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by Brian E. Whipker, Josh Henry & Hunter Landis

Upper leaf tip necrosis - Water stress or calcium?

The most common cause of necrotic leaf tip burn of hydrangeas is drought stress. In contrast, tip burn of the youngest leaves has been linked to an environmentally induced calcium (Ca) deficiency. Distinguishing between these two disorders is discussed in this Alert.written by Brian Whipker (professor of.....

Casey Hartnett, Choki:

The potential of value added flower farming on Island of Flores

Even though this Portuguese island is named the Island of Flores, logistical problems make it challenging to create a fresh cut industry. However, Casey Hartnett sees opportunities for the flower industry anyhow. "We can create high value added floral products and attract high end tourism." The Island of.....

March 31

US: Scientists to discuss latest research at UNH Macfarlane Research Greenhouses

Researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station will discuss their latest research at the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses at a Research “Field Day” Friday, March 31. The event, which will be held as part of the UNH Spring Greenhouse Open House, runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. It is free and open to the.....

More awareness for environmentally friendly production practices in Southeast Asia

The Cameron Highlands is home to a large concentration of greenhouse companies which have a big impact on the local environment. Think about runoff of irrigation water, discharge of nitrogen and spoilage of other chemicals and fertilisers which end up in the surface water. In order to reduce the use of.....

Illumicent LED modules for Dutch tulip grower Niels Kreuk

Dynamic lighting lifts multi-layer tulip cultivation to next level

Multi-layer cultivation with tulips has been on the rise for some years. It offers easily imaginable advantages such as less floor space and energy savings, but also creates new challenges. The search for the correct lighting is one of the main challenges.That also was the starting point of a recently.....

India: Flower cultivation provides alternate income source in hill villages

Cultivation of flowers in hill villages emerging as alternative source of income, may help stem migration, claim experts.Over 500 families in almost 10 villages of Uttarkashi have taken to flower farming- mainly chrysanthemum and lilium- as part of a project initiated by the Dehradun-based Himalayan Action.....

Ornamental agronomic programs help growers plan ahead

Syngenta launched a new online resource for greenhouse and nursery growers containing rotation and agronomic programs for a variety of crops. The programs were developed for common and problematic insects and diseases, including downy mildew, Botrytis and powdery mildew, as well as aphids, whiteflies and.....

by W. Garrett Owen

Ornamental sweetpotato intumescence: a physiological disorder

Sporadic green bumps and clusters of translucent or white wart-like lesions were recently observed among veins of dark-leaf ornamental sweetpotato vines. These abnormalities growing on the leaf surface are a result of a physiological disorder, intumescence.by W. Garrett Owen (Michigan State University) -.....

Bumblebees make flowers grow bigger and smell sweeter

Gardeners have long known the importance of bees for pollination, but the insects can also help flowers grow bigger and smell more fragrant, scientists have discovered.Swiss researchers found that plants evolve differently depending on the insect which is pollinating them.Tests on a type of cabbage species.....

Bart Duijvesteijn, Van den Bos

"Trading bulbs with Iran is fantastic"

"Last week I visited my customers in Iran. This country has many good flower growers and many of them grow lily bulbs."These are the words (translated from Dutch) of Bart Duijvesteijn, account manager of Van den Bos Flowerbulbs for the Netherlands and Southeast Asia. In the article below he talks about his.....

Enthusiasm sets tone during first international short course:

Modest, but growing group of Indian farmers show interest in protected agriculture

While currently still modest, India has a lot of potential to advance its protected agriculture industry. This also became clear during a recent Greenhouse Technical Management course that was given in Pune to an enthusiastic group of students last week. A group of 35 attendees traveled from all over.....

How does Harmony of the Seas maintains its 12,000 plants?

VIDEO Winding along walkways and climbing up two living walls, the 12,000 plants and trees are undeniably the stars of Harmony of the Seas’ Central Park. But hidden below is an intricate system of irrigation, fertilization, lighting and drainage that keeps the foliage green and beautiful. In partnership with the.....

GrowIt! launches plant/garden Q&A community

GrowIt! launched two years ago as a community where members could share their favorite plant photos. People added hundreds of thousands of photos, and new gardeners were able to find plants that would work in their specific locations.Still, the community wanted more. They loved how much plant information.....

Learn the latest about lighting

VIDEO Helping growers learn about the latest advancements in supplemental, photoperiodic, and sole-source horticulture lighting and making the best decisions for their plants and business.Learn from Michigan State University (MSU) leading lighting experts and researchers Erik Runkle, PhD, and Roberto Lopez, PhD,.....