February 2014

Greenhouse Grower February 2014 cover

In This Issue

Selling Plants Online: Conquering The Next Frontier

Consumers are increasingly researching and buying plants online, forgoing traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Here’s how BigBadFlower.com and other online plant sellers will capitalize one growing internet sales.

Basics & Beyond: Cold Finishing Poinsettias

Reducing temperatures during finishing (RTF) can reduce energy and input costs when producing poinsettias. Check out research from Purdue University and University of New Hampshire on how RTF influenced plant height, bract area index and time to marketability and first pollen shed.

Nufarm Offers Engulf Insecticide For 2014

Engulf is a new insecticide from Nufarm that provides mite control using a new active ingredient. As a class 21A miticide, Engulf offers a rotation alternative with long-lasting, translaminar activity against all major species of mites.

Mid-West Wire Offers Low-Cost American-Made Knock Down Rack

Many growers are in need of durable carts and racks that can be used to both safely transport plants to retailers and provide a way to display them. The newest racks from U.S.-based Mid-West Wire Products, Inc. meet those needs for growers and because they’re offered at a competitive price, growers can feasibly recycle the racks after one or two uses.

A Grower’s Best Resource Is Other Growers

If you have a problem in the greenhouse, you know there are hundreds of other growers scratching their heads over the same subject right now. Some of them are coming up with ways to do things better.

D.S. Cole Growers’ Six Tips For Releasing Predatory Mites

D.S. Cole Growers has been having great success integrating a predatory mite release schedule with chemical controls. Here’s advice from D.S. Cole’s propagation grower Steven Courcy on releasing predatory mites. 1. Start releasing predatory mites early. By having a population of mites roaming the plants you can eliminate problems before they get out of control. 2. Do not try to use beneficials to eliminate an existing infestation. By the time the predatory mites have established on the crop, you will have passed the damage threshold. It is better to apply a compatible miticide like Floramite or horticultural oil and then begin releasing predators. 3. Beware of chemical residues. Certain pesticides can have a long residual effect after application. For example, the entire organophosphate mode of action can kill predatory mites for up to 12 weeks after application. There are excellent resources for determining the compatibility of chemicals with each mite […]

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