July 11, 2014
Highlights From The 2013 USDA Floriculture Crops Summary
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 2013 Floriculture Crops Summary in June. Here are some of the main findings.
July 2, 2014
Smith Gardens Stabilizes Greenhouse Climate With Light-Diffusing Screens
Smith Gardens faced a challenge when constructing its newest range, a state-of-the-art Prins glasshouse at its Aurora, Ore., location. The long winters and warm summers characteristic of the climate in the Northwest U.S. make providing an even temperature and stable climate an often difficult task. The operation found the answer in light-diffusing screens. After numerous trials and research, Head Grower Aaron Bivens selected XLS 45 F Harmony Revolux, an open, light-diffusing shade screen from Svensson. “You walk into the range and can instantly feel a more even temperature,” Bivens says. “There is a noticeable difference between the light diffusion in the new range, compared to our houses with aluminum screens.” Diffused light is scattered by particles, in this case the screen, so it is much less intense and more evenly spread. Diffused light has been shown to provide significant benefits for plants in greenhouses, creating fewer hot spots and shady […]
June 20, 2014
New Genus Sneak Peek From Terra Nova Nurseries, Mukgenia Nova ‘Flame’
Terra Nova Nurseries introduces a brand-new genus, Mukgenia Nova 'Flame,' as part of its Sneak Peek variety introductions.
June 16, 2014
Pine Wood Chips As An Alternative To Perlite In Greenhouse Substrates: Fertilization Requirements
This is the third article of the four article series highlighting the production and use of pine wood chips as aggregates in greenhouse substrates. We found growers do not need to adjust their production practices when 20% pine wood chips are utilized as a perlite replacement.
June 4, 2014
Hortilux To Service Philips Indal Supplemental Lighting Systems For Greenhouse Horticulture
Hortilux Schréder (Hortilux) will be undertaking the warranty and service work for existing Philips Indal supplemental lighting systems for greenhouse horticulture. To deliver this service, Hortilux is taking over the entire stock of parts and production tools from Philips Indal Horticulture, so Hortilux is able to provide the full range of service and maintenance on these supplemental lighting systems, even after they are no longer covered by warranty. In North America, this will fall under the domain of PL Light Systems Canada Inc., a division of Dool Industries and a sister-company of Hortilux. In North America, PL Light Systems will contact the existing Philips Indal horticultural clients and work with them to quantify their service and maintenance needs. PL Light Systems offers a wide range of service and maintenance services, including on site supplemental lighting measurements, lamp and reflector measurements, trouble-shooting and repair maintenance and automated reflector cleaning services. These […]
May 29, 2014
Country Raisin’s Joins HGTV HOME Plant Collection As A New Annuals Grower
The HGTV HOME Plant Collection announced Country Raisin's as a new annuals grower for 2014.
April 24, 2014
ePlantSource Announces Five New Partnerships
ePlantSource has announced the addition of five new suppliers to the list of partner companies who provide their products on ePlantSource.com. The additional partners will offer customers new products as well as expanded options for programs and locations.
April 16, 2014
Update: House Approves Bill To Raise ACA Full-Time Definition to 40 Hours
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on April 3 that would raise the definition of full-time employment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to 40 hours per week.
March 27, 2014
Amidst Drought, Solar Desalination Allows California Water District To Gain New Access to Fresh Water
California's Panoche Water District has implemented a solar desalination facility in response to the need for cost-effective solutions that would ensure the availability of sustainable water in the vital agricultural region. The facility, located in Firebaugh, Calif., utilizes renewable desalination technology from WaterFX.
March 25, 2014
The Case Of The Yellow-Leaved Calibrachoa
In this FloriCAST case study, one grower saw yellowing in calibrachoa leaves as the spring season progressed, despite a focus on nutrient management. Kansas State’s Kim Williams investigates nutrition, pH and irrigation concerns of this crop to solve the mystery.
March 14, 2014
Adaptive Plastics Announces Laurie Stribling Will Move To Outside Sales Position
Adaptive Plastics, Inc. has announced the promotion of Laurie Stribling to a newly created outside sales position. In her new position, Stribling will drive sales of Solexx greenhouse covering to commercial greenhouse and nursery growers.