February 2016

2016: Year of the Begonia

The National Garden Bureau has designated 2016 as “Year of the Begonia.” So how can growers capitalize on this landscape staple that continues to delight gardeners, from Boomers to Millennials?

Considering Cannabis?

What you need to know before plunging into this emerging market

Culture Report: Nemesia Little Dragons Series

Gardeners will fall in love with these gorgeous blooms paired with garden performance and delightful fragrance.

Efficacy of Lamp Types at Controlling Flowering

When the nights are long (the days are short), delivering low-intensity lighting can regulate flowering of photoperiodic ornamental plants. Incandescent lamps have been used for decades to successfull... more

Failure to Communicate

Last month at the Next Level Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, I participated in a session on AmericanHort’s SHIFT initiative. Introduced last summer at Cultivate’15, SHIFT is “taking a ... more

New Poinsettia Standouts for 2016

With so many new and impressive introductions, it can be challenging for growers to determine which ones might fit into their assortment. Here’s a glimpse into some of the highlights from the 2015 North American Poinsettia Trials.

Perennial Solutions: Azalea ‘Encore Autumn Fire’

A reliable shrub that livens up the landscape, this recent introduction presents a tremendous display of lush, true red, semi-double blooms.

The New Perennial Movement

If you’re looking for new ideas in perennials, check out the New Perennial Movement. I’m not referring to coverage by industry media of every new perennial intro, I’m talking about the design st... more

Western Flower Thrips & Resistance

Question: How do Western flower thrips populations develop resistance to insecticides? Answer: Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) is one of the most destructive insect pests of gree... more

Why Biologicals? Why Now?

We’ve reached another crossroad. How many of us are going to stay on the same old road? How many will make a turn? When the dust clears we can only see a little ways, then comes the unknown. Yes, th... more

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