January 2014

Automating Greenhouse Irrigation

Automating your irrigation system can help ensure a more robust, uniform and disease-free crop.

Bud to Bloom

A new “pre-budded” hydrangea program brings popular landscape varieties to the mother’s day market in just 13 weeks.

Cold-Tolerant Bedding Plants

In the December 2013 issue of GPN, I discussed cold-sensitive bedding plants, which are crops that have a relatively high base temperature (46¡ F or higher). At low growing temperatures, cold-sensiti... more

Crop Culture Report: Andropogon gerardii ‘Rain Dance’

Expand sales, senses and grass programs with Andropogon gerardii 'Rain Dance', a new introduction available exclusively from Emerald Coast Growers. It answers the call for added interest in na... more

Disease Discussions: Pulling the Fungicide Rug Out From Under You

ARC: Seems like most people want to use a fungicide as a rescue treatment. We both know this is never as good as preventative treatments. But how many times are you asked for a treatment to save a pla... more

Introducing Exotic Plants to the U.S. Market

Unbeknownst to most consumers, many of the plants they buy are native to a land half a world away. So how do these plants make their way here, and what does their journey entail?

Perennial Solutions: Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’

Based on its blue-green foliage, stunning upright habit and ease of production, the Perennial plant association selected this panicum as its 2014 perennial plant of the year.

Planting Seeds for the Future

One of the most enjoyable things I get to do every year is read and evaluate the essays submitted by college students for the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year competition. It is so rewarding to read abo... more

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