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US: Container growers can get ahead with 'Second Spring'

As finished container growers know, this business has a unique set of challenges. At Van Belle, they understand because they’re growers too. "We try our best to plan and predict sales, but reality is seldom as we expected", Kevin Cramer of Van Belle points out."This concern was tackled when we engineered.....

Harris Seeds launches blog for vegetable & flower growers

Harris Seeds has launched a new blog, “From the Ground Up” to provide helpful growing advice, cultural tips and techniques as well as inspiration for vegetable and flower growers, operators of farms, roadside stands, greenhouses and farmers’ markets. Its primary objective is to share valuable and relevant.....

Integrate worm farming into your greenhouse operation

As an organic greenhouse grower, you’re probably passionate about using only natural methods, and without all those chemicals. You have natural pest repelling methods in place for your structure, and you most likely use natural fertilizers (like compost tea) to nourish your plants. Above all else, though,.....

Development and evaluation of diploid and polyploid Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos L. is an herbaceous hibiscus native to eastern North America that has been a popular landscape and container plant exhibiting large and colorful flowers in the summer. However, unsightly fruit develop and remain on the stalks at the end of the blooming season, which greatly decreases the.....

US: Ornamental horticulture survey helps set research priorities

The IR-4 Project's Ornamental Horticulture Program helps provide safe and effective pest management solutions for greenhouse, nursery, landscape, Christmas tree, and forestry producers.This program works with growers, researchers, registrants, and regulatory agencies to facilitate new product registrations,.....

Increased daylight utilization in Alstroemeria

The use of infrared-reflective diffuse coatings results in a lesser need for ventilation during summer and thus a fewer loss of CO2 from the greenhouse. A saving of 20% C02 seems realistic to the researchers.During a vast number of hours in spring, summer and autumn, Alstroemeria utilizes the natural.....

UK: Narcissus Crop Walkers' Guide available on AHDB app

The Narcissus guide is now available on the Crop Walkers' Guide app. Narcissus growers can encounter a range of problems that can impact on both the quality and yield of flowers and bulbs unless they are identified and dealt with. Often, such problems are linked to pests and diseases, but a range of.....

"High time for high-tech farming in Vietnam"

The Government will focus on technology-based agriculture to resolve problems like the lack of value-added products for export, the low competitiveness of Vietnamese farm produce in world markets and inconsistency in quality.Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong speaks to Vietnam News.....

New ASCFG book

Postharvest Handling of Cut Flowers and Greens

The ASCFG announces the publication of an original book, and the reprint of another popular volume. Both are of interest to commercial growers, florists, nursery people, botanical gardens and arboreta, extension educators, researchers, and instructors.Postharvest Handling of Cut Flowers and GreensThe.....

WaterPulse totals 10 million square feet installed

WaterPulse has reached the milestone of 10 million square feet of WaterPulse capillary watering mats installed in greenhouses, nurseries, garden centers and indoor growing operations in North America. 10 million square feet of mats equates to over 230 acres and would cover over 200 football fields. In linear.....

Tyne Moulds and Machinery 50 years and still going strong

Tyne Moulds and Machinery has been in the horticultural business for 50 years. Half a century is something to be proud of, and they are celebrating by launching a living wall system that they will present at the Cultivate'17 in Columbus Ohio, USA. We spoke to James Sword, UK Sales and Marketing Manager,.....

UK: Narcissus leaf scorch, smoulder and white mould

Smoulder and white mould are the most common and damaging foliar diseases affecting commercial narcissus production in England and Scotland.AHDB-funded research has provided information on the biology of the diseases, as well as helping to produce guidelines for their effective management.Smoulder is a.....

e-GRO Alert by W. Garrett Owen, Josh Henry, and Brian E. Whipker

Nutritional monitoring in marigolds

Marigolds require a low to medium level of fertility at 100 to 200 ppm N. The optimal pH range is between 5.8 to 6.2. This will avoid low substrate pH induced iron and manganese toxicities which occurs if the pH drifts lower than 5.5. Substrate pH values above 6.5 can also inhibit iron availability.by W......

In vitro culture of Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’

In a new study, the procedure for Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’ propagation was investigated, which involves shoot regeneration, rooting of regenerated shoots, and acclimation of regenerated plantlets.Petioles, as explants, were cultured on MS medium supplemented with 1-naphthylacetic acid (NAA),.....