June 2017

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Building a Better Monarch Butterfly Waystation

Concern for pollinator health continues to gain public interest. How can growers take part in restoring habitats for monarchs and other pollinators?

California Spring Trials: An Insider’s Look

Each year hundreds of people make the trek to sunny California to view the latest and greatest plants and products in our industry at California Spring Trials (CAST). I have had the pleasure of organi... more

Crossroads: Jump-Starting Your Business

Are you feeling beaten down by the news? Are changes in the marketplace, labor costs and even availability of labor starting to affect how you operate and more importantly your view of your business f... more

Culture Report: Begonia Megawatt Series

Open the door to earlier spring begonia sales with this new mega- sized option.

Dealing with Broad Mite

Question: I am having issues with broad mites on much of my herbaceous plant material. What are my options in regards to managing this pest?

Duets: Crop Nutrition and Organic Production

Growers reading this column likely fall into one of the following groups. Some currently practice organic crop fertilization. Others are interested in learning how to transition from traditional inorg... more

Growing Better CEA Crops with Smart Lighting Choices

The best lighting applications are tailored to each production situation. Here are some common scenarios along with their best solutions.

Growing Plants with Green Light

Green light can be defined as radiation with wavelengths between 500 and 600 nm. Green light is within the photosynthetically active waveband of 400 to 700 nm, yet its effects on plant growth and deve... more

Protecting Your Business

How can you prepare for a claim in the event of theft?

Survey Says … Good News!

According to the 2017 National Gardening Survey, the do-it-yourself (DIY) yard and garden industry is now valued at $36.9 billion.

The Power of Color: 2018 Introductions at the Costa Trial Garden

This is Part 1 of my overview of the trial performance at Costa, the first trial of the season.

Top Trends at the Trials

While new variety introductions are the stars of the show, it is easy to note overall trends hitting the market.

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