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Posted on: July 10, 2018 by
Propagating unrooted cuttings is a combination of both science and art. If you've ever wondered if it's something you should try, continue reading... The answer all depends on how comfortable you feel with attempting the process. To help you make that decision, here is a guide on how to propagate soft annuals. ... Read More
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Posted on: January 12, 2017 by
The business model that had worked so well for decades could not remain the same. The plant grew and flourished. The foliage was thick, but the roots were still constricted. According to co-owner Mick, "In order to serve our customers we desperately needed to transition from a single decision maker to a decentralized leadership model. Not only for our physical, spiritual and emotional health but for the quality of the product that our customers need to succeed." ... Read More
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Posted on: September 21, 2016 by
One of the most useful aspects of having a quick-turn plant is that it puts product on your shelves. The simple truth is, you can't sell it if you don't have it. Putting a nice 2-inch pot with a cactus or succulent near the cash register is likely to produce some easy sales. Keeping the product small and your cost low means you can lower the price, the customer is happy, and you keep a healthy margin. We all know that you aren't going to get rich selling 2-inch pots for a few bucks at a time, but it all adds up over time. ... Read More
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Posted on: September 8, 2016 by
We're waging war against pests, viruses and disease. It's a daily fight at our greenhouse, and it takes intentionality on every level, from the grower who monitors stock and plans for its care, to the research director who experiments with new ways to propagate clean stock, to the daily hands who take cuttings with sanitized blades. ... Read More
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Posted on: May 28, 2016 by
Social media has the power to consume or create your resources. It is not a quick and easy job. It is a long, time-consuming, 365-day-a-year task. It takes a lot of thought and detailed planning, but the results are totally worth it. So how do you effectively utilize social media? Here are six ways: ... Read More
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Posted on: May 16, 2016 by
If you're like me, you'll find reaching goals to be a challenge because you're just too busy. Between business, family, personal fitness, community activities, and hobbies, there's just too much to keep up with. The business alone can have multiple pressing needs: higher sales, continuing education, lower turnover, changing team culture, etc. Setting goals in too many areas at one time can be overwhelming, and it's a sure‐fire way to reach few, if any of them. ... Read More
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Posted on: May 5, 2016 by
I don't know about you, but as a small business owner, I often feel myself trapped in the "little brother" complex. I crave to get bigger, to "grow up," to be like the big players that I see in the industry. You may see us a big place, but here is a dirty little secret: we all want to be bigger. Someone once asked Warren Buffet, who is worth $66.7 Billion, how much money is enough money? His response, "Just a little more." We all want to be bigger, no matter our size. ... Read More
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Posted on: May 2, 2016 by
Are you looking to make this summer more profitable than last? As greenhouse growers, we know that business slows way down during the summer. In our experience, the most effective way to use your summer is to prepare for the future and add new products to your offering. Here are product examples and growing tips to maximize your summer. ... Read More