Adding value with cut flowers

2021-05-26T12:39:03-05:00May 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Betsy Busche of Spongetta’s Garden, working on an arrangement for Art in Bloom at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Photo by Courtney Llewellyn

by Tamara Scully

Bouquets are everywhere – in grocery stores, at florists, alongside the vegetables at the farm stand and even the gas station checkout counter. Those hoping to profitably grow and sell market bouquets (more…)

After accidentally discovering new water mold threatening Christmas trees, work continues

2021-05-26T10:52:01-05:00May 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

As Christmas trees, Fraser firs are prized for their rich color, pleasant odor and their ability to hold onto their needles. However, they’re also highly susceptible to devastating root rot diseases caused by water molds in the genus Phytophthora. There are about 170 species of Phytopthora, which can affect everything from cucurbits and fruit trees to berries and potatoes, and even firs and pines. (more…)

Trends in foliage

2021-05-26T10:45:09-05:00May 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Millennials seem especially interested in houseplants. Social media has also helped to boost houseplant popularity, with Instagram influencers marketing unique varieties and colors. Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

Nearly everyone remembers houseplants as part of the décor in their parents’ or grandparents’ homes. But houseplants are back, and stronger than ever. (more…)

Using This June to Plan for Next June

2021-05-26T10:31:14-05:00May 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

A few weeks ago I was enjoying a chat in the greenhouse of vegetable-growing friends. In April, everything is lush in the trays and full of possibilities. Conversation turned to June and my friend called it “the Abyss.” The hoopla of Mother’s Day is over, the bedding plants have been sold and they are in a waiting game for the first of summer vegetables. (more…)

Consideration for Optimal Tree Fruit Orchard Fertility

2021-05-26T10:26:51-05:00May 31, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

When you’re talking tree fruit nutrition, both soil and plant nutrients play important roles. Taking a soil sample analysis and adjusting nutrients accordingly does not translate directly into the optimum nutrient availability for fruit production and quality. Many variables play a role in how and when soil nutrients are made available in the tree, (more…)