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STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply – including but not limited to retail garden centers, nurseries and landscape professionals. Hosted by Ball Seed’s Bill Calkins, each episode will feature a guest sharing timely and relevant horticulture ideas, innovations and technology, as well as current greenhouse industry topics and news – practical information for greenhouse professionals.

STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply – including but not limited to retail garden centers, nurseries and landscape professionals. Hosted by Ball Seed’s Bill Calkins, each episode will feature a guest sharing timely and relevant horticulture ideas, innovations and technology, as well as current greenhouse industry topics and news – practical information for greenhouse professionals.
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STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply – including but not limited to retail garden centers, nurseries and landscape professionals. Hosted by Ball Seed’s Bill Calkins, each episode will feature a guest sharing timely and relevant horticulture ideas, innovations and technology, as well as current greenhouse industry topics and news – practical information for greenhouse professionals.

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English


Episodes

Seed Your Future: Join the Movement!

9/14/2018
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Susan Yoder is executive director of Seed Your Future, an organization that’s working hard to engage the next generations of horticulture professionals. In this episode we’ll discuss current programs and future strategies to promote our industry and the passionate people that make it strong and relevant.

Duration:00:43:02

Poinsettia Selection & Production

8/30/2018
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With decades of experience, Gary Vollmer has a passion for poinsettias. Our discussion is equal parts history lesson, poinsettia selection and development insight and hardcore production tips and tricks. You’re going to love it!

Duration:00:45:31

Grow More & Grow Better with LEDs

8/15/2018
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In this episode we are lucky to be joined by Jason Grimmett, Key Account Manager for Philips Lighting. LED technology is all the talk these days and I know for a fact growers have a lot of questions about this new lighting option.

Duration:00:41:38

Demystifying Perennial Production

8/1/2018
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Perennials experts Leland Toering and Chris Fifo share best practices, tips & tricks, favorite varieties and pitfalls to avoid in this episode completely dedicated to perennials. From reasons behind current market growth and recent breeding breakthroughs to where the perennials industry is heading, these guys cover the market from all angles.

Duration:00:41:51

38 Stolen Retail Ideas

7/16/2018
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Take these 38 Stolen Retail Ideas for what they are – ideas meant to inspire creativity and fresh approaches. We’re entering a new era of retail – driven by an emerging massive customer base! I trust at least one of these ideas (and hopefully more) will resonate with you or your customers. The best way to vet out what will work and what won’t, is to share as many of these ideas as you can with your team and generate discussion. Let me know your thoughts. I’m always happy to talk retail!

Duration:00:23:27

Secrets of a Winning Product Launch

7/2/2018
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The guest for this 11th episode of STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros is Kris Carlsson. Kris has a background is growing at the wholesale level before coming to Ball FloraPlant, working at Chico Propagators in California growing an A to Z assortment annuals, perennials and a full line of flowering foliage for nurseries and wholesale florists.

Duration:00:42:03

Wave: Past, Present & Future

6/13/2018
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Our guest for the tenth episode of STEM is Scott Rusch, the Product Development Director at PanAmerican Seed. Our topic is Wave – a fascinating history lesson, current grower, retailer and consumer solutions and what to expect in the near future from what I consider the top annual product brand in our industry.

Duration:00:49:47

Today’s Vegetable Breeding: Trendy & Delicious

5/30/2018
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We explore the latest vegetable breeding touching on the industry’s top sellers (tomatoes and peppers), current and future direction, the importance of earliness and disease resistance and even dig into the unique needs of home gardeners and fresh market farmers with PanAmerican Seed’s veggie expert, Josh Kirschenbaum.

Duration:00:42:40

What Today’s Shopper Wants

5/15/2018
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The cofounders of GrowIt!, Seth Reed and Mason Day, share insights into the wants and needs of today’s lawn and garden shopper with a focus on the under-35 demographic. GrowIt! is a “from the industry, for the industry” social gardening app, strategy for garden centers and botanic gardens and much more.

Duration:00:42:56

New Innovations for 2019 & Beyond

5/1/2018
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Jim Kennedy, National Sales Manager for Ball Seed joins STEM to share his favorite new varieties for 2019, tips for identifying viable innovations and thoughts on the direction of plant breeding today and in the near future.

Duration:00:31:24

Selling to Different Tribes

4/13/2018
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Bill Calkins is the host and guest of this episode of STEM identifying different tribes of likeminded shoppers and offering tips for how to attract and inspire them.

Duration:00:31:19

Plant Breeding: From Concept to Commercial

3/28/2018
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Dr. Laura Masor, a plant breeder for Ball FloraPlant joins STEM to explain the product pipeline from conceptualization, research, breeding and trialing to commercialization in floriculture.

Duration:00:40:54

Perennials: The Retail Color Bridge

3/13/2018
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Greg Soles, a Product Representative with Darwin Perennials and a true advocate for perennial plants joins STEM to talk about crop scheduling and new breeding that result in profit during shoulder seasons using fresh, flowering perennials.

Duration:00:34:06

Executing Your Plan with Priority and Timeliness

3/1/2018
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Jason Twaddell, Territory Manager with Ball FloraPlant, joins STEM to talk about everything you need to consider from planning to shipping a crop of annuals so you hit critical dates. Reduce shrink and maximize profitability by executing at all stages of production.

Duration:00:34:43

Getting Off to a Great Start

2/15/2018
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Dr. Todd Cavins, Ball Seed Technical Services, joins STEM to talk about proper care and handling of young plants – specifically plugs and liners. Todd begins by discussing reasons to start with young plants versus seed or unrooted cuttings and the benefits of buying in plugs and liners. He then digs into some of the common challenges the technical services team runs into each Spring and some specific tips and tricks for receiving young plants.

Duration:00:29:06

Drama in the Garden

2/5/2018
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Dr. Marvin Miller (industry legend, Ball Seed market research manager, economist and trend spotter) joins us to talk about a strategy for greenhouse growers to consider producing more Jumbo Packs and 1801 sized material to meet the new needs of today’s younger shoppers and homeowners. Dr. Miller walks us through the demand from a statistical (and anecdotal) perspective, as well as pointing out how the economics are positive for growers.

Duration:00:31:27