Greenhouse

"Our goal is to supply growers only with technique that is of use to them"

It has been sixty years this year since Azrom started its operations in greenhouse building, making it one of the oldest operators from Israel. "Our goal is creating a farm that helps the grower in the long term. The opposite of one size fits all", Fany Baluka with Azrom laughs. "It's a matter of…

Ultra-Clima growers gather in France

It was an international group that payed a visit to Groupe Olivier and SCEA Cheminant in Nantes last week. Amongst them Houwelings Tomatoes and Windset Farms of the United States, Agrimind from Japan, Lipetsk from Russia, Foodventures from Kazakhstan, Ocean Orchids from Slovania and Les Hortensias also…

US (MI): Warmer temperatures a signal for lively times in the greenhouse

March came and went feeling much like it did last year with an average temperature of 32.1 degrees Fahrenheit and 166 growing degree days (GDD) above freezing, according to the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Enviroweather station . Having said that, year-to-date numbers had us a full 100 GDD behind…

US (DE): Willey Farms begins rebirth after fire with garden center, greenhouse opening

Willey Farms, a beloved Townsend marketplace, reopened its greenhouse and garden center Friday as the family store continues its rise from a devastating fire in November. Built up into a market complex over 43 years and burned to the ground in a single night, the loss of Willey Farms was a blow to locals…

US (AR): High school students show off skills at new greenhouse

Students at Mountain Home High School Career Academies are showing off their green thumbs in the newly built greenhouse on the high school campus. The greenhouse was constructed this year after teachers in the agricultural education department applied for a state start-up grant from the Arkansas…

US (MI): Spring is in full swing

Spring is in full swing at the greenhouses in Michigan. Easter lily growers wrapped up moving lilies to coolers or shipping them late last week. Spring bedding plants are coming into full color. After a slow start early in January due to delayed vegetative cuttings or plugs/liners, growers are catching up to their production…

US (TX): Dallas Arboretum opens new greenhouse to grow its own plants

The seemingly infinite flowers of the Dallas Arboretum are blooming in a new nursery. A technologically advanced, 17,000-square-foot greenhouse will nurture new plants before they grace the Arboretum's walkways and gardens. The new facility, set in an industrial district on the Mesquite-Dallas border,…

Vietnam: Da Lat’s farms turn modern in Industry 4.0

Da Lat city in Lam Dong province has become well-known for its modern agricultural techniques. Many of Vietnam’s wealthy farmers are situated in the Central Highlands city, thanks to their investment and application of scientific and technological advances in production. According to Dr. Pham S, Vice…

CAN (NS): Windstorms a big threat to greenhouse crop starters

It was the emotional toll that hit Emily teBogt hardest during an April 4 windstorm at her Grand Pré farm. The young farmer recalls watching as her plastic and metal greenhouse was ripped apart, the doors thrown off hinges as wind beat her baby shoots of spinach, beet greens, radish, carrots growing…

US (NH): Fire tears through greenhouses in Concord

After an early-morning fire destroyed the main building at Murray Farm and threatened his greenhouses, David Murray knew there was no time to panic, reports Concord Monitor. He couldn’t afford to – the building housing the business’s water pumps, boilers and generators was nothing more than a twisted…

US (MA): Pioneer Gardens sells greenhouse, land for $3M

Pioneer Gardens, owned by Arjen Vriend and Jaap Molenaar, sold to GOGRIZ, LLC a 114,000-square-foot greenhouse, two houses at the front of the property and additional parcels of agricultural land expected to be leased back to Pioneer Gardens for agricultural use. The plan is for GOGRIZ to lease the…

US (IN): Kingsbury-based greenhouse grower prepares for spring rush

On April 13, Blooms Greenhouse Grower Outlet is prepared to welcome spring time and reopen for a new season of business. This will be the fifth spring that the Kingsbury-based greenhouse has offered retail options to the community. Bloom’s roots started in 1907, when the Angelo Bernacchi family came to…

"Clean sludge from drainage tanks as well"

A layer of organic material is formed in drain water silos during use. This leads to the silo having less of a buffer and also is a potential nutrition source for a variety of…

CAN (NS): Seniors benefit from nutritious meals through university greenhouse

A joint program between Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (Verschuren Centre) and New Dawn Enterprises (New Dawn) will see local seniors benefitting from nutritious meals through a new Greenhouse Program. The greenhouse was donated to the…

US (NC): Reward increases to find vandals who damaged Maysville greenhouses

Authorities in the East are asking for help in searching for people responsible for vandalizing two commercial greenhouses at 2894 Belgrade Swansboro Road in Maysville. The owner is now offering a reward in addition to the Crimestoppers reward, bringing the grand total to $10 thousand dollars. Read more…

"More than just hot air"

Correctly circulating air in a glasshouse can be tricky as you can’t see currents and airflow. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to optimise air movement in your glasshouse. by Jon Swain Optimising the climate for crop health should be a key objective of any grower, but achieving the optimum conditions is easier said…

Turkey: Izmir Bayindir looking to set up production zone for flower and plant growers

Izmir municipality is looking to establish an organized production zone for flower and plant growers in the Bayindir district (Turkey). The construction of the zone will be started this year, and the zone will contain modern greenhouses, laboratories, seed and seedling facilities, research and…

US (WI): Make-a-Wish recipient's greenhouse roof collapse

It all started with a "wish" by then 9-year-old Lucas West of Turtle Lake who, in 2008, was diagnosed with bone cancer. The young horticulturist was given his first greenhouse, which kick started his business, “Growing Wishes.” More than a decade later, a severe season of winter weather is placing a…

Russia: Tulip greenhouse in Smolensk taking shape

The first part of a greenhouse complex project with overall investments amounting to more than 700,000 USD has been completed in the Smolensk region, reported the regional administration. A part of a major greenhouse complex including two greenhouses with an overall acreage of 1000 square meters was…

Turkey: Bolu municipality grows flowers with thermal water

Bolu municipality parks and gardens directorate continues to grow cut flowers year-round in its greenhouses which are heated using thermal resources. The municipality of Bolu, a city located in northwestern Turkey, grows many different varieties in its greenhouses such as gerbera, rose, carnation,…

Turkey: Women growing flowers in Sanliurfa want to compete with the Netherlands

20 young women entrepreneurs in Sanliurfa, a city located in southeastern Turkey, has become growers after participating in the Ministry of Agriculture’s project to increase women’s participation in agricultural workforce. All these young entrepreneurs have received training from agricultural engineers…

US (NC): How a greenhouse delayed the 1959 sale of an estate

The Terry Estate, also known as InTheOaks, is a 24,000 square foot private estate built in Black Mountain between 1919 to 1921 by Franklin Silas Terry, the first VP at General Electric, and his wife, Lillian Emerson Terry. Modeled after a Tudor country manor and second only in size to the Biltmore House…

"The climate-neutral greenhouse is getting closer and closer"

The number of techniques for limiting CO2 emissions or the use of chemical crop protection is increasing. But these solutions are seldom combined in practice. In the 'Greenhouse2030: Sustainable cultivation with a future', the Wageningen University & Research Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture…

Turkish phalaenopsis grower prevents 15 million Euro imports through own production

Phalaenopsis production center in Yalova, a city located in northwestern Turkey, covers 50 % of the Turkish market’s demand. The production is set in an area of 4 hectares and the owner of the company Turhan Tugtekin points out that their production facility has stopped 15 million euro worth of…

Turkey: 35 million stems of flowers exported from Antalya to 20 countries for Women’s Day

Due to Women’s Day at March, 8th 5 million USD worth of cut flowers were exported from Turkey. Mid-Anatolian Ornamental Plants Exporters Association President Ismail Yilmaz: “Our growers have exported around 35 million stems of flowers for Women’s Day and received approximately 5 million USD for their…

UK: Nursery to let, Isle of Wight

Quinton Edwards offers an Isle of Wight nursery to the market to let. The nursery benefits from circa 2.9 acres of glass on a site of circa 7.83 acres and has sought after organic registration with the Soil Association being formerly used for tomato growing. The nursery is connected to three phase mains…

Healthy plants in store thanks to solar light greenhouse

A second-generation family business is thriving by making all the right moves and working with top companies, including Agra Tech in Pittsburg CA. It's called Matsuda’s Nursery, a company that has refined its artful tradition of cultivating the finest plant material available since 1957. With 160 acres…

Australia: Finding the limit for the gardens of the future as summers intensify

The research trials underway at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus were showcased on popular television program Gardening Australia as host Josh Byrne toured the greenhouse heatwave and drought trials for the Which Plant Where project. The trials are part of five-year project in partnership…

Peter van Beurden, Westland Greenhouses:

CAN (ON): "At springtime, there’s never enough space in the greenhouse"

"Valentine's Day is not as important for us as it is for the flower growers. For us, Easter and Mother's Day are the highlights of the year," says Peter van Beurden of Westland Greenhouses, based in Canada. "In spring, there’s never enough space in the greenhouse." For years he has been cultivating…

NL: Mangalitza pigs clean out greenhouse

Mangalitza pigs which plough your entire greenhouse, it sounds like a horror scenario for a grower. But not for a Dutch grape nursery, where three of these woolly pigs completely clean out the vegetable garden greenhouse, while their excrement provides fertile soil for the next cultivation. Check the…

Improving ecosystems with aquatic plants

Researchers Lyn Gettys and Kimberly Moore conducted a study and a series of experiments at the University of Florida to determine whether littoral aquatic plants could be grown effectively using a variety of substrates and irrigation methods similar to techniques used by traditional greenhouses for…

US (NC): WaterHub to save university greenhouse 120 million gallons of water annually

On an intellectual level, Ryan Lavinder knew when he entered the greenhouse of Emory University’s WaterHub last summer he wouldn’t smell anything. But with as much as 400 thousand gallons of sewage coursing through the facility each day, he still caught himself inhaling deep, searching for an odor. “When…

Seminar video: The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium

If you missed Cornell University's recent Horticulture Section seminar, The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium with Neil Mattson , Associate Professor, Horticulture Section, it is available online . Source: Cornell University

Optimal microclimate on crop level

Due to several technical improvements in modern greenhouses and more intensive cultivation methods, the necessity of controlling humidity levels on crop level increases. Meaning ventilation plays a vital role as this results in a better and more uniform climate. With the V-FloFan, Multifan offers the…

Dutch grower pleased with tulips from Russia

Erik Lommerse, the head of the Dutch company Nord Lommerse Flower Bulb Group, which exports flower bulbs for professional growers all over the world, has visited Ulyanovsk, highly rating the local tulips. The Dutch guest inspected the greenhouse complex at the City Centre for General Improvement and…

3 million flowers in Moscow greenhouses for International Women’s Day

Over 3 million flowers will be delivered for sale by greenhouses in the Moscow region before March 8, reported the Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mr. Andrey Razin. “The growers have a hot season now. In order to make all women happy on this festive day, they harvest about 40 varieties of elite roses…

Russia: Roses for Women’s Day grow in “New Holland”

The specialists of the “New Holland” complex in the Leningrad region know exactly what the best present for International Women's Day is, as they have been growing flowers for more than 10 years. Even though the Leningrad region cannot boast the perfect climatic conditions for that kind of business due…

"Coating systematically optimizes production"

Amaryllis is a crop that is grown to a precise schedule. And a systematic approach to coating – agreeing at an early stage when the contractor can start – fits in well with that and avoids unpleasant surprises. Amaryllis growers would welcome a longer sales season, and new colors and shapes are…

Russia: Growing unusual orchids in Siberia

On the eve of Women’s Day, flower growers in Buryatia (Russia) are aiming to sell over 4,000 pieces of orchids. At Orchidelia, on the shores of Lake Baikal, they grow over 25 orchid varieties: standard, midi, mini, grandi and multiflora, of various colors from classic white and tender pink ones to bright…

US (NM): University greenhouse flourishes with life

Spring is nearly here, and there is no better time to checkout the University of New Mexico’s Greenhouse located in Castetter Hall. The greenhouse hosts a number of native and nonnative plant species. With the days noticeably longer, many of the cacti have already begun their spring bloom of pink and…

So you think you want to start a greenhouse business in Florida

Liz Felter of the University of Florida offers a few tips to consider before you get started. There’s a lot to know, but you can learn it in advance to diving in. This will prevent you from making costly mistakes. Have a business plan Create a business plan that includes your goals for the next 3-5…

Symptoms and consequences of chilling or freezing injury on greenhouse crops

With the recent polar vortex, some growers have seen symptoms of chilling and freezing injury on their greenhouse crops. Other growers are looking ahead to spring and are pondering the idea of finishing some of their crops outdoors to free up greenhouse space. In either of these situations, which crops…

US (MO): New greenhouse in the works at Missouri State

Missouri State’s College of Applied and Natural Sciences is constructing a new greenhouse for enhanced student learning and more in-depth research. The greenhouse is being built behind Temple Hall, taking the place of the previous single-room facility. According to biology professor Laszlo Kovacs, the…

Southwest Michigan greenhouse situation report – February 2019

"Avoid late-season pest problems with careful scouting and sanitation practices"

It's fair to say that the weather during February 2019 has been something of a roller-coaster ride. Significant fluctuation in temperatures have brought record highs and record lows to some areas of southwest Michigan. While we would normally characterize February as a month of ice and snow, these last…

Turkey: Cut flower growers unhappy with the exclusion of flower production from agricultural policies

Antalya Chamber of Flower Growers Chairman Alim Uysal: “Flower production is not regarded as a part of the agricultural production and the growers are not supported by government programs. This industry is ignored by both industrial and agricultural policies and stuck in between. The production areas in…

Turkey: Women entrepreneurs start to grow cut roses in greenhouses in Osmaniye

Women growers have started production in greenhouses established in Osmaniye, a city located in southern Turkey. City Agricultural Officer Ibrahim Saglam: “The greenhouse is set as a social responsibility initiative to encourage women to participate in the workforce. The name of the project is “Hands…

Belarusian roses grow all year round

Belarusian roses can be purchased all year round. The country's biggest greenhouse complex grows the most demanding varieties with the assistance of advanced foreign technologies and a robotic sorting system. The ocean of roses is blooming in the greenhouse irrespective of the cool temperatures outside.…

U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens tend to rare plants behind the scenes

During the recent government shutdown, Smithsonian horticulturist Virginia Thaxton continued to work. She walked into the closed, dimly lit, empty museums once a week. “It was eerie,” she said of walking alone among the artifacts in the usually bustling buildings. Thaxton also kept up her work at the…

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New greenhouse complex for tulip and greenery growing opened in Smolensk

The investments amounted to 673,500 Euro. The project is planned to be completed in 2022. The entrepreneur, Mr. Vadim Rogachev has long been engaged in wholesale deliveries of flowers from the Netherlands but last year took a decision to engage in growing them himself. The delivery volume is about 80…

Reducing irrigation quantity and improving water quality to grow better plants

This video presentation by Jane Stanley, woody grower of Saunders Brothers, Inc located in Nelson County, Virginia, is a case study on how old and new technologies are being implemented to cut water use and reduce plant loss. Learn how to manage water quantity and quality as a tool to grow better plants…

CAN (QC): Fire destroys flower grower's greenhouses in Laval

A fire ripped through the Laval (Quebec) location of Serres Sylvain Cleroux on Tuesday. The enterprise totals more than 1,000,000 square feet. Based in Laval and Mirabel, the…

US (PA): Peek inside spring prep at the garden center

Six-packs of pansies will soon be front and center at local garden stores, waiting to become the centerpiece of an early spring container or the colorful edge of a garden bed. To get those flowers ready in time for early planting, workers at Esbenshade’s Garden Centers put the seeds in soil just before…

Insect netting discussed on first edition of Plant2019

Today in Valencia it's all about Plant, Cellular and Molecular biology. The first edition of the Plant2019 kicked off this morning. The conference wants to offer an international platform for botanists, academic scientists, young inspired researchers and research scholars to share their experiences and…

Fine-mesh insect gauze for Dümmen Orange

In De Lier in the Netherlands, construction work at Dümmen Orange is steadily progressing. Part of the project is the renovation of the existing wide-span greenhouses. The project is in the hands of Zwirs Horti Projects and Ventiguard has supplied the insect gauze. Thrips gauze Laurens Besemer from…

Success in ultrafiltration pilot Arend Roses and WaterQ/Litree

“We now fully rely on the Goalkeeper”

Dutch rose nursery Arend Roses supplies 40 to 45 million roses per year in 8 different varieties. Besides the quality of the roses and the service for customers, Arend Roses also takes care of the environment. They therefore opt for green, innovative technology to make rose cultivation more sustainable.…

US (MI): Horticulture alum runs 12-acre greenhouse

Susie Raker-Zimmerman graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Horticulture in 2003. The university asked her a few questions about her time at MSU and her current industry position. Why did you choose to study Horticulture and why MSU? Most people would probably expect me to say that I…

US (ND): Darwin Day in the Minot State University Greenhouse

Tuesday was what would be the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin. To celebrate, Minot State University opened their greenhouse to the public to show off some of the plants Darwin studied years ago. "Biology without Darwin is like Biology without living things,” said Alexey Shipunov, Biology Department…

Turkish flower market also under the spell of Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day, greenhouses and auction companies were filled with activity in Turkey these days. Growers in Izmir, one of the most important production cities in the country, are working diligently to fulfill the orders they have received for Valentine’s Day. Currently around 27.5 million stems of…

Turkey: Geothermally heated greenhouses to be built in three cities

Ali Kindap, head of the Geothermal Power Plant Investors Association (JESDER) announced that 165 hectares of greenhouse fields will be built in Manisa, Aydin and Denizli.…

Video: Plants on the benches 22 weeks after start of construction

KG Greenhouses has launched another update video of the progress on their 9 hectare project in the UK. In this video it can be seen that plants are already on the benches in the glasshouse, only 22 weeks after the start of construction. This achievement has allowed the customer to start using the…

Syngenta Flowers joins Club of 100 Greenhouse Horticulture

Syngenta Flowers joins the Club of 100 Greenhouse Horticulture. This Club of 100 is part of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. For Syngenta Flowers the membership offers an opportunity to contribute to the continuous innovation in horticulture. Head Marketing EAME Mark…

John Torenstra, Horticulture Service

"Less than three weeks after the tornado, the greenhouse was already largely repaired"

A tornado in December left a trail of destruction behind in the greenhouse of Dutch gerbera nursery Van der Wilt. Repairs started right away and right now the final touches are being made on making the greenhouse operational again. Planning the repairs "On Friday afternoon I was on my way back to the…

Preparing your greenhouse for the next cold spell or Polar Vortex

Greenhouse operators and growers should inspect greenhouses to mitigate heat loss during winter months and sub-zero temperatures and protect plants from chilling injury or freezing damage. by Roberto G. Lopez rglopez@msu.edu & W. Garrett Owen wgowen@msu.edu Recently, the Great Polar Vortex of 2019…

EFTE is a translucent polymer for improving light transmission

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions is now offering a new option for our greenhouses in the form of ETFE film. Widely used in Japan for decades but with little use in the United States, Ethelyne Tetrafluoroethelyne (ETFE) is a translucent polymer sheeting with great benefits for greenhouse production. ETFE film…

US (MI): Greenhouse disease and insect management recommendations for 2019

Michigan State University Extension entomology specialist for ornamentals David Smitley has released his “ 2019 Greenhouse Insect Management ” recommendations. These are the recommended products to control thrips, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, broad and cyclamen mites, fungus gnats, mealybugs and…

Sky Coat T-5 foil, Atoplan Products

New foil makes crops warm and comfortable

Glass greenhouses need only a little sun to get warm, but foil greenhouses reign supreme in this regard. In the assortment of horticulture foils from Atoplan Products, the Sky Coat T-5 has been the showpiece since last year. "Even without heating, the temperature is well above zero when it is freezing."…

US (WA): Skagit Horticulture opens clean-stock greenhouse

Skagit Horticulture, located in Mabton, WA, announces the opening of a new, clean-stock greenhouse to complement the large-scale production of select agricultural plant starts launched last year. The new greenhouse is key in producing high volumes of virus-free transplants to serve the needs of hop…

"LED lights allow us to economically extend the growing day to 14 hours"

Fairweather's Nursery are completing the installation of LED lights into their second propagation greenhouse, to enable them to expand the weaning of tissue culture plants…

Russia: Kaliningrad greenhouse to deliver 7.5 million tulips for March 8

Nursery Kalinkovo is planning to grow 7.5 million tulips for Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day. The flowers will be delivered to various regions of the Russian Federation, reported the local government press service. The first batch of three million tulips will be sent to the Altay area. The…

Helping plants breathe in winter

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the main elements required by plants for photosynthesis. But plants in greenhouses can quickly run out of CO2 if outside air is not allowed in. So when the winter sun shines and plants become active, they may not grow at all. Ben Geijtenbeek, Senior Crop Technical Specialist at Syngenta…

New variety to be grown for International Women’s Day

Russia: First tulips cut in Irkutsk for Valentine’s Day

Red, yellow, crimson. The tulips on this flower bed have bloomed specifically for the ones who are in love. The associates of Gorzelenstroy are preparing bouquets for February 14. The flowers are carefully selected. For instance, only closed buds are accepted, the flowers should not open until they are…

"If you work in a targeted manner, you can already learn a lot with 10 to 20 sensors"

The project 'Monitoring and supervision of energy innovations' aims at analyzing the application of new techniques and cultivation methods in several companies, as part of the…

Russia: Mordovia aims to become a leader in rose production

Twelve of every hundred Russian roses are grown in Mordovia. With that, the republic offers about 40 varieties, having the biggest selection in the whole of the Russian Federation. 100 thousand flowers are cut daily. Big hopes are connected with the JS Mir Tsvetov, a highly technological flower growing…

Greenhouse research facility constructed in Taiwan

Bosman Van Zaal is currently adding the finishing touches at the turnkey research facility for CH Biotech in Nantou, Taiwan. CH Biotech develops and innovates agrochemical products to meet the challenges of climate change and a growing world population. Turnkey biotech centre In collaboration with the…

US (MI): Inspect greenhouses to mitigate heat loss during sub-zero temperatures

Over the past few days, snow has finally blanketed Michigan and according to the Michigan State University Enviroweather stations in Coldwater, Commerce, East Lansing, Flint, Hudsonville, Kalamazoo, Romeo and West Olive, Michigan, sub-zero temperatures ranging from -5 to -18 degrees Fahrenheit have been…


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