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Home Gardeners are Motivated But Still Need Guidance from Experts

Posted on: September 23rd, 2020

Few industries have not been impacted by the Covid19 pandemic of 2020 in one way or another. For the horticultural industry, we’ve seen a resurgence of home gardeners. With many still fairly isolated to their homes for work and even schooling, families are heading out for a reprieve to enjoy the natural world right outside their back…

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Sustainable Gardening is About Making Responsible Choices

Posted on: September 18th, 2020

The word “sustainable” is one of those buzz words currently being attached to everything from clothing, to energy, to coffee, and yes, even gardening. So what does sustainable gardening really mean? According to Chris McLaughlin of Fine Gardening, “Sustainable gardening is a term that has no technical definition. It’s the concept of using gardening practices…

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Interest in Sustainability Increases Among Consumers During Pandemic

Posted on: September 18th, 2020

Few industries have not experienced an impact from Covid19 in one way or another. For the horticultural industry, we’ve seen a resurgence of the home gardener and an interest in sustainability. With many still fairly isolated to their homes, families are heading out to enjoy the natural world right outside their back door. In turn, they’re using…

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Greenhouse Supplies After You Know What You Want to Grow

Posted on: September 4th, 2020

Greenhouse gardening is an incredibly popular technique – especially for those living in colder climates. But it’s more than just getting a shiny new structure installed. You’ll need greenhouse supplies before you can even begin to think about cultivation. There are many benefits to growing crops in greenhouses, including: A consistent, more reliable crop A…

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Cannabis Trellising is a Popular Way to Increase Yield

Posted on: August 28th, 2020

Cannabis trellising is becoming a popular new alternative to traditional growing in containers, yet many growers are still unsure of its application. Cannabis trellising uses framed screens or netting which typically has a latticed pattern evenly spaced throughout. The main benefit of using trellising is to maximize your available growing area, using every square inch…

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Black Plastic Nursery Pots – Size Makes a Difference

Posted on: August 24th, 2020

Containers are the backbone of nursery growers. A black plastic nursery pot may seem ordinary and rudimentary in its design, but it provides a place where plants are propagated, grown and ultimately supplied for gardens, forestry, conservation biology and agriculture. Nurseries often grow small trees, shrubs and other herbaceous plants in containerfields. There, hundreds if…

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Consumer Spending is High Now but is Cautioned for 2021

Posted on: August 12th, 2020

During AmericanHort’s recent State of the Industry address during CultivateVirtual in July 2020, the leading national association for the green industry covered many topics not surprisingly related to COVID-19. One obvious and positive highlight focused on consumer spending and the “record year” the industry is having as a result. Through June 21 (week 25), the…

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Growth of the Horticultural Industry Shows Importance of Digital Marketing

Posted on: August 12th, 2020

The growth of the horticultural industry has been tremendous during COVID-19. This comes as many other industries have sadly experienced significant losses as they try to adjust to the unexpected changes in consumer behavior and increased governmental regulations. There are few statistical studies in existence on the growth of the horticultural industry as it pertains…

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Automation Friendly Containers are Critical in Getting the Job Done

Posted on: August 10th, 2020

Labor shortages continue to remain an issue in the horticulture industry, and automation-friendly containers are looked upon as the solution. Many greenhouses and nurseries are turning towards contract employees to fill the labor void. But while they provide the physical assistance required in the operation, they often have no or very limited industry experience and…

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Several Factors Influence Monrovia’s Choice of Plastic Growing Containers

Posted on: July 30th, 2020

This article appears in the August 2020 edition of Nursery Management magazine. Monrovia uses plastic growing containers from The HC Companies for general ornamental crops, anything from perennials to conifers, trees to roses. Ron Kinney, production resource planning manager with Monrovia in Oregon, says there are several factors that determine whether a container would meet…

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