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Signs of an improving economy

Click here Signs of an improving economyThere’s evidence that the economy really is picking up

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The NEW USDA Hardiness Zone Map Has Arrived!

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OK, so after some anticipation, it’s here; what does that mean?  The latest map seems to be a much needed improvement over the 1990 version, taking into account much more weather data as well as topographic land features which aided USDA researchers and scientist in creating a much more useful tool for the nation’s farmers, […]

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Lomandra: Up and Coming Plant

Thanks to Pacific Nurseries for shining some light on Lomandra and even mentioning a few of the Tuffy varieties by name… good on ya!  Click link below: Lomandra: Up and Coming Plant

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TUFFY Spotlight: Lomandra Katie Belles

Katie Belles with L. Isabella - Ozbreed trial garden - 10.09

Browse any H&G magazine or simply walk into your local garden center and you will, no doubt, encounter an ever-expanding palette of new plant “selections”, “cultivars”, “hybrids” or whatever (I’ll explore these terms and they’re meaning in a later post).  You see these in almost every species imaginable: a new series of Hydrangea, heat tolerant […]

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Breakthrough Made in Drought Tolerance

Breakthrough made in drought tolerance… University of California Riverside discovery creates new blueprint for engineering drought-tolerant crops From Nursery Management Magazine:  Click here

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GreenhouseGrower.com Article: Your 2012 Sales Expectations

http://www.greenhousegrower.com/news/index.php?storyid=5126

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GreenhouseGrower.com Article: A Look Back On 2011 Sales

http://www.greenhousegrower.com/news/index.php?storyid=5125

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USDA Considers Boxwood Import Restrictions

From Craig Regelbrugge at ANLA: USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service informally indicated to ANLA that they have been intercepting several quarantine pests, notably pathogens, on imports of boxwood (Buxus spp.) from various countries. They are exploring restricting Buxus imports worldwide unless and until risk assessments are conducted and appropriate mitigation measures are put […]

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GreenhouseGrower.com Article: Danny Takao’s National Promotion Idea

If you have any ties to the horticulture industry, this is worth a read.  Sure, the question (debate, more like it) of a national campaign has come up a few times before but now, more than ever, there is a huge grower response to participate in such a Program. The recent conversation was sparked by […]

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USDA Launches New Plant Import Regulations

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Uncle Sam is at it again… imposing more restrictions that could greatly impact the US horticulture industry and the global exchange of genetics.  Although, in his defense, I think there is good intent… In mid 2009, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) launched an initiative to create a third category of regulated […]

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