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Five tips on monitoring hydroponic systems

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension hosts Jon Greene of Bluelab Corporation in a new YouTube video. They discuss technical tips for pH and electrical conductivity (EC) monitoring in hydroponic plant production, as well as water management and the importance of maintaining…

Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

US: Why you should grow ranunculus and anemones

"Ranunculus continues to grow in popularity as folks become more familiar with it through social media. In our zone 6a (and even a few zones colder than us), it can be grown in heated or unheated tunnels; it lasts two weeks in a vase, works well out of water for design work, and each bloom is so fluffy…

Hydroponic vegetable production: Greenhouse training online course

The most requested course by participants of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training program from University of Florida IFAS Extension is here. Learn to manage different hydroponics systems, as well as the fundamentals of climate, water, nutrition, and plant health in these systems. This…

University of Pennsylvania

Dueling proteins give shape to plants

In an elegant choreography, plants take cues from their environment and channel them into form: flowers, roots, or branches. In a new paper in Nature Communications, biologist Doris Wagner of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues identified some of the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into…

How photoperiod, DLI, temperature and PGRs influence growth and development of succulents

Anthony Soster is an M.S. student at Michigan State University and is currently investigating how daily light integral (DLI), day and night temperature, photoperiod, and plant…

Selecta One

Poinsettia production in full swing at Selecta One

Poinsettia production is in full swing at Selecta One. In their new "Tech Talk" videos, they give you tips and tricks, information and insights. Check out the new videos below, and find the company's Poinsettia assortment here. For more information:Selecta Onewww.selecta-­one.com

Manipulating light to improve greenhouse production of specialty cut flowers

Caleb Spall is an M.S. student at Michigan State University and is currently investigating how light quality, DLI, and photoperiod influence flowering and morphological…

Strategies for applying gray water effluent on ornamental sunflower crops

In a context of scarcity of good quality water, reuse is a mandatory practice to increase water availability, thus allowing the exploitation of more cropland. Although several…

Automation of irrigation with LetsGrow.com

About 3 years ago, a collaboration was established between Vineland Research & Innovation Center and LetsGrow.com. The reason for this collaboration is the growing demand for…

ONfloriculture

OMAFRA webinar on nutrients and the microbiome

If you missed the OMAFRA-led webinar on microbiomes in your greenhouse water, and how that affects plant health, you can find the recording below. See this blog post for some background on why this is the newest field in water and nutrient management. Meeting Recording – view here. Access Passcode: V#i94goW…

Video on interpreting irrigation water quality

A new YouTube video by Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension describes how to sample, interpret, and solve chemical issues for water used to irrigate greenhouses and nurseries. Dr. Fisher introduces the free online WaterQual tool on the www.cleanwater3.org website to interpret…

Karaburun municipality in Turkey distributes 120,000 daffodil bulbs to growers

The municipality of Karaburun in Izmir has distributed 120,000 daffodil bulbs to growers. Most of the growers were women and the bulbs are distributed to them through the grower cooperatives. The municipality has taken this initiative to increase daffodil production in the town and to create more added…

Study Wageningen University & Research

A cleaner and faster cultivation of Zantedeschia

With a clean start and a faster cultivation schedule, diseases probably have less chance in the cultivation of Zantedeschia. This means that less chemical crop protection agents are needed. The Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research is investigating…

"It's exciting to see AgTech innovation developed in New Zealand supporting growers in Europe"

Autogrow has ramped up their activity in the Northern Hemisphere by establishing a new Sales Director Europe and U.K. role based in the Netherlands supporting their expanding customer base for new digital farming solutions FarmRoad and Folium. CEO Darryn Keiller says, “This expansion into Europe is…

Hishtil shares best practices with focus on potted herbs, organic herbs and ornamental crops

Extending the shelf life of the more delicate types of plants

Hishtil has made it its goal to provide economic and environmentally friendly horticultural solutions that improve the quality of produce. "A key facet of our research is to study how we can extend the shelf life of our plants at our client’s sites. As durable as our plants may be, however, they still…

Good agricultural practices of commercial orchids

Orchids are the second largest families of flowering plants and are distributed throughout the world. They may be epiphytic, terrestrial and lithophytic. In addition to global…

Renewed version of manual “Nutrient Solutions for Greenhouse Crops” available

Producers of fertilizers Yara, SQM and Nouryon, laboratory Eurofins Agro and consultant Geerten van der Lugt have combined forces to publish a renewed version of the popular…

Webinar 'Preventative maintenance and environmental controls in the greenhouse'

Argus Controls invites you to watch the 'Preventative maintenance and environmental controls in the greenhouse' webinar that took place on September 18. The panel of experts explained how an environmental control system can help growers in getting ahead of potential issues with their equipment. In…

Airborne fungus that can trigger plant growth

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) announced that a harmless airborne fungus, Cladosporium sphaerospermum strain TC09 (TC09), can…

Bios Lighting

The keys of uniformity for plant growth

Plants have evolved around the sun as their natural source of energy. This is important because the sun is at an infinite distance away, with a predictable cycle over the course of days and seasons. The more light a plant receives, the more it will grow and thrive. In the natural environment, when a…

Heidi Lindberg, MSU Extension

US (MI): On-demand 2020 Nursery Conference now available

Michigan State University Extension announced the virtual, on-demand 2020 Nursery Conference. The majority of presentations were developed by faculty from Michigan State University. The content is available for free by creating a free community ID and registering for the conference, which is offered…

Agronomy

Comparative study of three low-tech soilless systems for the cultivation of geranium

A new study evaluated the feasibility of simplified hydroponics for the growth of rooted cuttings of geranium (Pelargonium zonale) for commercial purposes in local farms in Northern Italy. Tested systems included a control where soilless system on substrate (peat) (T-1), usually adopted by local farmers,…

Agronomy

Silicon alleviates temperature stresses in poinsettia

The effects of silicon (Si) on temperature stresses were investigated in poinsettia. Well-rooted cuttings supplemented with and without Si were exposed to 40 °C, and plants treated with or without Si during cutting propagation and cultivation were subjected to 4 °C. The results showed that almost all the…

IIHR

Effect of bioagents on growth, flowering and yield of China aster cv kamaini

A field experiment was conducted to know the effect of bioagents on growth and flowering of China aster cv. Arka Kamini at the department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture, College of Horticulture, Mudigere, during 2018-19. The experiment was laid out in Randomized Completely Block Design (RCBD)…

Wageningen University & Research

More sustainable bulb cultivation by growing in greenhouses

Disease-free starting material and a shorter life cycle could ensure that fewer pesticides are needed in the bulb cultivation. To do this, the starting material should be grown minimum one year in a greenhouse, tunnel or vertical farm, under the right conditions to maximize bulb growth. The Greenhouse…

Flourish Flower Farm

Growing tulips, narcissus & other fall-planted bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs are some of my most favorite flowers to grow! They are planted in the fall before the ground freezes in cold climates, and in the late autumn/early winter for the rest of us. Often these bulbs show the first signs of life in the early spring, and it’s a much needed reminder that…

Doctor Greenhouse

Vapor pressure deficit affecting water utilization rates

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) represents the 'pressure' that air puts on the plant to transpire and move air from the roots through the plant and out the stomata in their leaves. When the air is dry (low humidity) and the VPD is high, there will be more pressure on the plant to transpire and keep up with…

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

Growing plants with carbon dioxide

CO2 supplementation is a common and highly beneficial practice in modern horticulture. This document will explain why, when, and how supplementation is important and what the potential outcomes can be. Different types of plants, different biological processesPlants are characterized by how they acquire…

OMAFRA

CAN (ON): Nutrient solution analysis projects for greenhouses and vertical farms

The quality of water and nutrient solution used in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) production systems, such as greenhouses and vertical farms, is one of the most important factors that affect plant health and yield. Growers monitor water and nutrient solution quality by sending samples for…

Itility

Autonomous germination rate and vitality measurements

Germination rate and vitality are important factors for determining the quality of seed batches. To this day, the measurement process is hardly automated, and therefore labor intense, expensive, and prone to errors. These errors can lead to costly claims for seed breeders or young plant growers when…

Paolo Bombelli

Tinted solar panels allow plants to grow efficiently on ‘agrivoltaic’ farms

Tinted solar panels could allow land to be used to grow crops and generate electricity simultaneously, with financial gains, according to researchers in the UK and Italy. The orange solar panels absorb some wavelengths of light, while allowing those that are best for plant growth to pass through. The…

Nikhila Vaagdevi Anumala

Influence of different times of planting on seed attributes of Gaillardia pulchella

A study was conducted during September 2018 to June 2019 at Floricultural Research Station, Hyderabad, India to examine the influence of different times of planting on seed attributes in Gaillardia pulchella local cultivars. The experimental design is Factorial Randomized Block Design comprising of two…

The effect of increasing levels of supplemental LED light on greenhouse-grown cut gerbera

To investigate the influence of supplemental lighting intensity on the production (i.e., rate of flower development, flower quality, and yield) of cut gerbera during Canada’s supplemental lighting season (November to March), trials were carried out at a research greenhouse. Five supplemental light…

Syngenta Flowers launches collaborative technical webinar platform

“Know Before You Grow”

Join Syngenta Technical experts Karl Trellinger of Syngenta Flowers and Nancy Rechcigl of Syngenta Crop Protection for a short webinar Poinsettias: A Midseason Grower Check In. This 45-minute webinar…

Bailey

webinar, September 9

Everything hydrangeas: From variety selection, to production and sales

Join Bailey Nurseries as they discuss the ever-evolving and most rapidly growing categories in woody shrubs: hydrangeas. For over a decade, thanks to the Endless Summer brand, Bailey has changed the way gardeners consume and use hydrangeas. Now, with so many choices, we will discuss the efforts behind…

Godfrey Dol in irrigation series following the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

"Algorithm predicted irrigation need much better than I can with 38 years experience"

"Follow the rules of thumb and the plant performs as required" was the headline in the previous post in a series of three about irrigation. In this last part Godfrey Dol is…

Mycorrhizal applications offers improved Gibberellin PGR: ProGibb LV Plus T&O

"This new PGR offers both efficiency advantages, environmental benefits"

Mycorrhizal Applications is offering a newly reformulated ProGibb gibberellic acid Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) for the ornamental horticulture industry. ProGibb LV Plus T&O has replaced the former ProGibb T&O product, and this new formulation has several advantages over the previous product and other…

Svensson

the roadmap to sustainable horticulture:

Monitoring and controlling all the balances

Plants are created to produce fruit and flowers efficiently and sustainably by design. And as a grower, why not empower them to do just that? For growers, optimizing your cultivation is essential for success. At the same time, sustainable solutions are needed to combat the enormous challenge of feeding…

Longwood Gardens

What it’s like to care for the mighty ‘corpse flower’

For a few days in mid-July 2020, a botanical spectacle began to unfurl at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Over the course of these two days, a massive titan arum, better known as a “corpse flower,” bloomed before crowds of hundreds of people waiting in socially distanced lines. Among…

Recap of ReduSystems' knowledge sessions

The optimal use and combination of coatings

ReduSystems is constantly expanding its product package. This steadily increases the available options for controlling natural light year-round. To keep crop advisors informed of the optimal use and combination of coatings, the ReduSystems team held a number of interactive knowledge sessions over the…

Agronomy

Supplementary light source affects growth and development of carnation ‘Dreambyul’ cuttings

Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.) is a major floricultural crop, cultivated widely for cut flowers. A study was conducted to determine the optimal supplementary light source for the cutting propagation of carnation ‘Dreambyul’ cuttings. Terminal cuttings were propagated in a glasshouse with an average…

Advocate, Crest help advance propagation, root development and more

Fine Americas introduces two new PGRs

Fine Americas introduces two new PGRs for the ornamentals industry that promote rooting and plant development early in the production cycle. Advocate helps propagate plants from cuttings, while Crest can improve the germination of seed, plant emergence, root growth and seedling development. “In addition to…

Topical line-up for first Hort Science Online

ICL’s first digital Hort Science Online event – 21 September 2020 - will feature topical subjects including woodfibre and the future of growing media, protecting against black vine weevil in the post-Exemptor era and expanding the grower plant health toolbox with biostimulants. The first in this series of…

Irrigation de-mystified: "growers like to be on the safe side, risking overwatering their crops"

Plants need water and fertilizer to grow. In the hi-tech glasshouse industry, growers apply both at the same time. A fertilizer injection system provides the fertilizer, and…

Nutrient Management 2 (Advanced) starts August 31

Learn in depth aspects of plant nutrition management in these Training Online courses

Train yourself and your staff to make better crop management decisions by learning in depth aspects of plant nutrition management. Nutrient Management 2 (Advanced) is the third course of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training courses offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This course…

RF Agriculture

How to prepare for harvesting

From the excitement of the start of the season to the growing operations and now the harvest, a grower needs to be prepared. Proper planning and preparation just like with the start of a season is essential to a successful and hassle free harvest. In order to make an effective plan, an operator should understand the overall…

Managing heat stress in propagation

Summer is a busy time of year for perennial growers. Creeping Phlox, Iberis, Dianthus and others have to be propagated this time of year in order to ship to customers for growing and bulking before overwintering. Unfortunately, Summer can be a very challenging environment for rooting perennials with the…

Spanish/English bilingual video series educates on nursery best management practices

UF/IFAS Extension has added a series of bilingual videos as part of its Greenhouse Training Online program. The latest videos on nursery best management practices are available in the UF IFAS Extension BMP playlist on the program’s YouTube channel. The videos were developed by Tom Yeager from the UF/IFAS…

Hort Science Online (UK): new ICL digital showcase coming this autumn

Showcasing the latest technical innovations and horticultural practices, Hort Science Online is being launched this autumn - replacing ICL’s popular Hort Science Live event.   “Set up three years ago, Hort Science Live has quickly become a popular annual event giving UK professional growers, advisors and horticultural students…


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