Author Archives: James E. Faust

About James E. Faust

Jim Faust is an associate professor in horticulture at Clemson University.

Finishing Poinsettias Cooler

High fuel costs have our industry searching for opportunities to lower the thermostat, and poinsettias provide a unique opportunity for reducing greenhouse fuel inputs. Initially, the options may appear to be limited since poinsettias have historically not grown well at cooler temperatures. However, poinsettia has several attractive features. First, the scheduling and marketing calendar is identical

Cold-Chain Management

Temperature management is the predominant factor that impacts the post-harvest performance of horticultural crops. Over the past several years, we have been working with cutting suppliers to improve the reliability of delivering unrooted cuttings that perform well in propagation. Inevitably, all roads lead back to temperature management. Cutting performance relies on strong cold-chain management. The strength