Category Archives: The Business of Horticulture

The Business of Horticulture blog explores the business world of horticulture, from the front office through the greenhouse and beyond. We discuss current trends that affect horticulture, such as human resources (overtime rules, immigration reform, ACA), business processes, and technology.

Be kind to your software partner: Schedule year end projects now

The fiscal year of 2018 has ended for many companies but the calendar year of 2018 is moving right along. This means while some companies are finally taking a deep breath, others are getting ready for the rush for the final three months of the year. This is especially true… Read more »

Hurricane season reminds companies to protect assets, data

Last week, Hurricane Florence slowly made its way through North Carolina and South Carolina. While she wreaked havoc on the coast, she also made a mess in the Piedmont where Practical Software Solutions is located. While the Carolinas aren’t in the hurricane cross hairs as much as other parts of… Read more »

Plug And Cutting Conference canceled, may be rescheduled

This morning, AmericanHort announced it canceled the 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 17-19 in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to Shanan Atkinson, the trade show manager for AmericanHort, the threat of Hurricane Florence will likely cause not only travel issues, but also flooding is… Read more »

AmericanHort keeping eyes on Hurricane Florence, Carolinas

Yesterday morning, AmericanHort sent out an e-mail to their 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference to say they’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Florence. In its 2 p.m. Eastern advisory on Tuesday, the National Weather Service reports Hurricane Florence, category 4 storm, is located about 845 miles east southeast of Cape… Read more »

Smaller conferences are great for growers

That gust of wind you feel at the beginning of summertime is growers in the horticulture industry finally getting a chance to breathe after a strenuous spring. It’s one of the reasons why the Cultivate trade show in July is so popular: It’s like a harvest festival after the spring… Read more »

Charlotte plays host to 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference

At Practical Software Solutions, we try to maintain a dignified, even-keeled temperament when it comes to reporting on events in which we participate. That all goes out the window when the event is in our backyard, like the 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference. AmericanHort will host the 2018 Plug &… Read more »

Stories from Cultivate’18: Labor, technology dominate

Once again, the early birds got the worms at Cultivate’18. Every year, the No. 1 horticulture conference in the country starts its days with programs that provided great in-depth conversations about the industry. This year was no exception. For example, while AmericanHort discussed retail trends and plant benefits during its… Read more »

Learn about cyber threats and software at Cultivate’18

Last week, Greg Lafferty and I put finishing touches on his presentation for Cultivate’18, “3 Cyber Threats That Will Destroy Your Business” (Monday, July 16, 2:30-2:50 p.m., Knowledge Center). While we were working, Greg mentioned his friend, a cyber security expert, asked why we were doing this presentation. This isn’t… Read more »

Birthday surprise: Cultivate’18 app adds to show experience

Having a birthday on June 27 is pretty sweet. It’s  six months away from Christmas. You share a birthday with Helen Keller and Captain Kangaroo. But it also means that Cultivate’18 is less than three weeks away, so it’s crunch time for exhibitors like us. As I was visiting the… Read more »

GPN 40 Under 40 nod helps us grow in horticulture industry

A few weeks ago, we were proud to find out that our own sales executive Dylan Fulk was named to the GPN (Greenhouse Product News) 40 Under 40 list for 2018. The GPN 40 Under 40 recognizes 40 outstanding members of the horticulture industry who are younger than 40. And… Read more »