December 2016 – Available exclusively from Emerald Coast Growers, Calamagrostis ‘Hello Spring!’™ offers a cheery greeting with its beautiful variegated form.
December 2016 – Miscanthus Scout™ (‘M77’) PPAF presented by Emerald Coast Growers salutes gardens with slender green blades and white midribs that take on spectacular fall colour.
December 2016 – Stokesia ‘Blue Frills’ (USPPAF) features loads of 2.5-3” free-flowering, electric violet blue blooms. The vase-shaped flower canopy is fuller than ‘Peachie’s Pick,’ with great flower display above the foliage.
December 2016 – A contemporary take on a popular classic, Coleus ‘Main Street Michigan Avenue’ from Dümmen Orange will hold its colour even under high light conditions.
December 2016 – Glamorous is the perfect way to describe this new beauty. Its fuchsia pink blooms provide gorgeous colour as early as Week 7, continuing into fall without deadheading.
December 2016 – Meet your new go-to plant for designer combinations.
Nov. 25, 2016 –TALUS™ from Engage Agro is a highly effective group 16 insect growth regulator (ai: buprofezin) that selectively targets whiteflies with no harmful effects to beneficial insects and pollinators.
Nov. 25, 2016 – FujiMite® from Engage Agro is a group 21 contact miticide/insecticide (ai: fenpyroximate) with broad spectrum control of mites as well as suppression of whiteflies.
November 2016 – A backdrop of dramatic deep green foliage makes the apricot yellow, semi-double flowers of this beauty look especially Dahlightful™!
November 2016 – With tremendous impulse appeal at retail, Superbena® Sparkling Amethyst bears large clusters of amethyst purple flowers kissed with rosy purple centers.
November 2016 – Comprised entirely of ‘Volcano’ Calibrachoa varieties, ‘Hawaiian Kea’ is a brand new, cheerful mix from Dümmen Orange.
November 2016 – De Ruiter’s DRK936 is a pink plum tomato with a strong crop, high production and pleasant savory taste.  Average fruit weight is between 60-80 grams. www.deruiterseeds.com
Nov. 9, 2016, Brampton, Ont. – Modular Farms Inc., a Canadian start-up founded in 2015, has developed its first modular farm unit.
Nov. 3, 2016, Emeryville, CA – LumiGrow Research, the research division of horticultural LED lighting manufacturer LumiGrow, Inc., released four new scientific posters that show how light spectra can influence plant characteristics and commercial production.
Nov. 3, 2016, Grassie, Ont. – Ron Berkhout has joined VRE Systems to help the company further develop the growing cannabis sector in North America.
Oct. 27, 2016 – Basil’s intense flavour and fragrance are what sustain its popularity among growers and consumers. These come from phenolic compounds such as rosmarinic, caffeic and chicoric acids among others, however it has been unclear how LED light influences the development of these.
Oct. 21, 2106, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has announced the launch of the Philips GreenPower LED flowering lamp 2.0, an even more energy efficient way to extend daylight or interrupt the night growing cycle in greenhouses for growers that cultivate strawberries, cut flowers, bedding plants and cuttings.
Sept. 30, 2016, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – U.K.’s largest tomato grower APS Salads and supermarket tomato supplier Flavour Fresh Solfresh Group have both completed their first 12- and 10-month growing cycles, respectively, using 100 per cent Philips LED lighting.
October 2016 – Greenhouse producers are long familiar with using high-pressure sodium lamps to compensate for reduced sunlight. Not so long ago LEDs started to make inroads into the industry. Because of their ease of maintenance, longevity and energy saving benefits this technology is no longer necessarily cutting edge.
October 2016 – Lighting is one of the most important inputs in controlled environment (ex. greenhouse and plant factories) plant production that we have the ability to manage in order to achieve our production goals. There is an astounding variability in how plants utilize light for photosynthesis as well as perceive and respond to their lighting environment.
October 2016 – It was at the age of 44 that Bob Mitchell decided he wanted to try greenhouse cultivation.
Aug. 2, 2106, Durham, NH – University of New Hampshire researchers have received a three-year grant for nearly $250,000 that will substantially expand research that aims to improve nutrient and pest management in high tunnel tomato production.
July 28, 2016, Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Philips Horticulture LED Solutions, a leading provider of LED lighting solutions for the horticulture industry, and Light4Food, an innovator in closed cultivation systems, have announced their partner agreement to supply LED lighting systems for greenhouses and vertical farms.
July 28, 2016, Tel Aviv, Israel – Netafim, the global leader in smart irrigation solutions for a sustainable future, has released its 2015 Sustainability Report, which demonstrates how its 2020 Sustainability Strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)recently adopted by the UN.
Nov. 9, 2016, Davis, CA – BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and crop yield improvement, announced that it has raised this year a total of $12 million for future growth.
Nov. 2, 2016, Whitby, Ont. – NOA Fisheries is hosting a three-day aquaponics course early next week (Nov 7-9).
Oct. 26, 2016 – Thrips are one of the most serious greenhouse pests, with an especially large host range that makes most greenhouse crops vulnerable. Thrips readily develop resistance to pesticides, to the point where, in some countries, there are few or no effective pesticides available to control them.
November 2016 – The pepper weevil (Anthoomus eugenii) [Figure 1] is recognized around the world as a serious pest that can have potentially catastrophic consequences for pepper growers. The pepper weevil is so named because its larvae develop only on pepper and eggplant crops, which are members of the Solanaceous plant family.
Oct. 7, 2016, Niagara Falls, Ont. – Crop Defenders Ltd. surveyed attendees at this week’s Canadian Greenhouse Conference, asking about this year’s major pests and diseases in ornamental and vegetable crops.
Sept. 16, 2016, Simcoe, Ont. – Thrips are one of the most serious greenhouse pests, with an especially large host range that makes most greenhouse crops vulnerable.
October 2016 – In early July 2016, after a very hot and dry start to the summer, reports emerged from a number of greenhouse flower growers of a sudden increase in western flower thrips being caught on sticky traps. This subsequently led to pest establishment and the sudden appearance of (sometimes) severe damage in a number of ornamental crops.
October 2016 – Silicon (Si) is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust next to oxygen . It is a major component of plant tissue. It is found in varying concentrations in virtually all living tissue, plants, animals and humans.
October 2016 – Talking about root zone is always fascinating to me because it is the foundation of all greenhouse crops and it is hidden from our eyes. The tops we can easily see but the tops depend on the roots, and the roots depend on the health of the tops!
October 2016 – A deleafing robot cleaned up the top award at this year’s GreenTech Show held in mid-June in Amsterdam.
September 2016 – Just recently, Dr. Tim O’Neil from ADAS in the U.K. spoke to Canadian growers on the topic of Root Mat Disorder (“Crazy Root,” as it’s called here). This has been seen on hydroponic cucumbers in the U.K. since 1993 and tomato crops throughout Europe (especially the Netherlands and France) a few years later.
September 2016 – Insects pose one of the greatest challenges to humans when it comes to crop production and human health.
Nov. 2, 2016, De Lier, the Netherlands – Dümmen Orange is taking the next step in uniting the world through the language of flowers as it launches its online product catalogue and an improved website.
Nov. 1, 2016, Vineland Station, Ont. – One of the world’s leading horticultural research centres has posted an impact study of its first decade of innovation.
Oct. 28, 2016, Vineland Station, Ont. – The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is receiving a $920,000 federal investment to develop new disease-resistant apple and greenhouse tomato varieties that will contribute to the long-term growth and profitability of these two sectors.
November 2016 – When it comes to marketing, we’ve all seen those quirky tag lines or pub-quiz style snippets that pique our interest and make us look further behind a product.
November 2016 – It feels like just a few months since Greenhouse Canada last asked for a “trends” article, but it was actually two years. Time really doesn’t care whether you’re having fun.
November 2016 – They’re greenhouse vegetable growers, flower growers, specialty crop specialists or plant retailers, and they’re this year’s Top 10 Under 40 award winners. While they may have different crops or businesses, they all share the same passion for plants.
November 2016 – In my last article (October 2016) we focused on building sales by removing confusion. In this article I want to focus on the playground strategy in your business.Consumer research indicates that the main reason consumers are shopping at lifestyle retail outlets, such as garden centres, is that they come for an experience. The product can be purchased online.One of the keys to building sales is to analyze how you build an experience.In my DayMaker workshops, group members often disagree that one of the objectives should be happy customers. Part of any marketing plan should aim at making consumers happier – if you do, I guarantee the average sale will increase.This, then, is the importance of the playground policy. This is a strategy to use space to entertain your customers rather than a space from which you sell product to them. That space can be used in many ways. I recently visited a Swiss garden centre that had converted part of the plant area in winter into an ice skating rink. The plant area was a busy location for teenagers in a garden centre in November … something that is rarely seen.In my view, the playground strategy should focus on your target market and enhancing what you already do. Many garden centres, for example, have set space aside for garden classes. Workshops that have intrigued customers and attracted large crowds of gardeners include:Eat Your Weeds: Consumers are fascinated that many of the weeds in their garden can be used in a salad, soup or garnish to a meal. A workshop organized with a local chef who understands how to engage with the consumer and develop weed tastings in the garden centre will intrigue your customers. Plus, it is something that is difficult to learn from on the Internet, although it is possible.Grow your Own Blueberry Pie: Following on from the previous theme, more and more consumers are looking to grow their own food. The challenge is how do you prepare it for a meal. The Nurseryland garden centre group in Canada has developed a marketing campaign on “Grow Your Own XXXX.” They have focused on the end product rather than the plant. This especially appeals to millennial consumers who always start with the end in mind.A garden centre can take this to the next level and the plant manager and a local chef could join forces and do workshops on the growing and food preparation. Flower Arranging with Vegetables: One of our local florists developed a workshop where they did floral arrangements using vegetables and fruit. This proved to be highly successful as a workshop. They ran the workshops at farmer’s markets, but I can see no reason why this could not have been done in a garden centre.Secret Gardens: We all love discovering something that nobody else in our circle has discovered. I have one client who starts a workshop in the plant area of the garden centre and then takes the group to private gardens of some of the customers. The day finishes back at the garden centre and shows the plants in the retail area that were on show in the gardens. The garden owners are thrilled to show off their gardens and the visitors are thrilled to see gardens they would not normally see, while the garden centre builds plant sales and loyalty. All are winners: Brainstorm what can be done with space as a playground to enrich the customer experience and loyalty will build as well as sales.John Stanley is a retail business coach, consultant, speaker and author. His expertise is in customer focused layout, merchandising, marketing and branding, and customer-focused selling and service. Visit his website at www.johnstanley.com.au.
November 2016 – If there’s a single word to sum up industry leaders, current or emerging, it would be “passion.”
Oct. 18, 2016, Vineland Station, Ont. – Updates on some of the world’s leading horticulture research are now online.
Oct. 17, 2016, Ottawa – The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has developed the Ag Smart-Association App (ASApp) to help agricultural associations save money, engage members and improve revenues through a powerful new phone app. After rigorous testing, ASApp was launched this fall via Apple and Google App stores.
Oct. 17, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – The latest round of Ontario farm property assessments are in the mail. Every four years, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) updates assessments on all properties for tax purposes, including farm property. This year’s assessments reflect new property values as of Jan. 1, 2016.
Sept. 29, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Fall is just around the corner and as the leaves begin to change, so do the flowers that are in season. Soon, everywhere you look there will new brides planning the happiest day of their lives and a big part of wedding planning is choosing the right flowers to fit the bride (and groom’s) vision. Flowers set the feel of the wedding and whether they are bright and bold or soft and subtle, the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutineers are an important part of any wedding. Luckily, brides do not have to look too far when trying to pick the right flowers.  “Ontario greenhouse growers produce a wide variety of flowers that are perfect for the big day,” says Dejan Kristan, marketing director for Pick Ontario. ”For autumn weddings, flowers and plants like asters, celosia, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, zinnia, sedum, eucalyptus, and succulents can add lots of interesting texture and a seasonal look to your arrangements and bouquets.” HERE ARE KRISTAN'S TOP FALL WEDDING PICKS• Matsumoto asters are a cheerful addition to any bouquet. Their bright yellow centers give them a daisy-like charm.• Celosia plumes are great for boutonnieres, and add brilliant colour and feathery texture to arrangements.     • Use tall sunflowers to add height and a bold splash to mixed arrangements. A fun flower that is also so recognizably “autumn.”• Chrysanthemums are another classic bloom that radiates with the beauty of the fall season, especially when using them in warm tones of reds and oranges.• Succulents are not only trendy, but also extremely hardy and you can enjoy them long after your wedding day is over. They add unique shapes and texture to your arrangements.• Talk to your florist and experiment with hardy stems like the silver dollar eucalyptus, curly willows, and rose hips. All add soft colour and something special to your bouquets and table arrangements.• Spray roses offer the beauty and fragrance of roses, but on a charming miniature scale. Each branched stem has multiple blooms, which make excellent fillers in large arrangements. LOCALLY GROWN FLOWERSIt is highly recommended for brides and grooms to choose locally grown flowers. By doing so, the longevity of the flowers is highly maximized and they can be enjoyed even after the day has passed. Local flowers also tend to have more fragrance than those imported, as their scent comes from natural chemicals that they release into the air. Imported flowers often lose these chemicals during their long transportation, so the shorter the trip the longer the scent of the flowers will last. “Flowers are one of the most essential parts of any wedding and fall is the perfect time to experiment with soft colours, unique textures and various types of blossoms,” adds Kristan. “I don’t think there is a better way to enhance the happiest day of your life than with fresh, locally grown flowers that smell like they’ve been picked that morning.” For more information, please visit www.pickontario.ca. Follow @pickOntario on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook. ABOUT PICKONTARIOPickOntario is an initiative developed by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants. When you pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 200 greenhouse farmers who employ approximately 9,000 people in our province. The growers in Ontario work hard to produce quality flowers and use the latest trends in technology and growing techniques to ensure their products are delivered fresh to local retail establishments, daily.
Nov. 25, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Affordable energy is a serious issue in Ontario. Rural Ontario is the hardest hit by energy inflation with most businesses, residents and farms relying on electricity, propane or heating oil to support their way of life.
Nov. 7, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – The need for natural gas across rural Ontario is a top priority for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and rural municipalities.
November 2016 – Greenhouses provide vegetable and flower growers with the ability to control all the inputs needed to yield healthy, plentiful crops. In a greenhouse, growers can tailor the amount of light, CO2, moisture, heat and cold, and other variables in order to improve both the quality and quantity of their production.
June 2016 – If it’s true that each food unit we consume now takes about 10 units of carbon energy to produce, then perhaps the food system is broken. Surely it does not make sense to use more energy to produce something than we can get back out of it in useful food energy. What options do we have?
June 2016 – In our August edition last year we presented an overview of a few of the new alternative energy projects across the country. This year, we have more exciting news to share, along with some recent updates.
Oct. 1, 2015, Moberly Lake, B.C. – The Saulteau First Nations are replacing a plant nursery’s propane heating with a biomass heating system, with funding support of $150,000 from B.C.’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.
June 23, 2015, Windsor — Greenhouse operators in the Windsor-Essex Region will reduce their electricity costs and expand their production by taking advantage of electricity programs offered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
Juned 2015 – This month we carry on the theme looking at alternative energy options, now considering potential “free” energy opportunities.
June 2015 – Natural gas prices may have dipped the past few years, but there’s still considerable interest in biomass heating.
June 2015 – Year-round vegetable production capability may well be just around the corner. Once accomplished, it will be a major assist for growers seeking to tap into new markets.
May 7, 2015, Montreal – The national research network BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) has just released $8.5 million in funding for research and commercialization of advanced biofuels, which are produced from non-food materials – primarily waste.
April 26, 2015, Leamington, Ont. – Ontario’s 2015 budget included some good news for Ontario’s greenhouse sector.
Nov. 11, 2016 – Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs have received Direct Gardening Association (DGA) awards for Purple Pillar™ Rose of Sharon hibiscus and Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea.
Nov. 7, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corporation has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tweed Inc. has received approval to begin using its new breeding area at 1 Hershey Drive in Smiths Falls.
Oct. 31, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Farms Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has received its license to sell dried cannabis products.
November 2016 – This year featured a much warmer than usual summer, by far the hottest summer I have seen since we first hosted the Sawaya Garden Trials 16 years ago.
Oct. 23, 2016, Jupiter, FL – In a discovery that advances the understanding of how marijuana works in the human body, an international group of scientists, including those from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have for the first time created a three-dimensional atomic-level image of the molecular structure activated by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana.
Oct. 17, 2016,  Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc. (Tweed), Canada’s largest and most recognized producer of cannabis, and Snoop Dogg (Snoop), the world’s most renowned cannabis connoisseur, are please to announce that Leafs by Snoop will be available in Canada this October, exclusively to customers registered with Tweed.Since announcing this first-of-a-kind partnership in February, Tweed and the iconic entrepreneur have been carefully working to select, phenotype, and ultimately produce a selection of cannabis strains that represent the highest quality of flower, while meeting a cross-section of patient needs. The Tweed Shop will soon be home to the first three Canadian Leafs by Snoop varieties – Sunset, Ocean View and Palm Tree CBD – a nod to the West Coast rapper’s California heritage.“At this stage in his career, Snoop is much more than an artist, entertainer and entrepreneur,” said Mark Zekulin, President of Tweed. “He’s also one of the most trusted voices in cannabis the world over. With this partnership we’re welcoming a cannabis culture icon into the Canadian industry, and as a true partner of the Tweed team.”Starting with three whole-flower dried cannabis strains and expanding over time, Leafs by Snoop will be a full spectrum offering of diverse strains including a high CBD option and mid to high-range THC options.To celebrate the launch of Leafs by Snoop – available north of the border for the first time – Tweed will be throwing Snoop a private birthday party for him and a thousand of his closest Tweed Friends on October 27th in Toronto.“Like hip-hop, cannabis is as much a lifestyle as it is a culture. Leafs by Snoop is an expression of my experience with that culture over decades on the scene,” says Snoop. “What started for me in the 90s in Cali now has a home in places like Colorado, where real progress is being made. Now that Leafs by Snoop is coming to Tweed, I’ll be able to share my passion for the best cannabis on the planet with Canada.”ABOUT TWEED INC.Tweed is one of the most recognized marijuana production brands in the world. It has built a large and loyal following by focusing on quality products and meaningful customer relationships. Tweed doesn’t just sell marijuana, it facilitates a conversation about a product we’ve all heard about but haven’t met intimately yet.Tweed Smiths Falls is housed in the former Hershey Chocolate factory at 1 Hershey Drive, and comprises 40 acres of land with over 460,000 sq. ft. of available space. Tweed occupies 168,000 sq. ft. of licensed production space, plus office space where Canopy’s head office drives the vision forward. It is a data-driven, automated and lean operation, housing an R&D facility, oil extraction infrastructure, and in-house lab. Precise climate controlled spaces for each stage of cannabis production, from clone to cured bud, allows for the highest quality and widest variety of product in the sector. Tweed is partnered with some of the leading names in the sector including legendary breeders DNA Genetics and iconic cannabis connoisseur Snoop Dogg.ABOUT LEAFS BY SNOOPLeafs By Snoop is the premier cannabis brand by entertainment icon Snoop Dogg, and is currently distributed in Colorado retailers, and nationally in Canada for medical patients. Products in the United States and Canada include flower, and concentrates and edibles are available in Colorado, all of which are personally selected by Snoop Dogg. Leafs by Snoop embodies the California Cool lifestyle, and has a variety of products available for every cannabis consumer.ABOUT CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATIONCanopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering diverse brands and curated cannabis strain varieties in dried and oil extract forms. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Tweed, Tweed Farms, and Bedrocan Canada, Canopy Growth operates three state-of-the-art production facilities with over half a million square feet of indoor and greenhouse production capacity.
Sept. 29, 2016, Vineland Station, Ont. – As the cannabis industry continues to gain legal status around the world, more and more cannabis growers are learning about commercial scale horticultural production techniques, and of course, that means greenhouse growing.
Sept. 19, 2016, College Station, TX – The U.S. cut flower industry all but wilted over the past 20 years, but much of the loss stems from lack of progress that could blossom under more university research, according to Jim Daly, keynoter at the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture lecture at Texas A&M University.
Sept. 16, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has opened a state-of-the art cannabis breeding facility within its Smiths Falls headquarters.
Sept. 16, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc.,  a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has launched ‘Lemon Skunk’ in the Tweed store.
October 2016 – The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) came into effect in late August. In essence this allows Canadian medical marijuana patients to grow their own or select an independent grower to grow for them, rather than by purchasing through large-scale licensed producers.
Aug. 22, 2016, Ancaster, Ont. – The Green Organic Dutchman Ltd. is now a Licensed Producer under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

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