March 2014

Crop Culture Report: ‘Try Basil’ — Three Basils in One Pot

This new multi-seed pellet is an easy and economical way to grow the popular herb.

Disease Discussions: Problems with Misdiagnosis

ARC: Margery, how much do you hate guessing what is wrong with a plant? I still remember having growers call me when I worked at the University of Florida research center in Apopka in the early 1980s.... more

Greening Up Calibrachoa & Petunia

Many popular spring garden plants, such as calibrachoa and petunia, perform best at a low media pH, around 5.4 to 5.8. When the pH becomes too high, above 6.2 for these crops, iron in the root zone be... more

Perennial Solutions: Hypericum ‘Hypearls Compact Star’

Multi-seasonal landscape appeal makes St. John’s-Wort a showstopper for sunny gardens, small places and containers.

Production Studies from the North American Poinsettia Trials

Along with the evaluation of the new cultivars at the trial sites, several experiments are conducted to study different production issues.  Below are reports on four of these trials. These trials... more

Shedding Some Light on Greenhouse Lighting Options

Greenhouse growers know the importance of balancing the many different parameters involved in a successful growing operation. With a greenhouse setup, lighting is one of the most important factors for... more

Tips for Producing Vinca Plugs

Vinca can be a challenging crop to produce, especially for early spring sales. Here are some tips to help you prepare vinca plugs before transplant.

Trialing Times & Time for Trials

The winter of 2013-14 has been one for the record books. It doesn't matter where you are located, Mother Nature has presented a cornucopia of challenges for growers. Record snowfalls, bone-chillin... more

Using Iron in Soil, Hydroponics & Aquaponics

Iron is needed in plants for several functions. Iron is used in chlorophyll production, it acts as an oxygen carrier, and it is involved in chemical reactions for cell division and growth. Because iro... more

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