December 2, 2013

Today’s Breeders On Tomorrow’s Plants

One of the future challenges is the continuing need for new and improved crops for the consumer. Make no mistake about it, new crops — and new breeders — are the lifeblood of this industry.

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November 25, 2013

Plectranthus Production Tips

Do you produce plectranthus?  In this episode of FloriCAST, get tips on cultivars, temperatures, timing, light, nutrition and disorder diagnostics for this genus.

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November 19, 2013

Suntory Flowers Releases Its New Grower’s Guide App

Just in time for spring production, Suntory Flowers introduces the Grower’s Guide app – the first greenhouse production app developed by a flower breeder. Designed for iPad tablets, the fully integrated tool provides complete cultural information for the entire Suntory catalog of varieties. With the portable and user-friendly app, growers can sort crops by temperature, light and fertility requirements and view crop times at a glance. In-depth cultural information is provided for each crop. It’s easy to see how many plants per pot are recommended for 4-inch and 6-inch pots and hanging baskets, along with number of weeks to finish. Growers can customize their Grower’s Guide by selecting the varieties they plan to grow and sell. Award ribbons indicate which varieties have been recognized for landscape performance at leading university trials. Once the Grower’s Guide app is downloaded, all of this vital information is available without access to the internet. […]

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November 14, 2013

The Basics & Beyond: Understanding The Differences Between Photoperiodic And Supplemental Lighting

As I talk to growers around the country, I often find that there is confusion between (1) photoperiodic lighting used to create a long day for flower induction of long-day plants and (2) supplemental lighting used to increase the total quantity of photosynthetic light received over the course of the day, which is referred to as daily light integral (DLI) in the greenhouse. For more information on DLI, please visit http://bit.ly/11x79eK To add to the confusion, supplemental lighting is sometimes referred to as photosynthetic or assimilation lighting. In this article, I will attempt to clarify the differences to assist you in selecting the appropriate lighting strategy for your greenhouse crops. Understanding Photoperiodic Lighting The number of hours of light in a 24-hour period (photoperiod) controls flowering of both short-day and long-day crops. It is actually the uninterrupted period of darkness that controls flowering responses. Long-day plants are those that only flower […]

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November 14, 2013

Comparing LED Lighting To HPS Lamps For Plug Production

Research at Purdue University is determining how LEDs, providing light of different wavelengths, compare to traditional high-pressure sodium lamps.

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November 12, 2013

Producing Freesia As A Greenhouse Crop

Freesia, with its fragrant and prolific spring blooms, is a major cut flower, but can be produced in pots, as well. In this episode of FloriCAST, listen to advice on producing freesia in pots. It might help you serve a niche in your production lineup.

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October 22, 2013

Salad Greens: Winter Benchtop Production Basics

Take a look at growth rate, how to plan winter production and what to expect in terms of yield when it comes to growing baby salad greens in the greenhouse in this episode of FloriCAST.

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October 17, 2013

Next Generation Coleus Offers Production Advantages

Coleus has been reinvented so many times over the past 50 years that it is often hard to remember what the plants used to be like. Even the scientific name has been reinvented multiple times in just the last five years. What was once known as Coleus blumei became Solenostemon scutellarioides, which then became Plectranthus scutellarioides, where it rests for now. Originally, coleus was a seed-produced crop used primarily as a houseplant. It was also used as an herbal remedy in tea to help folks sleep. That has all changed in the last 20 years with the infusion of sun-tolerant varieties, late-flowering varieties (to avoid deadheading and extend season of performance), new colors and new forms. In the past 10 years, there has been some very nice breeding for landscape performance and heat tolerance. Over and over, this plant has changed until what we grow today is so superior to […]

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September 16, 2013

Water Logic Waters Hanging Baskets Only When Needed

Rapid Automated’s innovative new Water Logic tool manages irrigation costs and improves plant quality in a hanging basket system by watering only the plants that need it.

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September 13, 2013

Propagation With LED Lighting

Integrated Botanics, a young plant producer serving Seville Farms, is making use of versatile LED lighting options in its new germination room to improve propagation.

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September 13, 2013

Wenke Greenhouses’ Transparent Plug Treatments

As a young plant producer, Wenke Greenhouses is dealing with an issue that’s increasingly important for growers purchasing plugs and liners: How can you make the best decisions for growing a crop if you don’t know exactly what’s been done to those plants before you receive them? President Lisa Ambrosio says the Kalamazoo, Mich., operation is taking two steps to remedy that situation and help customers be more successful with the company’s young plants. Q: What kind of information are you putting together for your plug and liner customers? Ambrosio: We are in the process of creating information sheets this year. We have two versions. One is designed for the grower who is getting the product so they will know more about what we did to the crop in producing it. For example, if we used growth regulators or insecticides on the crop, they will be aware of that and […]

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September 13, 2013

The Ever-Evolving Cuttings Market

Change is a constant among the world’s vegetative cuttings producers. In any given year, the companies on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 10 Cuttings Producers list are added or dropped for many reasons, including consolidation and economics — and 2013 is no exception. Agribio Group’s purchase of Ecke Ranch last year moved it up to the number one position on our list. Both Agribio and The Dümmen Group are owned by holding company DNA Green Group, but operate as separate entities, according to Mark Schermer, general manager of Fides Oro, also a part of DNA Green Group.Dümmen’s volume increased by more than 200 million units, though it remains at No. 5. Cohen Nurseries has a new, state-of-the-art facility in Gderot, Israel, accounting for an additional 3.4 hectares of production space, which moved the independent producer to No. 6. this year from No. 7 in 2012. Florexpo reduced its production slightly in Costa […]

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