Sustainable fertiliser use in field-grown ornamental crops guide

This guide has been translated from the original publication in agreement with PCS - Ornamental Plant Research, a research station in Destelbergen, Belgium. Within it, you can…

Fertilizer rates and impact on root diseases

Ask any grower what the primary cause of root rot diseases is in their plants and they will tell you it is caused by overwatering. While overwatering may enhance disease development it is not the sole factor. For any disease to attack a plant, three conditions must be present; first, the pathogen must be…

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Study on how fertilization strategy affects production performance of Petunia

The amount of fertilizer applied during the commercial production of bedding plants has decreased in recent years because of increasing concerns about environmental impacts and the need to minimize production costs. However, reduced fertilization affects plant growth and flowering during production and…

Study on impact of use of biofertilizers with reduced doses of chemical fertilizers in flowers

Biofertilizers are microbial cultures which were applied to the corms at planting time using the dip method followed by shade drying before planting. These not only helped in improvement in nutrient uptake by the plants, releasing of growth hormones and antibiotics but also improved the quality of…

Matching water soluble fertilizer to water quality

Purchasing water-soluble fertilizer for your crops is not simply based on what is on sale or a matter of selecting a “geranium fertilizer” for your geraniums; it is based mostly on the quality of your water source. Water can have a significant impact on the pH of the growing medium and may also provide…

Stevia: high substrate pH induced iron chlorosis

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) has gained popularity as an alternative sweetener because it contains glycosides that are up to 300 times sweeter than white cane sugar. In warmer climates (USDA zones 9-11), it is a perennial herb, but it will not overwinter in areas with more severe winters and in those…

NL: Chrysal introduces bio based flower food

Since 1949 Chrysal has been present in flower food products and they want to set the standard for sustainability in our industry, being the most sustainable partner. Introducing new bio based flower food, taking the next step in sustainability. From now the 99% bio based flower food will be available in…

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US: A Gainesville florist recaps Valentine’s Day sales

Valentine’s Day was a big day for businesses that provide a romantic atmosphere during the on-going pandemic. Floral Expressions Florist say COVID-19 has changed a lot, but it hasn’t changed Valentine’s Day. Their sales were right around what they were hoping for this year. Flowers and stuffed bears…

AU: Victorian gardeners lose all crops after using toxic compost from major recycler

Some time in October last year, a batch of commercial compost left a Suez recycling facility in Melbourne, bound for garden centres in central Victoria and Melbourne. Within days, it had been combined into soil mixes, and sold to backyard gardeners planting their summer veggie crops. Within weeks, many…

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First lady's floral ensemble emroidered with US state flowers

On the evening of the presidential inauguration, First Lady Jill Biden, Ed.D., donned a dress and coordinating cashmere coat adorned with embroidered flowers representing…


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