April 2012

Crop Culture Report: Under the Sea Coleus

One of the most unique new introductions in the past year, the Under the Sea Coleus collection from Hort Couture has a unique subset of leaves that make them resemble the most intricate of sea creatur... more

Enhancing Insecticides with Sugar-Based Compounds

Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) is the most destructive insect pest of greenhouses worldwide causing both direct and indirect damage to a wide range of horticultural crops. The prim... more

Floriculture and Ornamentals Education and Extension at Purdue University

The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (HLA) at Purdue University can trace its roots back to 1884, when Professor James Troop founded the Department of Horticulture and Entomology.... more

Helpful Hints: Energy Conservation

Why save energy?Three reasons come to mind.1. Purchased energy is a significant and ongoing expense for most greenhouse operations.2. There is high probability that energy prices will continue to rise... more

Perennial Solutions: Gerbera Garvinea Series

Producing colorful flowers from early spring to first frost, Garvinea is a proven garden performer.

Successful Use of Paclobutrazol

There are several plant growth retardants (PGRs) that contain the active ingredient paclobutrazol, including Bonzi (Syngenta), Downsize (Greenleaf Chemical), Paczol (OHP), Piccolo and Piccolo 10XC (Fi... more

There’s a Storm Brewing

Are you ready for the storm that is brewing out there among consumers?Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about how Baby Boomers, the core gardening customer of the past couple of de... more

This Month in Diseases: Phlox

In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in phlox. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort.Click on the PDF below to lea... more

Using Mycorrhizae in a Professional Mix

Growers have inquired about using mycorrhizae in professional peat and bark mixes. Most people are not familiar with mycorrhizae and there is confusion and misleading information in the industry about... more

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