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.

Craig Regelbrugge August 15 2017

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) maintains voluntary industry consensus standards governing tree, shrub, and other woody plant management practices. The so-called A300 standard is developed by an accredited standards developing committee of which AmericanHort is a participating member. The A300 standard is organized into 10 sections, several of which are under review and potential revi...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 15 2017

The mild winter coupled with the hot and dry weather conditions in the southeast U.S. have resulted in high populations of whitefly this summer. Vegetable and cotton producers in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida are reporting higher than normal populations earlier than normal.
 
Historically, whitefly populations are localized in the Southeast with population surges normally obs...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Just about every decision Congress makes results in someone winning and someone else losing. With Congress expected to soon pivot to some form of tax overhaul, what policies and provisions are most important to horticulture? 
 
This will be the topic of the day on August 9 as AmericanHort offers two webinars to e...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

AmericanHort has received field reports suggesting an uptick in I-9 audits in our industry, in northeast Ohio, Tennessee, and perhaps elsewhere.  Now would be a good time to double-check that your practices are in order. 

In one audit, the Department of Labor (DOL) investigator asserted that inside salespeople fell outside the definition of agriculture and were therefor...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

The nursery crop insurance program has been much cussed and discussed in recent years. Most consider the program to be challenging and burdensome, with much of the burden recurring year after year regardless of whether you have a claim.  

There is an effort underway to change that.  It started in Florida, which isn’t surprising since most buy-up coverage happens i...

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...