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What Caught Our Eye This Week (week 48)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Dec 2, 2016 12:15:13 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 


Keeping Our Parks Planted
As seen in GrowerTalks by Christopher J. Currey

Gary's View: Living in Colorado we are surrounded by our National Heritage of four great National Parks; Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We have had multiple trips to three of these natural wonders and never cease to wonder at the tremendous opportunity our National Parks Service provide to all of us to explore, camp, and experience the marvels of nature and history. As pointed out in the Grower Talks article “Keeping Our Parks Planted” the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year.

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

Fusarium Control in Garden Mums

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Nov 29, 2016 1:04:38 PM

Do you ever feel like you’ve done all you could and accomplished very little? I am sure you can relate to that when it comes to Fusarium control in garden mums.

Fusarium spores are very resistant to cold and drying, thus easily overwinter in flower beds and on plant debris. Most plant pathologists will tell you that sterilizing beds and eliminating all Fusarium spores is very hard and practically impossible. This is not very encouraging for growers who experienced Fusarium problems this year and are facing the possibility of infecting plants again next season. We had ideal conditions for Fusarium development this year, record breaking temperatures, high humidity and excessive moisture in some parts of the country. As a result, we had the worst Fusarium wilt outbreak on garden mums in recent years. Whether we like it or not we should assume that Fusarium will come back next year and we must develop a plan to control it. First, we need to make sure that we have correct diagnosis. Often Fusarium symptoms on garden mums could be mistaken for Pythium and that could lead to applying wrong fungicides. It is always easiest to diagnose Fusarium in early stages. Usually a single branch will turn yellow and wilt rather than the entire plant all at once like with Pythium aphanidermatum.

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What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 44)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Nov 4, 2016 10:54:14 AM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 


Pollinator Gardens—A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape

As seen in ArkansasLiving by George Weigel

Gary's View: Over the past year there has been a lot of information on the harm certain insecticides, like neonicotinoids, are doing to the bee population. However, just attacking the insecticide issue is only half of the solution. Pollinators are also suffering from a loss of their food source. In a recent article in Arkansas Living by George Weigel, Pollinator Gardens – A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape, he states clearly the importance of pollinators, “Their pollination efforts also are behind one of every three bites of food a typical American eats, accounting for some $15 billion a year in U.S. crop services, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” 

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 40 and 41)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 15, 2016 1:59:02 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 

How Global Suppliers of Unrooted Cuttings Are Working To Improve the Pipeline
As seen in GreenhouseGrower by Laura Drotleff

Gary's View: My work history as President of Fischer USA (1995 – 2007) and with Syngenta as the head of their vegetative supply chain for North America, Europe and Asia (2007 – 2012) has given me interesting insight into the requirements necessary for a consistent and reliable supply of cuttings.


The article appearing in the Oct. 13th Greenhouse Grower on, “How Global Suppliers of Unrooted Cuttings Are Working to Improve the Pipeline” points out several of the challenges cutting producers have faced, and continue to face, supplying quality, disease-free cuttings. Additional challenges continue to mount with restrictions in pesticides and easing of import restrictions on beneficial insects.

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

What Caught Our Eye This Week (Week 39)

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 2, 2016 8:47:47 AM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week. 

Organic sales up 13%, but not in all segments
As seen in GreenTalks by Jennifer Duffield White

Gary's View: Living in Boulder, CO we are well aware of the benefits of eating many products that are produced organically; many fruits, vegetables, and all meats. The costs of organic production is higher than conventional but the benefits are obvious. However, when the organic band wagon spreads to non-food crops, as the survey points out, the consumer doesn’t see the benefits of paying more. Organic production of ornamentals is difficult to justify, in my opinion, with the results of higher costs to the consumer and lower sales to the producer.

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Topics: Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, What Caught Our Eye

What Caught Our Eye This Week

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Sep 23, 2016 4:28:15 PM

Here's our recap of what was interesting and impactful in the world of hort this week.  

Greenhouse Growers Tackling Software Needs Head-On
As seen in Greenhouse Grower by Brian Sparks

Gary's View: The first thing I did as President of Fischer USA was throw out the old and install completely custom built software to ensure reliability of inventory and improve user ease. The complexities of farm production (5 farms all linked, cutting indexes, shipping and government regulations), 4 Sales offices Worldwide, Rooting Stations (production orders, verifications and shipping), multiple US Broker sales to a single ship to (volume pricing for the ship to), direct sales in Europe and drop shipping of tags (to achieve zero inventory) to name a few gave us no option for off the shelf software in 1995.

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Perennials Increasingly Pack the Flower Power of Annuals

Posted by Robin Siktberg on Jun 23, 2016 10:37:36 AM

Perennials are on the upswing again, and one of the reasons is that they display so much better at retail now. When I first got into this business, only the early spring-blooming perennials showed color. The rest were small green clumps. The clumps had lots of potential, but only knowledgeable gardeners could see it.

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Topics: Perennials, Professional Greenhouse Grower

How You Can Connect With A Broader Audience Through Webinars

Posted by Suzanne McKee on May 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

If you had the opportunity to share your product assortment and valuable growing tips with one prospective customer, you would put a considerable amount of time and thoughtfulness into what information would be most valuable to them and ensure that they walk away more knowledgeable about your products.

Now, what if you could take that same effort and reach 100 people or more?

That’s what webinars can do for your business. They can take the personal touch of a sales call and turn it into a professional and efficient sales tool with far more reach and effectiveness. The beauty of it is the customer wins, too. Often, customers don’t have time to engage in a two-hour sales call in the middle of their day, but a 45-minute webinar they can watch from the comfort of their own office offers a lot of value to them.

I certainly don’t propose that webinars should replace all personal engagements with your customers and prospects. However, they can add a tremendous advantage to your business and to the customers you serve.
Webinars offer distinction to the companies who do them right, but most importantly, they bring value to prospects and customers with educational, timely, and helpful information that will help them be successful.

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Topics: Marketing, Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center

Qualitree finds success with Ready for Retail program

Posted by Courtney Coon on Apr 13, 2016 1:32:43 PM

Long before Qualitree, launched its Ready for Retail program, Tony Van Oort and his founding partner, Gary Neels, created the company on paper as part of a college project.

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Topics: Retail Garden Center

Take Advantage of Consumer Trends at Retail

Posted by Courtney Coon on Mar 29, 2016 10:22:19 AM

If you’re able to capitalize on popular trends and meet the demands of Millennials at retail, profits are almost guaranteed and repeat business is likely.

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Topics: Retail Garden Center

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