Author Archives: James E. Faust

About James E. Faust

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

Poinsettia Production: 3 Steps To Healthy Roots

There are numerous times during a poinsettia crop that things can go wrong, but perhaps the most overlooked time is the period from when a cutting has rooted until the plant is established in the final container. During this time, roots can be lost and then the plant never grows at the normal rate in

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

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