Nursery

Ever notice how nursery growers carry themselves just a little differently? There's a reason for that, and we get it. You've seen the industry evolve in ways that might have once been unimaginable, and you've survived and evolved faster, stronger, better. When you're looking to stay ahead of the curve, look here. There's information on plants, disease, governmental influences, business management, and more.

Gina Zirkle March 21 2017

Poinsettia breeders produce new cultivars like car manufacturers produce new models.  Some are slight variations of previous models; others may have radical changes.  They do it to keep customers’ interest high with the hope of increasing sales.  For similar reasons, plant breeders are constantly looking for new cultivars for all traditional floriculture crops.  I...

Jennifer Gray January 27 2017

Boxwood blight (BB) continues to spread throughout the US. The University of Illinois Plant Clinic recently announced its presence in Illinois. The clinic received two boxwood samples late 2016. Both were from northeast Illinois and were collected from recent landscape installations. USDA APHIS confirmed that both tested positive for BB. Univeristy of Illinois Extension personnel are confide...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2017. The HortScholars program is open to any student in a horticulture-related degree program, and includes students pursuing any degree level including associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD. Students wishing to apply may do so online at Am...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Overview
The purpose of the American Standard for Nursery Stock is to provide buyers and sellers of nursery stock with a common terminology in order to facilitate transactions involving nursery stock. For instance, the standards establish common techniques for (a) measuring plants, (b) specifying and stating the size of plants, (c) determining the proper&n...

AmericanHort Contributor January 04 2017

While I have worn many different horticultural hats in the last four decades, I was a landscaper for two of them. Working within the field of landscaping gives a person a special insight to the qualities of a “great” plant. Low maintenance was always a key factor in my selection of everything from annuals to shrubs to trees. Less maintenance meant more money as well as a smaller imp...

AmericanHort Contributor December 02 2016

The federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) protects agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides. The responsibility for providing WPS protections rests with the employer. Horticultural growers are most affected by WPS compared to other less-intensive agricultural producers because they have more workers performing hand-labor with pesticide-treated plan...

Marcus vandeVliet September 23 2016

Each potential project should flow through a repeatable process. The process would begin with the initial phone call and conclude with the completion of the approved project. This will dramatically improve the consistency which will lead to an improved customer experience and company profitability. A consistent project process (Figure 1) is also critical to your company’s differentiation ...

David Kuack September 07 2016

Horticultural Research Institute is working with nursery and greenhouse growers, industry consultants and state and federal department of agriculture officials to help implement a Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC).

Nursery and greenhouse growers will soon be able to participate in a voluntary certification program which should simplify and improve the inspection of...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 07 2016

There’s no question that precision agriculture has emerged as a premier tool to optimize field-level management in row crops, orchard systems, and even turf. However given the mobility of plants grown in greenhouse and nursery systems, this tool has not been readily adapted to our industry…at least not yet. Dr. Tom Fernandez at Michigan State University is working to change that.&n...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

One of the requirements to graduate with a four-year degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University is to complete a three month internship in one’s field of interest. Like many things in life, I’m given a relatively simple task…and the promptly take it to an absurd level, and then double my response. My father wasn't a huge fan of this tactic. For example as a 10-...