Crops

February 2017 – Ontario growers who thought 2015 was a good year for the crop had a very pleasant surprise last fall, thanks to perfect weather conditions, excellent cuttings and minimal pest pressures. Retailers, too, were in a most festive mood.
Nov. 11, 2016 – Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs have received Direct Gardening Association (DGA) awards for Purple Pillar™ Rose of Sharon hibiscus and Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea.
November 2016 – This year featured a much warmer than usual summer, by far the hottest summer I have seen since we first hosted the Sawaya Garden Trials 16 years ago.
Sept. 19, 2016, College Station, TX – The U.S. cut flower industry all but wilted over the past 20 years, but much of the loss stems from lack of progress that could blossom under more university research, according to Jim Daly, keynoter at the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture lecture at Texas A&M University.
Aug. 23, 2016 – Cultivate’16 is horticulture’s largest all-industry convention and trade show in North America, featuring more than 120 educational sessions and an eight-acre trade show.
July 25, 2016, Simcoe, Ont. – Wonder what caught the eye of veteran horticulturist Brad McMillan of JVK who toured the Sawaya Garden Trials this past week?Here’s pictorial overview of his visit, with a number of  his favourites. 1/ Betty bacopa 1/ Betty bacopa 2/ Calypha 2/ Calypha 3/ Candy Kisses 3/ Candy Kisses 4/ Amore 4/ Amore 5/ Mega Charms 5/ Mega Charms 6/ Evi Bright Pink 6/ Evi Bright Pink 7/ Flora Frisia Mandevillea 7/ Flora Frisia Mandevillea 8/ Grandstand Blue Bicolor 8/ Grandstand Blue Bicolor 9/ Saucy Coral 9/ Saucy Coral 10/ Mangave Pineapple Express 10/ Mangave Pineapple Express 11/ Bright Lights Yellow 11/ Bright Lights Yellow 12/ Megawatt 12/ Megawatt 13/ Pansiola 13/ Pansiola 14/ Picnic White Improved 14/ Picnic White Improved 15/ Power Daisy 15/ Power Daisy 16/ Pinto Orange Bicolour 16/ Pinto Orange Bicolour 17/ Trend geranium 17/ Trend geranium 18/ Razzle Dazzle.jpg 18/ Razzle Dazzle.jpg   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.greenhousecanada.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=45&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriafc4db27b21 (You’ll remember his reports from this year’s California Spring Trials, posted to our archives.)1/ Think bacopa can’t last through the heat of summer? Some varieties can, and the Betty Series from Greenfuse appears to be one of the better ones. In this photo, take a guess which ones are in the Betty Series. Pretty impressive, given the heat and sun in southern Ontario this summer!2/ Hort Couture has a reputation for unique plants. This is a good example of Copperhead Acalypha.3/ Candy Kisses Hemizigia. This is another unique plant available from Hort Couture and Raker. You just can’t miss it. It obviously loves the sun and heat, that doesn’t seem to have affected the colour-pattern on the foliage, at all. Looks great all by itself!4/ Danziger’s new Amore Series Fiesta petunia – just, wow! Unique flower pattern with heart-shapes, and lots of colour and great vigour.5 / As I wandered down the aisle of bidens, I saw a few groups of visitors in a row stop and comment – “I really like this one!” Many breeders have made improvements in their bidens in the last few years, and here’s a terrific example from Danziger of what “new” genetics can deliver – Mega Charm.6/ Beekenkamp has great genetics in their begonia breeding program, what with Waterfall Series, Encanto and Beauvilia sub-series, but they also have other terrific sun and heat-loving varieties like this one – Evi. Look at the size, habit and flower power. Just simply beautiful. Vermillion Red is also a terrific colour in this group, as is Glory Lemon (yes, a good yellow, sun-loving begonia). Thanks, Beekenkamp!7/ Here’s a beautiful example of one of Frisia Flora’s line of mandevillea – Siesta. Covered in blooms with more coming on!8/ This is a beautiful specimen of Greenfuse’s Grandstand Blue Bicolour Salvia.9/ Saucy Coral Salvia is a terrific variety and colour, available from the breeders at Kientzler.10/ Here’s a heat-loving mangave from Walters Gardens called Pineapple Express. Very nice colour and texture. I was admiring this plant with a grower from Lakefield, Ontario. We may have had differing ideas as to the correct pronunciation of the plant name – mangave. Regardless, a beautiful, southern-looking plant.11/ Many growers have given up on osteospermum for the summer. It’s been very hot in southern Ontario this summer, but Proven Winner’s Bright Lights Yellow Osteospermum looks terrific, despite the heat!12/ Everyone loves large, glossy-leaved begonias, and PanAm’s new Megawatt series has performed beautifully at the Sawaya Trials this summer. Big, beefy plants with gorgeous foliage and an abundance of blooms have made these one of my favourite new introductions of 2016.13/ People just don’t believe me when I tell them that Proven Winner’s newish Pansiola Series will actually keep its blooms in summer heat, and even thrive. Here’s proof. All the colours looked great, but Quartz is my favourite. I was discussing this with Ed Sobkowich, of Sobkowich Greenhouses in Grimsby, and John Gaydos, one of the top people at PW. They said the same thing. No one believes the summer performance of Pansiola.14/ Some growers bemoan the high number of petunia series available these days. Well, when you see a stunning example like this – Syngenta’s Picnic White, a small-flowered type – it still makes you appreciate the flower power of a good, new-fashioned petunia.15/ This is an example of new genetics in calendula, Kientzler’s Power Daisy. Beautiful, bountiful yellow blooms that hold up in extreme heat.16/ I watched several people linger and admire this specimen of Syngenta’s Pinto Series seed geraniums. Orange Bicolor literally stopped people in their tracks.17/ This is just a terrific example of Trend Red geranium, grown by Schenck Farms & Greenhouses. Covered in blooms, with a nice habit.18/ UltraGrow does a beautiful job with bougainvillea. Here’s a nice example of Razzle Dazzle Red.Brad McMillan is the territory manager of North, Central and Eastern‎ Ontario‎ for JVK, one of Canada’s leading suppliers to the horticulture industry. JVK is based in St. Catharines, Ontario, but provides sales, customer care‎ and logistics services across all of Canada. The corporate website and webstore is at www.jvk.net.
Feb. 23, 2017, London, U.K – A fruit and vegetable intake above five-a-day shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.
Feb. 17, 2017 – Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is launching its annual “Always in Season” winter cucumber program today.
Dec. 19, 2016, Leamington, Ont. – Brothers Duffy and Jordan Kniaziew along with head grower Steve Stasko of Orangeline FarmsTM/Zing! Healthy FoodsTM have been awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for their strawberries.
Dec. 15, 2016, Saint-Felicien, Que. – Toundra Greenhouse management, accompanied by the premier of Quebec and several officials and partners, officially opened the greenhouse complex destined to become the largest in Quebec.
July 28, 2016, Leamington, Ont. – Zing! European Runner Bean ready to go the distance.
March 2016 — With the highest per capita immigration rate in the world, Canada’s produce consumption is continually evolving.
April 13, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. – One of Canada’s largest marijuana companies is preparing for big news out of Ottawa later today.
March 23, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has announced the licensing of additional facilities at its flagship Smiths Falls campus, including new grow rooms that will increase flowering space by 50 per cent.
March 9, 2017, Whistler, B.C. – Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp (WMMC), Canada’s only 100 per cent certified organic producer of medical cannabis licensed under Health Canada’s Access to Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), is preparing for a 65,000-square-foot expansion.
March 7, 2017, Vancouver – Future Harvest Development Ltd. has generated $1.578 million in revenue for the eight months ending Feb. 28, 2017, with a gross margin of $807,846, representing a 51 per cent gross margin compared to the same period in the prior year gross margin of $617,779, and a 39.6 per cent margin.
Feb. 22, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has completed an intensive process of sourcing a diverse genetic seed bank and legally importing it into Canada.
Jan. 24, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Aphria Inc. is proceeding with a $137 million capital project, known internally as Part Four expansion.
February 2017 – In a similar article last year, a number of visitors’ favourites from an open house at the container trials at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) were presented.
Aug. 31, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — “PixieTM Grape, a versatile indoor/outdoor grapevine, is a must-have edible ornamental and we want to share it with the world,” said Chandra Bierhuizen, sales/marketing manager at Sunrise Greenhouses located in Vineland.
Dec. 18, 2014, West Chicago — PanAmerican Seed is celebrating a 2015 All-America Selections national award for Herb Basil Dolce Fresca. This win continues the company’s national recognition for high-quality vegetable and herb breeding.
The California Spring Trials, in reality, is a showcase by breeders – that is why I like calling it The California Showcase.
In the first Inside View column (which incidentally was this very same July issue back in 2007!) we discussed the many ways growers can keep up to date
Delegates to last year’s Ohio Short Course in Columbus had the chance to view the spacious Ohio State University Trial Gardens. Leading our tour was trials manager Lindsay Pangborn. Included were field, container, shade and hanging basket trials. Some 650 cultivars from 24 companies were featured.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Greening up Ontario highways Ontario highways will soon look greener thanks to research conducted at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) in partnership with Landscape Ontario, local nurseries and horticultural suppliers.
April 14, 2009 — Proven Winners® ColorChoice® will be a sponsor of the popular TV show GardenSMART this spring.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT PW Shrubs sponsoring PBS GardenSMART Proven Winners ColorChoice will be a sponsor of the popular TV show GardenSMART this spring.

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