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.
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
As Seville Farms in Mansfield, Texas, expands its production to include more annuals, young plant producer Integrated Botanics has benefited from the increase. An increasing percentage of the finished plants that Seville Farms produces began as starter plants at Integrated Botanics, also located in Mansfield. Ninety-five percent of the young plants produced by Integrated Botanics
Cuttings of vegetatively propagated bedding plants are frequently rooted in late winter and early spring to meet the spring and early summer market demand for flowering bedding plants. However, this is also the time when dirty and old glazing material, interior superstructures, and hanging baskets suspended above benches reduce already seasonally low ambient outdoor daily
Growers are increasingly learning that steering the greenhouse climate, which includes the related factors of light levels, temperature and humidity, can yield big gains in terms of plant quality and productivity as well as economic efficiency in heating and cooling expenses. Researchers, meanwhile, have been demonstrating that diffuse light plays an important role in achieving
Managing all the different environmental and cultural aspects of greenhouse crop production can be an intimidating and daunting task, especially during the peak production season. But it’s necessary to produce a high-quality, salable plant. The greenhouse is full of moving targets, from root zone pH and EC to plant growth, air temperature and light. Managing
When the weather gets warm, nearly everyone is itching to get outdoors. When the weather gets warm weeks earlier than normal, consumers and landscapers start their spring activities earlier, too, and that means they want their plants sooner. The weather this spring really was unseasonably warm. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reports that the
Chameleon Grow Systems announced the release of its commercial Solar Genesisplasma horticulture lighting, which third-party research shows produces better veggies than traditional greenhouse lighting. “We have been testing this light source for the past three years, and the full-spectrum nutritional light-energy produced by plasma lighting has produced excellent results,” says Chris Pieser, founder and president.
Lowering costs and providing the correct levels of light to crops are necessary concerns for any grower. A new LED lighting solution that addresses both of these concerns is now on the market. By teaming up with LumiGrow, Inc., a leader in smart horticultural lighting, Growers Supply now offers innovative LED grow lights for greenhouses