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Richard O. Kelly, Zhanao Deng, and Brent K. Harbaugh

Petunia is considered to be the first cultivated bedding plant. It is the product of complex breeding begun in the 19th century that used two South American species with white ( Petunia axillaris ) and purple flowers ( Petunia integrifolia

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Kristian Borch, Kathleen M. Brown, and Jonathan P. Lynch

by Bedding Plants Foundation, Inc., and the Danish Academy of Science. We thank Kai L. Nielsen, Carl-Otto Ottosen, and David Beattie for valuable comments.

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Nicole L. Waterland, Craig A. Campbell, John J. Finer, and Michelle L. Jones

Floriculture crops represent a $4.2 billion industry in the United States with bedding plants accounting for ≈44% of their total wholesale value ( USDA, 2009 ). In the last 17 years, there has been a change in the retailing of floriculture crops

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Candice A. Shoemaker and William H. Carlson

the Western Michigan Bedding Plant Growers Assn. We express our appreciation to the Ball Seed Co. for the donation of seed. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regulations, this paper

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Genhua Niu, Denise S. Rodriguez, and Terri Starman

with saline water were most affected during the hottest and driest periods of summer ( Fox et al., 2005 ; Niu et al., 2007 ). As more low-quality water is used for landscape irrigation, demand for salt-tolerant bedding plants will increase in arid

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Michelle A. Grabowski and Dean K. Malvick

et al., 2006 ; Strauss and Dillard, 2009 ). Annual bedding plants are widely used and highly valued in landscapes in private homes, public parks, and around commercial properties. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Statistics Service

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Lyn A. Gettys and William T. Haller

avoid damage to nontarget ornamental and bedding plant species. Irrigation restrictions for herbicides applied to water have two components. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) establishes acceptable concentrations or tolerances of

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Madeline W. Olberg and Roberto G. Lopez

Typical annual bedding plant production in northern latitudes (≥40°N) occurs from midwinter to spring in heated greenhouses. Unfortunately, greenhouse heating can account for 10% to 30% of operating costs for these greenhouse operations ( Lopez and

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Krishna S. Nemali and Marc W van Iersel

agricultural water use ( Lea-Cox and Ross, 2001 ). To comply with new regulations, it has become important to optimize water use in greenhouse production in the United States. Bedding plants are among the most important greenhouse crops in the United States ( U

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Stephanie E. Burnett and Lois Berg Stack

primarily on organic food. However, because consumers consider organic production to be environmentally safer than conventional production, they may be interested in purchasing nonedible crops such as bedding plants and cut flowers. This may represent a new