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No-Pinch, No-PGR Coleus are a Grower’s Dream

Posted by Robin Siktberg on Dec 9, 2015 1:42:40 PM

Coleus have been attracting a lot of attention in the last few years and why not? They are eye-catching and easy to grow ­— and thanks to several new series from Terra Nova Nurseries, they are now even easier because they are bred for no-pinch, no-PGR production.

“We want them to be easy,” says Chuck Pavlich, director of new product development at Terra Nova Nurseries. “It’s the philosophy behind most of our Terra Nova plants — to be the easiest to grow at all stages: for the liner producer, the wholesale grower, the retailer, and ultimately, for the end consumer. We want our plants to be less expensive to produce because of labor costs and chemical costs. And that also makes us more likely to be picked up by more customers.”

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Topics: Annuals, Professional Greenhouse Grower

Raker Connect 2015

Posted by Gary Falkenstein on Aug 12, 2015 9:28:00 AM

The 2015 Raker Trial Gardens were exceptional this year with over 65,000 plants in comparison trial and landscape environments—all within five acres of the Raker Trial Gardens. I visited the trials on Thursday and Friday July 28 & 29 and saw firsthand one of the industry’s best venues for breeder and variety evaluation. After walking over 700 row comparison trials, 15 breeder sponsored beds, seed versus vegetative trials, row upon row of sponsored hanging basket trials, a complete New Guinea comparison hanging basket trial, and the HortCouture Garden on Thursday, I returned on Friday to pick my personal favorites.

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Topics: Annuals, Events

Pinch or not to pinch Belgian Mums?

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Jun 30, 2015 1:17:00 PM

There is only one answer to this question: do not pinch. You will simply ruin your crop by pinching. This is no longer your grandma’s garden mum which required multiple pinches to induce any branching at all. 

Today's genetics from Gediflora are all about branching. In the early vegetative stage it takes 7-8 leaves for the new shoot to develop a crown bud that will terminate its elongation and promote lateral shoots.

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Topics: Annuals, Partners

Recommendations on caring for your Belgian Mum cuttings

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Apr 23, 2015 1:03:25 PM

The garden mum season is approaching very quickly and I would like to focus a little on how to treat your rooted and unrooted cuttings after arrival. Your cuttings will be shipped overnight from Grolink in California or from one of our rooting stations throughout US and Canada. You should receive plant material that is very uniform and of highest quality. We recommend that you store your unrooted cuttings in the cooler immediately after arrival at about 40F to prevent them from overheating. 

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Topics: Annuals, Partners

Improving Your Competitive Advantage

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Nov 17, 2014 2:03:00 PM

We recently wrapped up a series on how companies in our industry can improve their competitive advantage by simplyfing your business model, utilizing the right tools, and selecting the varieties that will succeed for your programs. We picked the brains of experts across North America to get their suggestions on each of these topics and wanted to bring them all together in one place for your reference.

For the first in the series, we have input from Gary Falkenstein, President/CEO of ePlantSource and industry vet sharing his top three best practices for running a streamlined, profitable and flexible business in the ever-changing landscape of the floriculture industry.

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Topics: ePlantSource, Industry Trends, Variety Selection, Annuals, Professional Greenhouse Grower

How To Select Annual Varieties To Produce

Posted by Sara Tambascio (Guest Blogger) on Sep 12, 2014 6:57:00 AM

Plant breeders release thousands of new variety introductions and improvements every year. These hit the market on top of all the varieties already included in breeders’ product catalogs. How should growers evaluate new introductions, as well as the varieties they’re already producing for customers?

We asked Susie Raker-Zimmerman of C. Raker and Sons. Raker-Zimmerman evaluates the offerings for the young plant operation each year, and says for her, it’s a constant, year-round process. Here’s how she does it.  

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Topics: ePlantSource, Variety Selection, Annuals, Professional Greenhouse Grower

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