GROWERTALKS - March 2020 Issue (Vol. 83 No. 11)
Acres & Acres
Five Human Needs (and How We Can Meet Them)
Chris Beytes
It may not be as easy to put these trends to work as selling plants in Classic Blue pots, but the end results may be much deeper, more profound and longer lasting.
Corr on Cannabis
Of Mice and Men … and Competing with the Black Market
Dr. Brian Corr
Best-laid plans have resulted in economic disincentive for legal production of marijuana in many locations. And locations that have made legal marijuana uncompetitive against the black market have the opportunity to get it right when regulations are revised.
Cover Story
Best of the Best From the Winter Shows
Chris Beytes & Jennifer Zurko
January was a busy month for our editorial staff, as a bunch of us were traveling here and abroad to attend the larger trade shows. Here, we’ll cover highlights from IPM Essen and MANTS.
A Quality System for Growing Quality Plants
Bill Calkins
ErfGoed plant cultivation floors show signs of success in North America.
Approaching Plant Health Systematically
Jennifer Zurko
An update on current phytosanitary certifications and why you should care about them.
Chasing pH in Wood Substrates
Jake C. Hudgins & Dr. Brian E. Jackson
This is the fourth article in a five-part series highlighting data from research trials aimed at understanding pre-plant substrate pH modification in substrates containing wood fiber.
JC Chong
A look back at pesticides introduced in 2019.
Labor of Love
Allison Westbrook
Powers’ Country Gardens, a half-acre retail operation located in the heart of Long Island, is projected to reach $1 million in sales by 2021—which is especially impressive, as the owners had never been in the plant business before. We sat down with Corinne Dodge to find out how she’s injecting life into her garden center and making the business a success.
Start Clean. Stay Clean.
Bill Calkins
It’s very important to have a solid sanitation protocol in place at your greenhouse—for human safety, plant safety and for the safety of your business.
Survey Says
Todd Davis
Despite technology, consumers still rely on tags for gardening information.
Growers Talk Business
Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck
Bill Swanekamp
How Kube-Pak adapted it’s new transplanter to work for their production needs.
Growers Talk Production
Looking Forward to the First Spring
Roger McGaughey
A new greenhouse with new infrastructure will always involve a learning curve.
Growing With Griffin
A Greenhouse Game Changer
Rick Yates
Introducing the Bluelab 3-in-1 Pulse Meter.
GT in Brief
A.M.A. Celebrates Over One Billion Ellepots Sold
Jennifer Zurko
A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. has achieved a major milestone, producing and selling more than one billion Ellepots.
GT in Brief
AFE Announces Garcia Family Scholarship Fund
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced a new scholarship fund created thanks to generous contributions from The Garcia Family, coming just in time for the 2020 scholarship application season.
GT in Brief
Apply Now for AFE Educational Grants
Jennifer Zurko
Educational grants help fund programs that are wide-reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges, and focus on attracting young people to the industry.
GT in Brief
Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship Recipient Named
Jennifer Zurko
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) has recognized Nicholas Dzurenda as the 2019 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship recipient.
GT in Brief
Farwest Show Calls for Entries for 2020 New Varieties Showcase
Jennifer Zurko
The 2020 Farwest Show is now accepting submissions of new plant introductions for the upcoming New Varieties Showcase, sponsored by Hip Labels.
GT in Brief
Front Range Biosciences and Griffin Partner to Distribute Hemp
Jennifer Zurko
Front Range Biosciences (FRB)—a technology provider for the breeding and production of new plant varieties and seeds in hemp, coffee and regulated cannabis industries—and Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc. announced a sales and distribution partnership for hemp plants and hemp seeds.
GT in Brief
Going 100% WaterWick
Chris Beytes
After two years of in-house testing, Karma Plants will be the first large-scale greenhouse on the planet to grow 100% of its crops using WaterWicks.
GT in Brief
New Internship Search Tool Connects Students to Practical Job Experience
Jennifer Zurko
Seed Your Future launched its new free online Horticulture Careers Internship Search Tool to help students find internships across the broad diversity of the horticulture profession.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Ball Seed; Hoffman Nursery
GT in Brief
Registration Open for Cultivate’20
Jennifer Zurko
AmericanHort’s Cultivate’20 is to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from July 11-14, 2020.
GT in Brief
Syngenta Flowers to Sell HI Breeding Hydrangeas in NA
Jennifer Zurko
Syngenta Flowers and HI Breeding BV announced a new agreement where Syngenta Flowers will exclusively market and sell HI Breeding Hydrangea varieties in the United States and Canada.
Guest Column
Opioids Are a Problem in the Green Industry
Jack Payne
Opioid abuse isn’t just a nursery and landscape problem; it infects every corner of society.
Inside Look
The Trade Show Tango
Jennifer Zurko
I’ve been thinking of how to compare the whirlwind process of attending a trade show to something and that’s when I thought of it as a sort of dance.
JZ on D.C.
Final WOTUS Rule Out
Jennifer Zurko
On January 23, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers released a new rule defining the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and clarifying federal authority under the Clean Water Act.
Pest Management
Bacillus-based Biopesticides
A. R. Chase
The fact that these are living organisms makes their full benefits dependent on more factors than use of a conventional fungicide or bactericide.
Under an Acre
Embracing Their Unique Brand
Anne-Marie Hardie
Carolina Home and Garden in Newport, North Carolina, has defined itself as an entertainment destination, using their retail space to showcase beautiful plants and products. Developing this strong identity involved an extensive journey, which Brian Watson began four decades ago.
Young Voices
Incredible Secrets About Interning in the U.S.
Jane Kapenda
A student from Zambia tells us about her internship at Kendall Farms in California.
Arize Element L1000
Hort Americas LLC
Chemical Containers Inc.
GrowSpan’s Traditional Venlo Greenhouse
Growers Supply Inc.
Petite Knock Out Rose
Star Roses and Plants
Steam-Flo Steam Generator
Sioux Corporation
Thrive Landscape Solutions
Ball Seed