unlike many of the other breeders displaying at Spring Trials, American Takii didn’t have many new introductions. But it did have a new program that has prompted many visitors to post to social media — its Asian vegetables. Takii, which is well known for its vegetable breeding, is in the process of vetting the eight to 12 vegetables it will include in the program, and it should have its list fully complete by fall 2015. It is selecting plants that will be easy to use in Asian cooking and will help it stand out from the many vegetable programs in the ornamental market. The Takii marketing team designed bright-red Chinese food takeout containers to act as plant sleeves and a small booklet with five recipes. Honey Chicken With Pak Choy looked especially tasty. Take a look at how the program looks and let us know what you think. HilverdaKooij is a […]
April 14, 2015
18 New Vegetables For Easy Growing And Healthy Eating
Current breeding efforts have focused on vegetable varieties that cater to small space and urban gardening trends and offer consumers good performance with minimal efforts. As a result, new, easy care vegetable introductions packed with flavor and loaded with fruits have swept onto the market. Here are 18 of the newest vegetables already on the market or hitting the market in 2016.
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.
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.
November 14, 2014
First Vegetatively Propagated All-America Selections (AAS) Winners Announced
All-America Selections (AAS) honors two vegetatively propagated impatiens with AAS winner status.
October 8, 2014
Gotham Greens To Build Rooftop Farm In Chicago
Gotham Greens announced October 7 that it has partnered with Method Products, an eco-friendly cleaning product company - to build what they are calling the "world's largest rooftop farm" at Method's new manufacturing plant in the Pullman neighborhood, on Chicago's south side.