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GROWERTALKS - August 2021 Issue (Vol. 85 No. 4)
Acres & Acres
“Network or Not Work”
Chris Beytes
If you’re there, live and in person, face-to-face with the folks who have what you want, you have the best chance of getting it.
Cover Story
A Walk on the Woodies Side
Matthew Chappell
Trends and new introductions for the latest shrubs and trees.
10 Ways to Improve Weed Control in the Landscape
Dr. Chris Marble
And reduce maintenance costs while you’re at it!
Perennials First
Chris Beytes, Bill Calkins, Paul Pilon & Jennifer Zurko
What? No annuals? Just perennials in our California Trials coverage? That’s almost sacrilegious! Well, worry not, we are simply changing up the order of our coverage this year—much like the Trial hosts did when they moved the annual event from spring to summer. Annuals will take center stage next month.
The Best Perennials for Fall
Laura Robles
When we talk about “shoulder seasons” to extend plant sales, we should also include perennials in the conversation. So many of them allow for multiple uses, and mature into colors and textures that offer fall and early winter interest.
Using Growth Regulators Wisely
Joyce Latimer
Building a PGR program for herbaceous perennials.
Growers Talk Business
Basic Driving
Art Parkerson
I’ve been thinking about what my sales manager Jason learned from driving with his son because right now I feel like I’m supposed to be a fortune teller, but I can’t see the future.
Growers Talk Production
What’s “Normal” for the Houseplant Industry?
Austin Bryant
To try and answer that question, I can only share pre-COVID knowledge completely excluding 2020 as the outlier.
GT in Brief
BFG Adds Structure Company to Portfolio
Chris Beytes
Horticultural supplies distributor BFG Supply has acquired DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing Ltd., a manufacturer of greenhouse structures and related components.
GT in Brief
Diamantina Dipladenia/Mandevilla Moves to Florensis & Ball Horticultural Company
Jennifer Zurko
Florensis and Ball Horticultural Company have acquired the dipladenia/mandevilla breeding program from the French company D.H.M. Innovation(DHMI) as of June 2021.
GT in Brief
Dramm Breaks Ground for New HQ
Chris Beytes
Congrats to The Dramm Corporation on the groundbreaking for their new headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
GT in Brief
Floriculture Sales Up, Foliage Way Up, Florida #1, Says USDA
Dr. Marvin Miller
A quick first analysis of the just-released 2020 Floriculture Crops Summary, with a more in-depth analysis coming soon.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: A.M.A. Founder Allen Monsma
Chris Beytes
A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. announced the passing of company founder Allen (Eelke) Monsma. Allen died suddenly yet peacefully on June 10.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Juan St. Amant
Chris Beytes
Juan St. Amant, the retired “Face of Plug Connection,” passed away Sunday, June 13, at his home in Vista, California. He was just 63.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Russell Weiss
Chris Beytes
It’s sad to lose anyone in the industry, but when an icon like Russell Weiss passes, it almost feels like the end of an era.
GT in Brief
Learn Costing and Profitability Online!
Chris Beytes
The University of Florida IFAS Extension Greenhouse Training online courses program has added Costing and Profitability to its curriculum.
GT in Brief
Live and In-Person at Cultivate’21
Chris Beytes
Attendees explore the trade show at Cultivate’21 in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time since the 2019 event.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
BioWorks, Inc.; Dramm Corporation; Eason Horticultural Resources; Must Have Perennials; Mycorrhizal Applications; Pleasant View Gardens; Syngenta Flowers
GT in Brief
Signify’s New Partner
Jennifer Polanz
Signify recently announced it has a new partner in Hortipar, a Dutch-based company that operates mainly in North America, Eastern Europe and the Netherlands.
Inside Look
Playing the Perennials Game
Jennifer Zurko
During the last 10 years or so, I’ve turned my perennial gardens into a game of sorts.
JZ on D.C.
Dealing With Labor Issues Post-COVID & Beyond
Jennifer Zurko
Among the large breadth of educational sessions during AmericanHort’s Cultivate’21 event in July, there were a couple that focused on advocacy and government affairs.
Paul's Pointers
Weeds and Liverwort and Nostoc, Oh My!
Paul Pilon
As cumbersome as they may be, weeds can be managed and don’t have to take over the facilities year after year.
Pest Management
Redheaded Flea Beetles: An Invasive Native
Brian Kunkel
Redheaded flea beetles are probably shipped from one nursery to another accidentally in the root balls of various plants, and have become a prevalent pest in the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions during the past decade.
Under an Acre
Shedding Light on Indoor Orchid Growing
Anne-Marie Hardie
It may look like a typical warehouse, but inside the doors of High Desert Orchids in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is 2,000 sq. ft. of beautiful blooming orchids.
19th Edition of the Ball RedBook
Ball Publishing
Ball FloraPlant
Mycorrhizal Applications
Finale XL T&O Herbicide
SF-100 Steam Generator
Sioux Corporation
Soul Fire
Plants Nouveau LLC