GROWERTALKS - April 2019 Issue (Vol. 82 No. 12)
Acres & Acres
The One Thing I’d Do (Three, Actually)
Chris Beytes
If I still had my greenhouse business, here’s what I’d do to ensure that it’s successful.
Cover Story
The Bane of Boxwoods
Jennifer Zurko
Two major issues—including a new one possibly looming over the horizon—have been keeping researchers busy, and growers and landscapers anxious.
Culture Notes
No-Risk Color for the Shade
Lisa Lacy
New Beacon Impatiens have high resistance to Impatiens Downy Mildew.
Features
Getting Rid of Rose Rosette Disease
Jennifer Zurko
An update on how researchers and breeders are trying to manage and mitigate the virus that has significantly impacted the rose market.
Features
Keeping Your Herbs Under Control
Christopher J. Currey
This fifth article in our series discusses how to control growth in your herb crop.
Features
LEDs: Blue & Far-Red Light
Yujin Park & Erik Runkle­
Part three of this series highlights research on how blue and far-red light interact to influence seedlings grown in fully controlled environments, from a collaboration between Michigan State University and the American Floral Endowment.
Features
The Latest Information on a Hitchhiking Pest
Allison Westbrook
Back in April, we featured a new pest on the scene: the Spotted Lanternfly. While much is still being discovered about it, here’s an update on what has been found out since our last feature.
Growers Talk Business
Take Me to Your Weeder
Art Parkerson
The higher up in management you go, the more you realize that weeds aren’t only in the field.
Growers Talk Production
The Winds of Change
Sylvia Dekker
Even if a change is intimidating, the best way to approach it is with enthusiasm.
Growing With Griffin
The Microbes Move In
Karen Stever
A compelling case for biological fungicides.
GT in Brief
AIPH Yearbook Available
Chris Beytes
Some of you out there have not just a city or state or region as your territory, but the entire globe. If that sounds like you, you’ll want to invest in the book “International Statistics—Flowers and Plants 2018."
GT in Brief
Dramm Partners with Vifra to Offer Humidity Management
Jennifer Zurko
Dramm announced that it’s partnering with Vifra, the specialists in humidity management, to offer solutions to North American customers.
GT in Brief
Farwest Show Calls for Entries for 2019 New Varieties Showcase
Jennifer Zurko
The 2019 Farwest Show is accepting submissions of new plant introductions for the upcoming New Varieties Showcase.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: John “Jake” Jost
Chris Beytes
John “Jake” Jost, patriarch of Jost Greenhouses, passed away in Des Peres, Missouri in February. He was 88.
GT in Brief
New AFE Research Application Process for 2019
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment’s (AFE) Research Committee announced a new research funding process and a revised application for 2019.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Bailey; Ball Seed; BioSafe; Henry F. Michell; Nexus/RBI Greenhouses; Pleasant View Gardens
GT in Brief
Proven Winners Partners with Classic Caladiums
Chris Beytes
Proven Winners is once again expanding its assortment by adding caladiums from breeder and producer Classic Caladiums, which was co-founded by breeder and tissue culture expert Bob Hartmann in 2000 with the late Harry Hollander.
GT in Brief
Purdue Develops Possible Roundup Alternative
Chris Beytes
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a herbicide compound they say is effective against weeds while being safe for people and the environment.
GT in Brief
Rack ’em Up
Chris Beytes
Eight thousand shiny new shipping racks await the onslaught of spring at South Central Growers in Springfield, Tennessee.
GT in Brief
Save the Date: Darwin Perennials Day
Jennifer Zurko
Dozens of new varieties from Darwin Perennials and Kieft Seed will again be on display at Darwin Perennials Day—this year, it will be held on Wednesday, June 19.
GT in Brief
Save the Date: PPA Symposium & AAS/NGB Summit
Chris Beytes
PPA’s National Symposium is July 28 to August 2, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Confer-ence Center.
GT in Brief
SePRO Brings in Strategic Investor
Chris Beytes
SePRO Corporation announced a partnership with Excellere Partners, who’ve made a “strategic investment” in the company.
GT in Brief
Syngenta Partners with Post-Harvest Expert OptiFreeze
Chris Beytes
As an industry, we talk a lot about post-harvest life of flowers, especially cuts and potted plants. But what about technology to extend the life of unrooted cuttings and young plants?
GT in Brief
Your Chance to Tour Dutch Greenhouses
Chris Beytes
Would you love the opportunity to visit some of those fantastic Dutch greenhouse operations, but don’t have the nerves or wherewithal to plan and execute your own tour? Well, now you can do a tour and leave the driving to FloraCulture International (FCI) magazine.
Inside Look
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Jennifer Zurko
When Chris Truesdale (our Very Excellent Creative Director) and I were looking for images for this month’s cover story, I immediately thought of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
JZ on D.C.
Do I look infected …?
Jennifer Zurko
Welcome to our new expanded section that will include news, views, commentary and event coverage about the goings-on in our government. Our goal is to keep you informed about the policies and legislation that directly affect our industry.
Paul Talks Perennials
Something Bugging You? Then Get Bugs!
Paul Pilon
Many growers are effectively managing their pests using beneficial insects.
Pest Management
Building a Successful IPM Program
Aaron Palmateer
Basic steps to making sure you check all of the pest management boxes.
Pest Management
Root Mealybug: What You Don’t See is Hurting Your Plants
Stanton Gill, Brian Kunkel, Chuck Schuster, Suzanne Klick & Rachel Ross
The sub-terrain feeding of root mealybug, usually found feeding on plant roots, goes unnoticed by many growers.
Under an Acre
Everything is Coming Up Tulips
Anne-Marie Hardie
Holland Greenhouses in Monroe Township, New Jersey, has become much more than a wholesaler of tulips, but a company that’s become a true advocate for this diverse bulb throughout the United States.