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Strong academic abilities and practical work experience are important to employers of horticulture graduates. In greatest demand are students with competent personal and leadership abilities and technical skills. Increased class size and increased university core curriculum requirements hinder our capacity to develop these added skills within our curriculum. However, through extracurricular offerings we can offer students ways to develop skills that are not fully expressed in the academic arena. Student interaction in the traditional horticulture club requires practicing interpersonal relation and often conflict resolution skills. Students learn to work as a team to accomplish goals that they have set for themselves as a group. The Associate¥ Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) Student Career Days experience offers a highly effective means for reinforcing cognitive skills gained in the classroom and laboratory, as well as supplementing academic learning opportunities with technical activities beyond those offered in the curriculum.

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Compared to majors in agriculture as a whole, horticulture students were more likely to be female, to have a feeling that women have a place in agriculture, to have a higher grade point average, to come from larger high schools, to have transferred from another 4-year college, and to have changed majors. Horticulture students were less likely to have a farm background, to have parents with a farm background, to have farm work experience, and to have been primarily influenced by their parents on choice of major. Both groups had the same positive perception of agriculture as a career and both were financed during college by their parents.

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Photinia Χ fraseri Dress (Fraser Photinia) plants were dug and burlapped in the morning and afternoon during midsummer with or without previous irrigation or antitranspirant treatment (di-1-p methene = Vapor Gard). Plants were shipped for one day, held for 2 weeks under lath, and then planted. Moisture stress, indicated by shoot water potential, was monitored throughout the study and survival was rated in September. Use of the antitranspirant and morning digging reduced moisture stress of plants. Morning-dug plants had 80% or greater survival even without irrigation. Afternoon digging gave low survival with or without irrigation but afternoon digging plus Vapor Gard gave 100% survival.

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Gardenia jasminoides Ellis and Ilex crenata Thunb. ‘Compacta’ were field-grown with 4 irrigation rates based on 0%, 25%, 50%, and 100% replacement of net evaporation from a class A pan. Irrigated gardenia were larger than nonirrigated gardenia, and those grown with 50% and 100% replacement of net evaporation had greater total root growth than nonirrigated plants. Root number, root dry weight, and fibrous root number in a 20-cm rootball were generally greater with irrigated plants than nonirrigated plants. Ilex crenata shoot growth was greater also with irrigation versus nonirrigation. Based on this data, 25% replacement of net evaporation resulted in plants of both species being similar to higher irrigation rates.

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In field production of nursery stock, plant losses may occur after digging but before plants leave the nursery, thereby reducing profitability. Although little information is available, it appears this plant loss may result from moisture stress induced by root pruning at digging and subsequent handling procedures (2, 3). To ensure adequate roots in the rootball, most nurserymen dig root-balls in accordance with the American Standard for Nursery Stock (ASNS) (1), which allows for increasing rootball size with increased shoot growth.

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Seed geraniums (Pelargonium × hortorum Bailey `Scarlet Elite') were grown in 10-cm pots in a 1 pine bark : 3 peat moss : 1 perlite medium from 18 March until 5 May 1993. Plants received Osmocote 14N-6.1P-12.5K and either conventional overhead (CO), drip (DI), or subirrigation (SI). Subirrigation produced greater shoot and root dry weights than CO or DI. Plants grown using DI produced fewer branches than plants grown using CO or SI. Plants receiving SI reached anthesis before plants receiving CO or DI. Method of irrigation had no influence on total root, soil, or leachate N, but SI did increase total shoot N.

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Two experiments were conducted to determine if one-year-old field-grown Cornus florida L. seedlings could be transplanted successfully after leafing out. Survivability was improved with 100% defoliation at the time of planting. Vapor Gard used as a shoot dip and a whole plant dip had little positive effect. Root dips of a starch-based polymer and a peat and water slurry were not beneficial.

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This study was conducted to determine the influence of production methods on the growth of container grown flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). The production practices were: full sun, 40% white shade cloth, 40% black shade cloth, and pot-in-pot. The cultivars studied were: cv. `Welch's Junior Miss', cv. `Barton's White', cv. `Weaver's White', and cv. `Welch's Bay Beauty'. The one variety used was pink. Height and caliper data was collected. Plants grown under white shade cloth had the highest overall height and caliper growth, followed by black shade cloth, full sun, and the pot-in-pot production method. The cultivar `Weaver's White' had the highest overall height and caliper growth and the variety pink had the least, regardless of treatment. The remaining cultivars had similar growth regardless of treatment.

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We compared service quality perceptions and expectations for consumers from five traditional garden centers (TGC) and three nontraditional garden center outlets (NTO) in Charlotte, N.C., in 1995. NTO and TGC customers had very similar expectations of service quality from their respective retailers. However, TGC customers perceived that their retailer better met their overall expectations. Service quality gaps, the difference between customer perceptions and expectations, were identified for both types of outlets for four of five service quality dimensions. Both TGC and NTO customers ranked assurance and responsiveness as the most important service quality dimensions. Empathy was more important than reliability to TGC customers. This order was reversed for NTO customers. Both sets of customers ranked tangibles as the least important service quality dimension.

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The unprecedented, yet sustained, growth of undergraduate enrollment in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University can be attributed to many factors, including an increased industry demand for horticulture graduates nationwide. Perhaps the basis of some of Auburn's growth, while appearing to be unique, may be of value in other programs. This paper chronicles the growth of the Auburn Department of Horticulture undergraduate program and highlights some of the traditional teaching methods employed within the department as well as some unique methods that contribute to the program. The paper offers ideas and practices that may be beneficial to other horticulture programs and may encourage teaching faculty at other institutions to publish similar departmental profiles that may prove beneficial to colleagues.

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