August 2013

A Growing Industry Grows

If last month's OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio, is any kind of an indicator, the future of the horticulutre industry is definitely pointed in the right direction. Attendance was up as the tra... more

Crop Culture Report: Verbena Enduro Series

New Enduro from Ball FloraPlant is a breakthrough in landscape verbena for its extended flowering. Northern breeding trials show Enduro won't cycle out of color — even in summer temperature... more

Efficient Greenhouse Design

I have been told that I am a greenhouse guru. I have also been told that I am frugal. When it comes to efficient greenhouse design, I'm a believer in the basics. The most economical structure is o... more

Mealybugs and Systemic Insecticides

Mealybugs, one of the most damaging insect pests, can be difficult to mitigate. This study will help determine factors that will improve the efficacy of systemic insecticides.

Meeting the Challenge of Fungicide Rotations

Resistance management of fungicides by using different MOA (mode of action) groups is one of the basic issues faced by growers. These MOA groups are also called FRAC groups, referring to the informati... more

Nutrient Dosing

Take these guidelines into consideration when applying fertilizers through irrigation systems.

Perennial Solutions: Sedum Sunsparkler ‘Dazzleberry’

This breakthrough in groundcover sedum breeding boasts attractive succulent foliage, early fall flowering and extended bloom time.

So Long Soil

Times are changing. Urbanization, diminishing farmland, consumer demand for fresh, locally grown produce and their awareness of how far it travels before consumption have made hydroponics — a me... more

Successful Use of the PGR Daminozide

Daminozide was one of the first plant growth retardants (PGRs) registered for use on agricultural crops. It was first registered in 1963 for use on potted chrysanthemums and was later approved for use... more

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