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Chris Beytes Editor

Editor of GrowerTalks, Green Profit magazine and the Acres Online e-newsletter, Chris has been in horticulture for over 30 years. He owned his own greenhouse - Indian River Ornamentals - in Merritt Island, Florida, after he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in horticulture. He also had a minor in Journalism, so after he and his wife Laurie sold the greenhouse business, he started writing full-time, first for local publications in Florida and then moving to the Chicago area when he began writing for GrowerTalks. He's been with Ball Publishing for 25 years now and only thinks about retirement once in a while.  

Recent Articles

Acres & Acres
Consider the Tulip
Chris Beytes
The tulip flower has the most universally recognized shape and is one of our oldest commercial flowering crops.
GT in Brief
Taiwanese Dendrobium Imports Ok’d by APHIS
Chris Beytes
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GT in Brief
Happy Retirement to David Steiner
Chris Beytes
David is retiring from The Blackmore Company, his only place of employment since September 1977, when he was a fresh-faced college graduate.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Gordon Elsbury
Chris Beytes
One of Indiana's outstanding growers, Gordon Elsbury, passed away February 2 after suffering a heart attack. He was 75.
GT in Brief
Thanks to Irma, Caladiums Supply is Tight
Chris Beytes
Hurricane Irma didn’t just flatten greenhouses, shadehouses and crops; she also flooded the caladium fields of Central Florida, where most of the world’s caladiums come from.
GT in Brief
Costa Farms Acquires Green Leaf Nursery
Chris Beytes
The news has just come out that Costa is buying a competing Homestead foliage grower, Green Leaf Nursery.
GT in Brief
Tulip Mania 2.0
Chris Beytes
Journalists from nine different countries get up close and educated about tulips (and several other bulb genera) with the staff of VWS, an importer and exporter of flower bulbs from Broek op Langedijk, the Netherlands.
Acres & Acres
The Golden Circle
Chris Beytes
What’s your purpose, your cause, your belief, your dream? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Why should anyone care about your business?
Features
Fünf Maschinen
Chris Beytes
IPM Essen, held in Essen, Germany, January 23-27, features 1,564 exhibitors from 45 countries, a large majority of which offer colorful flowers and plants. But for this story, we skipped past the delicate foliage and instead sought out the rugged aluminum and steel of the machines needed to grow those colorful flowers and plants faster and more efficiently. Here are five that we think are the most significant of 2018.
Cover Story
Bringing Back Impatiens
Chris Beytes
A combination of classic breeding techniques and modern genetic mapping will soon be bringing you a downy mildew-resistant impatiens series. And if it’s as good as its breeder says, maybe, just maybe, it will restore the impatiens to its position as the world’s best-selling annual bedding plant.
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