Florida Workshop to Offer Expert Advice on Plant Health in the Greenhouse

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS), in partnership with the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), is hosting a Plant Health on the Go workshop on December 3. The event is an opportunity for greenhouse growers to learn new plant health management techniques from horticulture experts. 

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The workshop includes lectures and hands-on demonstrations of biological control of pests, heat tolerance, disease management, weed management, LED lighting, and root health from UFIFAS experts at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) in Apopka. 

Building on the success of the Greenhouse Training Online courses, UFIFAS professor and Extension specialist Paul Fisher wanted to bring the courses to life and offer face-to-face instruction. 

 “This workshop will be beneficial for anyone producing plants in containers or hydroponics in a protected environment,” Fisher saysThis includes ornamentals in container nurseries, food crops in a greenhouse, and indoor growing of leafy greens or microgreensPlant health topics apply to a wide variety of crops, and we will focus on methods that are relevant across the board.” 

Over the last 20 years, UF/IFAS has held a poinsettia cultivar day in Gainesville each December. For the first time this year, the poinsettia day will be replaced with the Plant Health Workshop. UF students in Gainesville will continue to have a poinsettia sale for the public on December 6 and 7. 

“There have been many interesting new developments in horticulture and other ornamental crops, so we want to ensure our program supports a wide range of growers,” Fisher said. “Opportunities for networking, hands-on activities, and face-to-face interaction were important aspects of the poinsettia event, and we do not want to lose that benefit.” 

The event is part of the FNGLA’s “Education on the Go” series to bring educational sessions to growers’ backyards. 

“FNGLA has such a strong partnership with UF on many levels across many segments of the industry,” says Linda Reindl FNGLA’s Director of EducationWhether it is working with the Orange County Extension office to coordinate the Florida Flower Trials or with the main campus for our certification programs, we utilize expertise from UF staff and faculty and are fortunate our members can benefit from them.” 

Click here to register for the Plant Health On The Go event