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US: Poinsettia production at the University of Hawaii

The annual Poinsettia Sale is a long standing tradition, historically organized by the undergraduate Horticulture Society. In 2016, the TPSS Graduate Student Organization (GSO), in collaboration with the Hort Society, revived student growing of the poinsettias (instead of purchasing from local.....
webinar, December 19

Choosing and using propagation media

Join Dr. Vijay Rapaka during his “Choosing and Using Propagation Media” webinar. He’ll be discussing three different types of propagation media: engineered media or “foam” (such as Rootcubes); stabilized media or “paper plugs” (like Fertiss); and bonded media or “glue plugs” (such as Terra Plugs). Vijay will.....

India, Israel to open centre for floriculture in Tamil Nadu

India and Israel are coming together to set up a centre for excellence in floriculture at Thally in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu.The centre, the first agro-technology development centre to be set up with Israel’s assistance in the State, would be officially inaugurated on Thursday. Gil Haskel, head of.....

Australia: NGIA hosts free workshops at National Conference

NGIA's 2018 National Conference is featuring three informative workshops. These workshops are included in the concurrent program and are an opportunity for more in depth learning.Tuesday 20 FebruaryPresented by Dr Alistair Gracie & Dr David Monckton, University of Tasmania11.00am Horticultural.....

CCFC creates interactive map

US (CA): Flower farms threatened by fires

The US flower basket is being threatened by the Thomas Fire in Southern California, a fire that has already consumed 96,000 acres and is rapidly expanding due to winds and dry conditions.The fire is burning close to nearly two dozen flower farms in the Carpinteria Valley, known as “the flower basket of the.....

Crop imager could enable automatic response to stressed plants

Researchers have developed a new imaging system that is designed to monitor the health of crops in the field or greenhouse. The new technology could one day save farmers significant money and time by enabling intelligent agricultural equipment that automatically provides plants with water or nutrients at the.....

US: 'Bible of propagation texts' gets update

Growers, students and professors use this textbook across the world, and now a UF/IFAS environmental horticulture professor has helped write the new edition of what those in the industry and academia consider the Bible of propagation texts.Sandra Wilson is now the fifth author in the nearly 60-year history.....

India: "Protected cultivation could double farmers’ incomes"

Agriculture in India is in crisis. Even in irrigated northwestern states, the dominant paddy-wheat cropping pattern is under strain due to plateauing yields and rising production costs. Some farmers have diversified into vegetable cultivation and floriculture. But their efforts have been stymied by.....

"It’s time to put cactus on the menu"

Cactus pear should be considered as a valuable asset, especially for food and livestock feed in dryland areas. FAO gathered experts on the hardy plant to pool their knowledge in a bid to help farmers and policy makers make more strategic and efficient use of a natural resource too often taken for.....

Turkish ice cream recipe is bad news for orchids

Who would have thought that a love of ice cream could be driving some varieties of orchids toward extinction? Not any ice cream, mind you, but a special variety favoured mostly in Turkey, called “dondurma,” which in Turkish means “freezing.”Dondurma is more resistant to melting than our ice cream and has a.....

CAN (ON): For poinsettias, prevention is better than cure

With their red and white bracts, poinsettias are a Canadian Christmas favourite. They’re the second-largest potted ornamental crop in Canada, half of which – approximately 4.2 million pots per year – is grown in Ontario. When it comes to potted plants and flowers, consumers demand an aesthetically perfect.....

Kenyan growers invest in environmentally friendly cultivation

Kenya is one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world but the booming industry has created a raft of environmental problems, Euractiv reports. Local producers are now coming up with new ideas to cut pollution while keeping their business profitable.United Nations freshwater expert Joakin Harlin.....

ADB helps Vietnam promote inclusive flower production

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday signed loan agreements worth US$20 million with Agripacific Holdings (APH) and Kunming Hasfarm Flowers (KHF) to develop high-value horticulture in Vietnam, China and Indonesia.ADB will lend the equivalent of $15 million in US dollars and Japanese yen to APH -- a.....

US (MI): MSU Horticulture Garden’s 2017 trial results available

As we near the end of 2017, another trial garden season has come to a close at the Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens. The purpose of the trial gardens is to grow and evaluate new species and cultivars of a wide range of plants under mid-Michigan climatic conditions. Every trialing season is.....