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Not-so purple basilPurple basil is a unique culinary herb with a unique appearance in addition to great flavor. However, during the winter and early spring the purple coloration can diminish during production. This e-GRO Edible Alert will focus on how to improve the appearance of purple basil.by Christopher J Currey -.....
March 23, Buxton
US (ME): Greenhouse Best Practices WorkshopCome see and learn how the Snell family has grown their flower and vegetable farm into a thriving diversified business. Snell Family Farm has eight greenhouses and additional hoop houses. They grow perennials, water garden plants, bedding plants, fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and retail via their year-round.....
ASCFG reprints book on woody cut stemsIt's been out of print for several years, but "Woody Cut Stems" by Lane Greer and John Dole has been reprinted by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. It is an indispensable resource for anyone growing or handling branches and stems as cut flowers."I find myself going back to this book time and.....
Vifra introduces professional 'plug and play' humidity control solutionDehumidification systems are gaining ground in the greenhouse industry. Vifra's answer to this trend is the new series of V-Dry dehumidification units. The small, lightweight units claim to be more flexible and adaptable to any kind of situation.For many years now, Italian engineering company Vifra is known.....
"Watch out with low phosphorus fertilization"The importance of phosphorus in horticulture has changed throughout the years. Prior to the use of soilless media, field soil was used to grow potted plants. Phosphorus application rates were high because phosphorus becomes immobile in soil as it easily binds to the cation exchange sites on soil particles.....
CAM plants require special treatmentCAM plants are a group of plants that only assimilate at night and grow slowly. The cultivation of these plants requires special treatment.CAM plants naturally grow in climates that are usually hot and dry. To avoid drying out, they only open their stomata at night to allow CO2 inside for the assimilation......
Bench-top root-zone heating hastens petunia developmentHeating accounts for up to 30% of total operating costs for greenhouse operations in northern latitudes. Growers often lower air temperatures for production to reduce energy costs; however, this causes delays in development even in cold-tolerant crops, such as petunia (Petunia ×hybrida). This delay increases.....
Using beneficial nematodesBeneficial nematodes are an easy way to begin a biocontrol program in greenhouses. Beneficial nematodes (Steinernema feltia) are best applied as a media drench to target the fungus gnat larvae. Treat as soon as possible (2 to 3 days) after sticking cuttings, planting plugs or starting seeds.Storage and.....
Dutch Garden in Disneyland ParisAt a unique location in Disneyland Paris with its millions of visitors, Dutch companies and organizations are promoting flowers and plants in the Dutch Garden, in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy.(Video in Dutch)In 2017, there will be a color garden, designed by Jacqueline van der Kloet and Manon.....
Growing petunias for strong retail performanceVIDEO This webinar features PanAmerican Seed and James E. Faust of Clemson University. Clemson's latest petunia research shows how to grow the best petunias to get strong retail performance.For more information PanAmerican Seedwww.panamseed.com
Paul A. Thomas, University of Georgia
Diagnosing greenhouse leaf margin issuesLeaf margin issues are common and occur across many crops that growers often just brush them off as part of the growing process. In truth, they indicate issues that can lead to bigger problems going forward, and may themselves cause huge headaches as the crop matures. We review a list of causes for you to.....
Post-planting tips to minimize root diseasesIt is important to ensure that the growing environment for any crop is as free of pathogens as possible. It is a good start to sanitize greenhouses or the nursery and make sure the environment does not support pathogen growth. Once a crop has been planted, there are additional techniques that can be used to.....
UF/IFAS researchers to launch new plants-in-space missionPeople put on sweaters when they’re cold. Plants on the other hand, have to essentially knit one on the fly. Plants “knit” with their genes, and when University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers launch their Feb. 14 space experiment, they want to know more about how gene.....
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