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GROWERTALKS - March 2024 Issue (Vol. 87 No. 11)
Acres & Acres
Traffic Jam
Chris Beytes
Are you stuck in traffic? Or are you the traffic?
Cover Story
Wandering the Winter Shows
Chris Beytes, Ellen C. Wells & Jennifer Zurko
There was so much to see and so many people to talk to at the winter trade shows, where most saw record or near-record-breaking attendance. It just goes to show that seeing new products first-hand and networking face-to-face will always be a major part of our industry. Here, we’ll cover the shows in order of when they were held.
Culture Notes
Grow a Petunia Crop That Dazzles
Stephanie Whitehouse
Production tips for growing a successful season with Surprise Sparkle Petunias from Dümmen Orange.
From Seed to Community
Grace Savage
The PHS Community Gardens Program fosters food security, cultural preservation and urban renewal.
Terrific Trade Show Prep & Follow-up
Katie Elzer-Peters
Choose just a few of these tips to implement before, during and after shows. You WILL see a higher return on your investment.
Why Did I Wait So Long? (Part 2)
Chris Beytes
Eleven more efficiency tools that seven growers are mighty glad they invested in —they only wish they’d done it sooner!
Growers Talk Business
When Opportunity Knocks, You’ve Got To Open the Door
Susie Raker
At the end of the day, one will never know if a business opportunity is worth it. But if you never take a risk, you’ll never know.
Growers Talk Production
Facing Life-or-Death Situations
Brian Groves
There isn’t a playbook for when your business faces a life-or-death situation.
GT in Brief
AFE Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced that applications are now open for 30-plus undergraduate and graduate scholarships through the online scholarship platform.
GT in Brief
And the Winner of the Gold Rose Is …
Chris Beytes
During the IPM show in January, the winner of the International Grower of the Year Award was announced: Greenwood Plants, a wholesale nursery from the UK.
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: David van Wingerden
Chris Beytes
We’re very sorry to report the passing of David van Wingerden of Green Circle Growers and Express Seed on January 15, after a 19-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was just 51.
GT in Brief
Is This the Oldest Venlo Greenhouse in Venlo?
Chris Beytes
Located on the corner of Genooyerweg and Genooyerkapelweg in the Dutch border town of Venlo, this vintage greenhouse is right next to the famous kapel of Genuuje, which dates from 1631 ... a bit earlier than this interesting edifice.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Aris Horticulture; Ball FloraPlant/Selecta One; BioWorks; Buchholz Nursery; Eason Horticultural Resources; Jiffy; Monrovia; Profile Products; Stuppy Greenhouse, Inc.; ThinkPlants
GT in Brief
Proven Winners ColorChoice Expands Offering With Hollywood Hibiscus
Jennifer Zurko
Spring Meadow Nursery announced the addition of J. Berry’s Hollywood Hibiscus to its catalog of Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs.
Guest Column
The Basil Tipping Point
Lowell Halvorson
Basil may be switching to a new standard for that Genovese taste.
Inside Look
Reporters Have Feelings, Too
Jennifer Zurko
Reporter isn’t another word for robot.
Pest Management
Getting Ready for Spotted Lanternfly in 2024
JC Chong
Since its first detection in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014, SLF has spread to 17 states.
Pest Management
Under Pressure
Broch Martindale
How to prepare for seasonal pest pressures.
Blackjack Agapanthus
Plant Development Services Inc.
BM5 Wood HP
Bridal Veil Agapanthus
Monrovia Nursery Company
Echinacea Double Scoop Deluxe
Ball Seed
BioWorks Inc.
Pace 49 Inc.