Poinsettia is still the largest seasonal flowering crop, though overall production has decreased by 30 per cent in recent years.
Before getting into what’s “trending” with perennials, let’s ensure we’re all talking the same language.
This article picks up where we left off in July. Please refer to last month’s issue for the introductory notes (pg 12) either in the print edition or online at
The unveiling of the 2013 Exceptionnelles® winning plant selections is a much-anticipated event by professionals in the horticultural industry and amateur gardeners.
The California Spring Trials, in reality, is a showcase event by breeders.
Dec. 18, 2012, Urbana, IL — Succulents make great houseplants, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
Even though it was a very hot summer, most of the 2000 varieties performed very well and the heat-loving varieties provided a very rewarding show for visitors to the 12th annual Sawaya Gardens ­­Container Trials.
A perennial plant (Latin per, “through”, annus, “year”) is a plant that lives for more than two years.1 However, geographical location should play a role in this definition.
A new petunia has been developed at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre that can survive without water for longer than traditional petunias.
The major production decisions for the poinsettia crop should have been made between propagation and the start of short days.
Use a combination of good cultural practices, regular monitoring  and early intervention with biologicals
As mentioned in Part One in this series, the main business of plants we grow for our sustenance is to take carbon dioxide from the air
I have often wondered whether growers truly understand the real business they are in.
Sunlight and Day Length Control: The poinsettia crop should receive as much sunlight as possible. Adequate spacing, clean glazing, and nothing overhead are important for the growth and quality of poinsettias.
Things are definitely looking up for those in the industry seeking niche growth opportunities.

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