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GROWERTALKS - October 2022 Issue (Vol. 86 No. 6)
Acres & Acres
Take This Job … and Promote It!
Chris Beytes
Everyone should jump on board and support Seed Your Future’s efforts to bring some much-needed publicity to the job and career opportunities we offer.
Cover Story
Do These Things Now
Christopher J. Currey
Improve efficiency by reducing inputs.
Culture Notes
Fun House Petunia Culture
Dr. Alicain Carlson & Dr. Mary Lewis
Fun House Petunia is a collection of petunias where novelty and performance collide to make better retail programs.
Culture Notes
Kitchen Minis Tabletop Vegetables: A Growing Guide
Carsten Leth
Producing the best-quality, edible potted vegetables for retail.
Avoiding Caladium Conundrums
Roberto Lopez, Caleb Spall & Nathan Durussel
The first article of a two-part series discusses how to grow a better caladium crop with air, substrate and irrigation water temperature management.
Ellepot at Retail? These Growers Say Yes!
Chris Beytes
Growers seeking to gain efficiency, reduce input costs and produce novel products are finding success with the Danish paper pot technology known as Ellepots. Here are three examples.
Heating in Your Winter Greenhouse
Patrick Mahoney
Energy-efficient tips for the winter grower.
Lessons Learned in Automation
Jonathan Pedersen
When it comes to incorporating new technologies into your business, there are many important questions to ask and a few techniques to learn.
The Dynamics of Growing Media
Bill Calkins
Data collected and diagnosed by testing, sampling and analysis leads to accurate and efficient solutions to your soil challenges.
When Using Your Land Doesn’t Go As Planned
Matt Sturzen
How your county’s planning and zoning laws can affect whether you can expand or not.
Growers Talk Business
The Dump Pile: What’s in Yours?
Amy Morris
We all know we have a pile, but do we all know what’s in it?
Growers Talk Production
When Crop Disaster Strikes
Albert Grimm
There’s no learning experience quite like watching a crop go sour.
GT in Brief
A Grand Expand
Jennifer Zurko & Chris Beytes
Two years ago, Johannes “JP” Pieterse and Brent Troost made the switch from wholesale only to grower-retailer when they purchased Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery in Crystal Lake, Illinois. They must have really enjoyed the past two years because they’ve purchased a second retail location, Shady Hill Gardens in Elburn.
GT in Brief
ASHS Meets in Chicago
Nathan Jahnke
The American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) hosted their annual conference in Chicago July 30 through August 3. Almost 1,000 people attended.
GT in Brief
Bayer Environmental Science to Sell and Become Envu
Chris Beytes
Bayer’s Environmental Science Professional business will become Envu as a standalone company, contingent on the successful close of the acquisition of the business by private equity firm Cinven.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Len Busch
Chris Beytes
Leonard S. “Len” Busch, founder of Len Busch Roses, died August 22 at the age of 90.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Signify; Vivero North America
GT in Brief
Seville Farms to Sell After Losing Key Customer
Chris Beytes
Seville Farms, based in Mansfield, Texas, is up for sale after nearly 30 years in business.
GT in Brief
Sidney B. Meadows Fund Awards $26,000 in Scholarships
Matthew Chappell
This scholarship, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), announced the names of 13 students from seven universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year.
GT in Brief
Tech On Demand Earns ASHS Award!
Chris Beytes
The Tech On Demand initiative of Ball Seed and Ball Publishing was awarded ASHS’s 2022 Outstanding Education Materials Award—Multimedia.
GT in Brief
Two Notable Industry Retirements
Chris Beytes
Robert Bowden is retiring after nearly 30 years as the Executive Director of Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida. Dr. James Klett has announced his retirement from teaching at Colorado State University, where he's been on the faculty for more than 40 years.
GT in Brief
Valent BioSciences Announces Significant R&D Investments
Chris Beytes
Valent BioSciences LLC, the subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical of Tokyo, has announced significant investments at several of its key research and development facilities aimed at increasing their innovations in biorational and biostimulant products.
Inside Look
I Didn’t Write This Efficiently
Jennifer Zurko
If you continue to put off the things you need to do now, in the end you achieve very little. And that’s the opposite of being efficient, right?
JZ on D.C.
New Climate, Health Care & Tax Law Includes Boosts for Agriculture
Jennifer Zurko
In August, President Biden signed to enact the climate, health care and tax law known as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
Paul's Pointers
Keeping an Open Mind
Paul Pilon
Keep an open mind for both your professional and personal life when hearing new ideas, evaluating problems or when entering unfamiliar territory.
Pest Management
Common Insect Problems on Tropical Houseplants
Dr. Aaron Palmateer
The key to success is to start with clean plants and to create an environment for them to thrive.
Under an Acre
An Homage to Holland
Anne-Marie Hardie
Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, Michigan, has expanded into a beautiful park and heritage site where visitors can experience a taste of Dutch architecture, floriculture and horticulture.
10.00 Roman Saucerless Hanging Basket
The HC Companies
BotaniGard 22WP Mycoinsecticide
Certis Biologicals
Dual Atrium
Endless Summer Pop Star Hydrangea
Bailey Nurseries Inc.
Solarscape Series
PanAmerican Seed
Surfinia XXL
Suntory Flowers