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Proven Profits January 2013

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Four Trends to Watch in 2013

Tom SmithFour Star Greenhouse President Tom Smith shares the key trends he sees changing the industry in 2013

The “Fiscal Cliff” crisis has been averted, we’re midway into January, and the growing season is in full swing.  This seemed to be the perfect time to ask Tom Smith, Four Star Greenhouse President, to gaze into his crystal ball and share his thoughts on trends we’ll see in 2013.

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Best Practices

Become Proactive with Downy Mildew Issues


Most growers are well aware of the emergence of Downy Mildew as a threat to Impatiens walleriana varieties, especially since the outbreak has now been documented in more than 30 states. This popular species has been a landscape staple for years.

Our growers are concerned about it as much as we all are at Four Star, because we grow quite a bit of the Rockapulco® Impatiens in our greenhouses. Lately, when growers ask me what my thoughts are about the problem, I say my thoughts haven't changed much from previous years. I feel that Downy Mildew has always been a big concern in general and with recent mass publications regarding it affecting Impatiens in the landscape like it is, we're even more focused on it.

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Impatiens Alternatives Offer Advantages


Because many consumers are not aware of the problem of Downy Mildew on Impatiens walleriana, we will continue to produce these plants under a strict regime of cultural and preventative practices.

But many other homeowners and landscape professionals will be looking for alternative bedding plants for shade gardens that offer outstanding performance. These alternatives offer a couple of advantages:  new varieties, colors and growth habits for landscapes, and higher potential retail prices.

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