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Chris Beytes Editor

Editor of GrowerTalks, Green Profit magazine and the Acres Online e-newsletter, Chris has been in horticulture for over 30 years. He owned his own greenhouse - Indian River Ornamentals - in Merritt Island, Florida, after he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in horticulture. He also had a minor in Journalism, so after he and his wife Laurie sold the greenhouse business, he started writing full-time, first for local publications in Florida and then moving to the Chicago area when he began writing for GrowerTalks. He's been with Ball Publishing for 25 years now and only thinks about retirement once in a while.  

Recent Articles

Front Lines
Bower & Branch’s New Execs
Chris Beytes
Online tree and shrub (and now perennials, grasses, gift, accessories and services, too) seller Bower & Branch has just hired two new executives to help run and guide the business.
Acres & Acres
Spring 2019: Better Than the Data
Chris Beytes
Spring 2019 was the best for the U.S., and the second-best for Canada, in six seasons.
Features
The Cali Tally, Part 2
Jennifer Zurko, Paul Pilon, Ellen C. Wells & Chris Beytes
We mentioned in last month’s coverage of the annuals and edibles we saw at the California Spring Trials that it was a quiet year for introductions, but there was still enough to talk about with regard to exciting and interesting new perennials, shrubs and potted plants.
GT in Brief
Plantpeddler Adds Hort Couture Liners
Chris Beytes
Hort Couture has just announced that you’ll now be able to get their vegetative liners through Plantpeddler, the young plant producer in Cresco, Iowa, owned by Mike and Rachel Gooder.
Inside Look
New Formulation for Ancora Insecticide
Chris Beytes
OHP announced a key formulation change to its Ancora Microbial Insecticide, designed to make spray applications easier in a greenhouse or nursery.
GT in Brief
Philips Offers Easy Conversion from HPS to LED
Chris Beytes
Signify (formerly Philips) has a new GreenPower LED Toplighting Compact light that makes switching from high-pressure sodium to LED easier than ever.
GT in Brief
Sakata Goes Into the Potting Mix Business
Chris Beytes
Seeing how you can’t grow plants without potting soil (putting hydroponics aside, of course), perhaps it makes sense that Sakata Seed America has just announced a strategic alliance with Floragard Vertriebs, a 100-year-old German specialist in professional and hobbyist potting mixes and garden soils.
GT in Brief
Syngenta Acquires Cyclamen Breeding
Chris Beytes
Syngenta has added to its cyclamen offering by acquiring the full line (11 series) from Dutch breeder Varinova, run by Bart Kuiker and Marga Janus.
GT in Brief
PanAm Acquires Celosia Breeding
Chris Beytes
Long a distributor of Celex’s varieties of celosia, both cuts and bedding, PanAmerican Seed has decided to buy their full assortment, along with the breeding programs.
GT in Brief
Rancho Tissue Adds Hemp to Lineup
Chris Beytes
Rancho Tissue Technologies (RTT) announced entry into the hemp and hemp/CBD markets.
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