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sustainable cultivation according Stolk Flora

Macro-mites, essential oils and vital water for the orchid

At Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry, in the coming weeks the spotlight will be on growers that contribute to a sustainable and healthy world in one way or the other. This has resulted in a story series, including this one: an interview with Jan Stolk and Marco Hartensveld of nursery Stolk Flora about their.....

February 7, Stoneleigh Park

UK: AHDB seminar on softwood propagation of ornamentals

Although there are several UK specialist plant propagators, and a number of production businesses take propagation material from their own stock plants or crops, the production of cutting material from stock plants is now an international trade with material being supplied from as far away as Africa and.....

Pre-plant and planting tips on minimizing root diseases

Root diseases can lead to considerable losses in crops, increased fungicide applications and reduced crop quality. There are several useful tips that, when followed, will help improve the growing environment to reduce potential root disease outbreaks.By following these tips below, not only will there be.....

Photoperiod, irradiance, and temperature affect Echinopsis ‘Rose Quartz’

Photoperiod, irradiance, cool temperature (5 °C), and benzyladenine (BA) application effects on Echinopsis ‘Rose Quartz’ flowering were examined in a study. Plants were placed in a 5 °C greenhouse under natural daylight (DL) for 0, 4, 8, or 12 weeks, then moved to a 22/18 °C (day/night temperature).....

Ethephon drench effects on angelonia and geranium

Ethephon drenches have been reported to effectively control growth of containerized bedding plants. However, previous researchers have indicated that the effects of ethephon drenches on growth and flowering may differ depending on the timing of applications.Researchers sought to quantify the effects of.....

Coleus making a comeback

Coleus are staging a new comeback. New gardeners are discovering coleus for the first time, delighting in how much foliage color this plant provides for the cost. Gone are the days of awkward, lanky plants with ugly, tall flowers. Today’s plants are much better branched, with more intense leaf coloration......

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2016 MSU floriculture research summaries

Each year, the Western Michigan Greenhouse Association and Metro Detroit Flower Growers Association partially fund floriculture projects performed by Michigan State University faculty and staff. In 2016, the associations awarded grants for seven projects in the MSU Departments of Horticulture, Entomology and.....

Promising results for lisianthus on ErfGoedFloor

Growing cut flowers on a cultivation floor

At Delphy, 1100 m2 of lisianthus are being trialed. What's special about this trial is the fact that these flowers are being grown on an ErfGoedFloor - growing a soil-bound crop is still in its infancy. It might offer opportunities for lisianthus growers, but also freesia or chrysanthemum growers. This way.....

Water conservation and treatment webinar series 2017

Learn about the latest water treatment and conservation research in these free webinars. Researchers from Clean WateR3 (cleanwater3.org), a federally-funded research team, are focused on helping growers Reduce, Remediate and Recycle irrigation water. The grant team is managed by Dr. Sarah White at Clemson.....

Managing irrigation and fertigation on ornamental plants

At GAEC de Mezavern in Plouénan, the grower presented his 10 ha nursery. Besides the main crop of bamboo, also other ornamental plants are grown like hedge plants, Nandina, Grevilia, Rosemary, Lavatera, Viburnum tinus. Plants are grown in pots, on outdoor container fields or under shelters (bitunnel/ multi.....

US (TX): Poinsettia trial shows effect of high temperatures

Rows of vivid red poinsettias inside Greenhouse No. 4 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton are as eye-catching as a flashing stop light.Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist in Overton, began a trial of more than 30 varieties of the popular holiday.....

Acid choices for reducing water alkalinity

Some water sources cause the pH of a growing medium to rise rapidly over time. This has nothing to do with the pH of the water, but rather with the alkalinity in the water. Alkalinity is a measure of the bicarbonates and carbonates in the water. Another way to understand water alkalinity is that it is a.....

IRISS

New measurement tool creates wealth of information

The newest machine vision technologies are very accurate. For example, with IRISS, a machine developed by 4More Technology, many aspects of roses are scanned and measured with millimeter accuracy. This results in new measurement data and potential new insights into cultivation.On LinkedIn Kees Bukman, who.....

The basics of plant respiration

The process of respiration in plants involves using the sugars produced during photosynthesis plus oxygen to produce energy for plant growth. In many ways, respiration is the opposite of photosynthesis. In the natural environment, plants produce their own food to survive.They use the carbon dioxide (CO2).....