August 21, 2015
Sole-Source LED Lighting In Horticulture: Microgreens Production
In Part 2 of a four-part lighting series highlighting the multiple uses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers examine the effects of sole-source LED lighting on microgreen production to achieve the highest quality crop possible in an energy efficient manner.
September 8, 2015
Supplemental Lighting Benefits For Growing Cannabis In The Greenhouse
The cannabis industry has moved out of the basement and into the light, and with this shift in politics and regulation occurring worldwide there is a need for growers to change the way they think about lighting and energy consumption.
August 14, 2015
Customizing Crop Foliage Color With LEDs: Ornamental Crops
Do you find that your purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) crop is often green to light purple? What if we told you there is a quick solution to enhance and darken the foliage of purple fountain grass or other floriculture crops? In this second article of a four-part series highlighting the multiple uses of high-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs), we will discuss our research methodology and findings for enhancing the foliage color of ornamental crops with end-of-production (EOP) supplemental lighting (SL) in the greenhouse. Many ornamental crops that greenhouse and nursery growers produce vary in size, shape and color. These variables are often influenced by the growing environment. For example, leaf color (intensity, distribution or both) of ornamental crops such as purple fountain grass is a key component that often influences the consumer’s perception and ultimately an impulse purchase. The red or purple pigmentation of purple fountain grass leaves is […]
August 12, 2015
Selecting Fertilizer Rates For Several Spring Bedding Plants
Fertilizing bedding plants can be difficult due to the differing needs of the large variety of plants that we grow. Many operations do not grow enough of any one crop to cater the fertilizer specifically for each crop. Therefore, grouping crops with similar fertilizer requirements and having two to three fertilizer strengths available is a practical way to ensure plants are getting the fertilizer they need. With many new plant varieties on the market, we wanted to conduct a trial at Cornell University to determine best fertilizer rates for several common bedding plant crops. 22 Bedding Plants Studied To Establish Fertilizer Rates Plugs and rooted liners of 22 crops (Table 1) were transplanted into 4-inch (500 mL volume) round pots with a commercial peat/perlite based substrate. The plants were grown in a glass greenhouse at Cornell University during the spring season at a spacing of one plant per square foot. Heating set […]
June 29, 2015
Customizing Crop Foliage Color With LEDs: Red Leaf Lettuce
In the first of a four-part series highlighting the multiple uses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers share how end-of-production supplemental lighting with LEDs enhances red leaf lettuce color prior to harvesting and shipping.
June 10, 2014
Michigan State University To Hold Discussion On Lighting Standards For LEDs
Industry members are invited to attend a July 28 meeting to discuss horticultural lighting standards for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), facilitated by Michigan State University (MSU). The two-hour roundtable discussion will take place during the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
May 27, 2014
Philips Hosts High Wire Event For The First Time
Philips recently organized the International High Wire Event for the first time. The event was held in the Netherlands for a select group of international tomato growers, and included practical visits and opportunities for exchanging know-how and experience.
May 20, 2014
Clean Fresh Food Increases Productivity With LumiGrow LED Greenhouse Light Solution
In line with a growing trend among forward-thinking greenhouse farm operators, Clean Fresh Food of Wisconsin installed energy-efficient greenhouse lighting to achieve healthy, year-round crop growth.
April 30, 2014
Conviron Partners With Valoya To Extend LEDS Into New Markets
Canada-based Conviron and Valoya of Finland recently announced an agreement for the distribution and integration of Valoya LEDs into Conviron growth chambers and rooms. Conviron is now the exclusive distributor of Valoya's products to seed and biotech companies, government institutions and universities in North America, India, Australia and Brazil.
February 12, 2014
Diffuse Light Results In 25 Percent Growth Rate Increase, Wageningen UR Study Shows
Anthurium plants produced in light-diffused greenhouses equipped with Svensson’s Harmony screens were ready for sale at 16 weeks compared to the normal 22 weeks.
December 2, 2013
The Future Of Greenhouse Structures
We’re not predicting the end of the Quonset or big gutter-connect ranges. We do, however, believe you will see a dramatic change in the ways some traditional structures work, where greenhouses are built, or even what is considered a “greenhouse” in the future.
October 7, 2013
LEDs Could Eventually Manipulate Scent, Color In Ornamentals And Edibles
With the ability to deliver specific light wavelengths with LED lights, growers, retailers and consumers could eventually manipulate the scent, color, flavor, postharvest life and other characteristics of ornamental and edible crops.
September 17, 2013
LEDs Reduce Costs For Greenhouse Tomato Growers According To Purdue Study
Tomatoes grown around LED lights in the winter can significantly reduce greenhouse energy costs without sacrificing yield, according to a Purdue University study. Cary Mitchell, a professor of horticulture, said the average tomato is shipped about 1,500 miles from warmer climates where they’re grown to cooler climates that cannot produce the fruit cost-effectively in the winter. That journey is costly, however, because tomatoes are picked green and ripen during shipping, decreasing quality and flavor. The lengthy shipping distance also adds to the industry’s carbon footprint. “It makes it really hard for the greenhouse industry to grow tomatoes well in the offseason. We’re trying to change that and make it affordable,” Mitchell said. Energy costs drive up prices for producers who might want to grow tomatoes in greenhouses in states that have winters inhospitable to growing food. Greenhouses must be heated, and shorter, overcast days require costly lighting. Mitchell and doctoral […]