September 28, 2012

LumiGrow Pro Series Horticultural Lights

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 and controlled environment agriculture. With the LumiGrow Pro 325 and 650 Horticultural Lights, growers will reduce energy costs by up to 70 percent and boost yields by providing the exact light levels and spectra that plants need. “With the LumiGrow Pro series, growers no longer need to choose between boosting yields and controlling operating costs,” says LumiGrow CEO Kevin Wells. “The LumiGrow Pro series delivers the best of both worlds: tremendous power and energy efficiency unrivaled by any other light.” LumiGrow Pro series lights have a 50,000 hour rating without degradation, lasting up to 10 […]

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September 5, 2012

Tips For Producing Leucanthemum

Leucanthemum, or Shasta Daisy, has always been a favorite of gardeners. The simple daisy flower has great appeal, and they are fairly easy to grow. The name Shasta Daisy was designated by the breeder, Luther Burbank. He named his new hybrid after Mt. Shasta, a snow-capped mountain in northern California. The name Leucanthemum is derived from the Greek words leukos, “white,” and anthemon, “flower.” In recent years there has been a boom in the breeding of Leucanthemum and the development of new petal colors and forms. Green Fuse Botanicals has three distinct varieties in the First Light Perennial collection. All three varieties are first year flowering, requiring no vernalization. Consequently, they can be received later in the growing calendar, greatly reducing crop times. These perennials will also flower continuously through the first spring/summer, allowing the grower to produce them any time during the growing season. With a bit of plant […]

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August 24, 2012

Impatiens Are Not Down And Out

Impatiens — it’s not only a plant genus; these days, it’s a state of mind. With confirmed reports of Impatiens Downy Mildew in more than 20 states as of July 31 and disease pressure in 2013 expected to be worse, the industry is beginning to understand just how serious this issue could be for producers who grow one of the most popular bedding plants in America. “Impatiens avoidance behavior will largely be seen for the first time in 2013,” says Cornell University Plant Pathologist Margery Daughtrey. “More outbreaks are occurring all the time that will continue to affect customer demand next spring. The amount of inoculum available in the trade and in the garden beds will interact with the spring weather patterns to determine what will happen next year — and those are all unknowns.” But it’s not all bad news. Growers who preventatively treated for Impatiens Downy Mildew and […]

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August 7, 2012

Diagnosing Pansy Nutritional Disorders: Part III

Learn how to manage and correct common nutritional concerns in pansies, especially pH and EC problems, in this episode of FloriCAST from Brian Whipker.

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July 25, 2012

Nutritional Problems In Pansy: Part II

What nutritional disorders cause necrosis, multi-colored leaves, interveinal chlorosis, yellowing and bleaching in upper leaves or over the whole plant in pansies? Listen to this episode of FloriCAST from Brian Whipker for possible causes to these problems.

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July 11, 2012

Lower Leaf Problems In Pansy: Diagnosing Nutritional Disorders

What could be causing purpling, yellowing or necrosis in the lower leaves of pansies? Listen to this episode of FloriCAST from Brian Whipker for possible nutrient deficiencies that may be causing these problems.

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May 25, 2012

Hydroponics Give Growers Control

Hydroponic systems allow for better control of nutrient uptake and improved temperature and oxygen management of the root zone. The more control a grower has, the more optimized conditions can be provided to the plants.

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April 3, 2012

Diagnosing EC and pH Nutritional Disorders In Petunia

What are your most common concerns with petunia nutrition? Brian Whipker bets it’s pH or EC. In this episode of FloriCAST, Whipker shares advice on corrective procedures for hitting target ranges of pH and EC.

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March 20, 2012

Upper Leaf And Entire Plant Problems: Diagnosing Petunia Nutritional Disorders

When petunia stretches, isn’t very full or is chlorotic or deformed, you definitely want to look out for nutritional deficiencies. Take a look at some examples in this episode of FloriCAST from Brian Whipker.

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February 28, 2012

Lower Leaf Problems: Diagnosing Petunia Nutritional Disorders

Some nutritional disorders in petunias manifest themselves in problems with lower leaves. Take a look and listen to what you can do to diagnose them in this episode of FloriCAST from Brian Whipker.

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November 21, 2011

Media Mix Case Studies: Test Your Problem Solving Skills

See if you can solve the mysteries in these two case studies: an inconsistent calibrachoa crop and poinsettias that drop their lower leaves.

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November 21, 2011

Identifying Nutrient Deficiencies Made Easy Part II

Is that purpling on your petunias a phosphorous deficiency or something else? You can tell a lot about a deficiency depending on where the symptoms occur on the plant. Take a look at the symptoms of deficiencies of mobile (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium) and partially mobile (sulfur and molybdenum) elements.

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