GROWERTALKS - April 2018 Issue (Vol. 81 No. 12)
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.
Cover Story
Forthcoming Foes
Jennifer Zurko
This year’s top insects and diseases and how to handle them, including a new one to watch out for.
Culture Notes
Time to Smell the Roses!
Delilah Onofrey
Growing Brindabella Roses is easy and matches production practices for modern, vigorous shrub roses.
Features
Eyes Mandatory, Degree Optional
Sylvia Schaap
Identifying insect and disease issues in-house.
Features
Staying on Top of Tospoviruses
Steven Arthurs & Kevin M. Heinz
Beware of these diseases in your bedding plants.
Features
Step 2: The Discovery Process
Dean Bemis
The second step in effective salesmanship? Discovering what people need. Part 2 of a six-part series.
Features
Substrates International
Dr. Brian E. Jackson
European and North American wood fiber products and perspectives.
Features
The 1-2 Pest Punch
Sandra Sleezer
Strategies for managing and reducing the likelihood of pesticide resistance.
Features
The Biochar Mix
Jennifer Duffield White
Making sense of a complex soil additive.
Features
The Care & Feeding of BCAs
Allison Westbrook
Biocontrols are not all the same, and if you don’t know the exact requirements for each organism you bring into your greenhouse, you can end up with a fridge full of dead bugs.
Features
Where Are You Growing Botrytis?
Nathan Jahnke & John M. Dole
Taking steps during propagation and shipping can ensure you don’t have the perfect storm of conditions for this disease to show up.
Growers Talk Business
How to Hire Mary Poppins
Art Parkerson
When's the last time you found someone capable of turning everything around with just a spoonful of sugar?
Growers Talk Production
There’s a Bug on My Plant!
Sylvia Schaap
What we really need is growers to communicate what we’re attempting with IPM to the general public.
Growing With Griffin
Biocontrol Programs & Pesticides: A Place for Both?
Rick Yates
Growers who are committed to biocontrol programs utilizing BCAs (biological control agents) have typically made a conscious decision to reduce or eliminate pesticide usage, so why even consider integrating pesticides?
GT in Brief
AFE Accepting Applications for 2018 Scholarships
Jennifer Zurko
Applications are now being accepted for more than 20 different scholarships through the American Floral Endowment (AFE).
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
Dramm Offers VideoChat Service Team: For Service and Repair
Jennifer Zurko
To help DIYers service their Dramm Sprayers, the company is now offering VideoChat with their service team to help diagnose and suggest repairs via Skype and FaceTime.
GT in Brief
Dümmen Orange Taking Applications for the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship
Jennifer Zurko
Dümmen Orange has launched the search for candidates in the second year of The Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship.
GT in Brief
GROWS No More
Ellen C. Wells
In early February, New England GROWS’ board of directors unanimously decided to end its annual trade show for the horticultural industry.
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
HRI’s Research Projects
Ellen C. Wells
The research arm of AmericanHort just announced they’ll be supporting 10 projects for a total of $232,000 for this year.
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
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Eason Horticultural Resources; MicroGrow Greenhouse Control Systems; RainSoil; Terra Nova Nurseries
GT in Brief
Segovis Fungicide Now Available in California and New York
Jennifer Zurko
Greenhouse and nursery growers in California and New York now have access to Segovis fungicide, a recent innovation from Syngenta for controlling downy mildew and Phytophthora diseases.
GT in Brief
Taiwanese Dendrobium Imports Ok’d by APHIS
Chris Beytes
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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
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.
GT in Brief
Two Industry Professionals Elected to 2018 NCNLA Board of Directors
Jennifer Zurko
At its 2018 Annual Meeting held during Green & Growin’ 18 in Greensboro, North Carolina, the membership of the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) elected two industry professionals to serve three-year terms on the NCNLA Board of Directors.
Guest Column
Meeting Demand: Forecasting to Meet Increasing Shade Tree Demand
Alec Charais
Many nursery wholesalers, landscapers and retailers have been left scrambling to find supply of material in a new market with fewer growers fulfilling larger trees.
Inside Look
One More Worry
Jennifer Zurko
We don’t mean to add stress to your already pressure-filled spring season; our goal is to keep you well-informed.
Paul Talks Perennials
Show Me Your ID
Paul Pilon
Properly identifying plant disorders is an important aspect of growing perennials.
SAF in the Lobby
SAF Members Take to Congress—and the White House—for Annual Congressional Action Days
The Society of American Florists
Nearly 100 Society of American Florists members representing all industry segments, three countries, 25 states and the District of Columbia, traveled to Washington, D.C., March 12 and 13 to meet with lawmakers and key congressional staff.
Under an Acre
Inspiration, One Plant at a Time
Anne-Marie Hardie
For some people, a life in horticulture is simply a career choice; for others-like Nancy Hart, founder of Church Creek Nursery in Johns Island, South Carolina-it's their destiny.
NEW PRODUCTS
Bellini Raspberry Lagerstroemia
Star Roses and Plants
NEW PRODUCTS
Build 900 Titan Operator Program
Argus Controls Systems Ltd.
NEW PRODUCTS
Perpetua blueberries
Bushel and Berry
NEW PRODUCTS
Pro-Mix MP Biofungicide + Mycorrhizae
Premier Tech Horticulture
NEW PRODUCTS
RootSmart
A.M.A. Plastics Ltd.
NEW PRODUCTS
Strongbox Ilex glabra
Spring Meadow Nursery Inc.