OFA Bulletin November/December 2012 : Page 1

November/December 2012 • Number 936 November/December 2012 • Number 936 Retail Trends in German Garden Centers By Alicia Rittenhouse A t the end of August I represented OFA and the U.S. horticulture industry at the International Garden Center Congress (IGCC), a five-day tour of the German garden center industry. During that short amount of time I amassed over 1,000 photos, numerous notes, and 200+ new industry colleagues. I’d like to share this experience with you, in hopes of inspiring you and connecting you to the global industry. What follows is a brief recap with a few photos. It was interesting to learn that garden centers across the world are challenged by similar issues. These include drought Your Challenges Are Global Challenges and water restrictions, marketing, capturing the attention of the next generation, and staff/ labor challenges. Although shared, the strategies to overcome these challenges varied greatly. Australian garden centers have fought to remain relevant despite 10 years of drought and water issues that have caused significant shifts in consumer spending habits. Rivers Of Yarrambat, an Australian lifestyle center, offers a health and Continued on page 6 SunPatiens: A Mildew-Resistant Alternative to Seed Impatiens By James E. Faust, Kelly Lewis, and Travis Higginbotham unPatiens ( Impatiens x hybrida ) and New Guinea ( Impatiens hawkerii ) impatiens have displayed resistance to the Downy mildew pathogen that has wreaked havoc on seed impatiens ( Impatiens walleriana ) in some landscapes in North America and Europe. Until breeders successfully incorporate resistance into seed impatiens, growers and landscapers will need to look for alternative options. SunPatiens and New Guineas both fit the bill. Growers are knowledgeable about New Guinea S impatiens production, so this article will focus on how to produce SunPatiens in the greenhouse in order to meet the demand for this crop in the future. There are three main distinctions between New Guinea impatiens and SunPatiens. First, SunPatiens can be grown cooler than New Guineas; second, SunPatiens are a faster crop; third, SunPatiens have better landscape performance in both sun and heat. Each of these distinctions will be discussed. Continued on page 8 Inside this Edition ... Retail Trends in German Garden Centers SunPatiens: A Mildew-Resistant Alternative to Seed Impatiens Plant Production Certification: Reducing Pests While Increasing Your Bottom Line Social Media Strategies for Horticultural Businesses 1 1 2 10 Reclaimed Water: Boon or Bane for Ornamental Production? A Glass Half Full: Compaction & Settling in Plug Trays Opportunities Await You 13 16 21 Successful Plants for an Unirrigated Green Roof in the Upper Midwest Next Level Water Quality Member Spotlight -Fairy Gardening Inc OFA News 22 24 29 31 OF A Bulletin This is a member benefit of OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals. 1

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