May 2015 – Biobest has expanded its bumblebee lineup with Turbo hives....
May 2015 – Canada Post’s much-anticipated annual floral series is this year featuring fresh-faced pansies...
May 2015 – The “Aqua Pad in Tray” is a unique system for reducing plant losses in the retail sector by 10 per cent as well as prolonging the life of the plant by up to 30 per cent...
May 2015 – De Ruiter ‘DR5048PB’ is a yellow blocky pepper hybrid developed for the Ontario bulk market. Its size and production potential provides growers with a great new option for this segment...
May 2015 – The strong upright stems of Penstemon Boysenberry Taffy (pictured) bear wide trumpets for up to two months with deadheading. It works well for good cut flowers and feature sprightly spikes of berry-wine blooms with small white throats...
May 2015 – Selecta introduces even more colours to its popular MiniFamousrm Double series of calibrachoa. New ‘Chiffon’ is a silvery pink/lavender hue great for creative mixed combos. The new ‘Purple’ is a key must-have colour to round out the series...
May 2015 – Gypsophila ‘Festival Pink Lady’ from Danziger prolifically produces clusters of beautiful light pink semi-double flowers. It flowers for an extended period from spring through fall and under long day conditions blooms early...
May 2015 – ‘DR4879CE’ is a summer cucumber hybrid currently in De Ruiter trials. Trials in 2014 in both Ontario and British Columbia showed a competitive level of production with improved fruit quality...
May 2015 – Spathoglottis ‘Far Out FrecklesPPAF’ a beautiful new hybrid from Oglesby’s in-house breeding program...
March/April 2015 – The new variety “Marola RZ” is an exciting newcomer in the Roma segment! It is easy setting and very uniform in fruit size (average 100-120 grams) and has excellent fruit shape...
March/April 2015 –Danziger's Heucherella hybrida KirellaTM series comes out with two magnificent leaf colours...
March/April 2015 – Cannova is the first seed-grown F1 canna series with more versatility and better economy than tissue culture cannas...
March 13, 2015, London, U.K. – A London-based producer of leafy greens has selected Valoya’s LED lights for the initial phase of its multi-layer, underground production facility.
March 13, 2015 – Brett Martin, one of the most successful European manufacturing companies, and IP-Plastic Wisconsin, have joined forces to serve the North American horticultural market.
March 13, 2015, Toronto – Ontario’s public safety regulator, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), has launched its inaugural Safety Awards program.
March 5, 2015 – LED horticultural lighting is a hot topic with growers these days and LumiGrow will be sharing some of its latest research during a webinar tomorrow (March 6).
March 5, 2015 – Heater maintenance and proper ventilation will help you avoid this common spring problem.
March 4, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – There was a steady stream of new ideas discussed yesterday at a major farm water management conference.
The 2015 Pacific Agriculture Show has wound up and with it another series of fascinating presentations of the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association “Grower Short Course.”
During every busy shipping season you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place.
Ontario is making it easier for greenhouse growers to comply with regulations regarding the disposal of greenhouse nutrient feedwater by streamlining environmental compliance that will benefit farmers and enhance protection of the environment.
Feb. 26, 2015 — Nothing lasts forever, and fertilizer injectors are no exception.
Feb. 19, 2015 — Regardless of where we live, almost all of us have to deal with snow on our greenhouse from time to time.
Feb. 11, 2015, Burnaby, B.C. — Research to develop new smart-materials technology for handling delicate objects – including fruits and vegetables – is among Simon Fraser University projects sharing in more than $1.5 million in new money for projects funded by a federal government research-grant agency.
April 24, 2015 – Technological advances by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are continuing to improve the way beneficial fungi are formulated for use as biopesticides.
April 24, 2015 – INSV can cause a broad range of symptoms and symptoms can be quite variable on different hosts. In this e-Gro Alert, we’ve compiled for reference a few photos of symptoms of INSV on plants that are commonly affected.
April 23, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – The Stockton Group, a leader in plant extract-based crop protection innovation, has signed a Distribution Agreement with Engage Agro, a Canadian company focused on providing growers with new and unique crop management solutions.
April 20, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. – Floriculture growers have a new IPM tool.
Having recently changed jobs and cities, I’ve been thinking a lot about dealing with “newness.” Specifically, how do you keep the old parts of your life that you cherish (friendships, projects) going, while still keeping yourself open for new opportunities?
May 2015 – The roots of this article started in March when I visited a bedding plant greenhouse. I am involved in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) project funded by the Alberta Crops Industry Development Fund (ACIDF) and the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association.
April 27, 2015 – Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of elements, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental.
May 2015 – Every sector of the greenhouse industry, whether it is flowers or vegetables, knows that we have to get away from using chemicals, for the undisputable reason that this is what the consumer demands.
April 9, 2015 – Are you having trouble with lantana? Slow growth, little branching, or plants that are too big for their container?
March 30, 2015, Washington, DC and Columbus, OH – The Horticultural Research Institute, in collaboration with AmericanHort, Society of American Florists, and the American Floral Endowment, have created an educational video that provides information on the horticultural industry’s essential role in bee and pollinator stewardship.
March 27, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is investing $143,260 in the greenhouse biocontrol program at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. (Le français suit.)
March 27, 2015 – We’ve been seeing more begonias on greenhouse benches over the past few years.
April 24, 2015 – Increased efficiencies, the newest varieties that are turning heads, and how LEDs will soon change your greenhouse are three topics scheduled so far with our 2015 webinar series.
April 21, 2015, Exeter, Ont. – Exeter Produce has launched its new Salanova® Living Lettuce.
April 17, 2015 – Some 2,747 retail garden centre employees have taken advantage of the free Certified Retailer Training Program from Proven Winners so far this spring.
May 2015 – Use of biological control in an IPM system is pretty much standard practice for environmentally conscious and customer-focused growers these days, both under protected cultivation and increasingly for field grown crop, too.
May 2015 – There’s a lot of confidence in the industry, according to our 2015 Grower Survey. Profits are higher and prices are rising.
May 2015 – The new realities of marketing are incredibly complex and, if not fully understood, can waste vast amounts of time and hard-earned dollars.
May 2015 – Today’s markets make it tougher and tougher to maintain margins, which are thin and volatile to begin with. The workforce is typically multi-generational and international in nature, creating challenges to productivity and communication.
April 2, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA) will access up to $2.3 million, through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)'s AgriInnovation Program, to lead a national research cluster; addressing top industry priorities, increasing competitiveness and sustainability, and creating economic growth and market expansion.
March 27, 2015, Toronto – Fresh, locally grown foods not only taste great, but they look good, too, in creative retail displays.
March 13, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – Farm safety is a very serious matter. As farmers, we’ve all been touched by on-farm injuries or deaths.
March 11, 2015, Kingsville, Ont. – For the sixth consecutive year, Mastronardi Produce has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
There is a future in flowers.
April 26, 2015, Leamington, Ont. – Ontario’s 2015 budget included some good news for Ontario’s greenhouse sector.
April 26, 2015, Guelph, Ont. – The provincial budget focused on much needed investment in transportation infrastructure but failed to support Ontario farmers with rising on-farm energy costs.
March 29, 2015, Madrid, Spain – Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Università Politecnica delle Marche have found that green roofs with high vegetation density are 60 per cent more efficient than non-green roofs.
March 15, 2015, Toronto – Red Sun Farms is again on the rise.
Jan. 27, 2015, Montreal — For those off the gas grid, wood pellets offer a Canadian-made, carbon-neutral way to heat their operations.
Dec. 5, 2014, Guelph, Ont. — One of the biggest costs of running a farm is energy. Ontario farmers are increasingly concerned about the rising costs of energy required to operate their farm businesses. Energy costs are making Ontario farms less competitive domestically and in the global market.
Nov. 28, 2014, Toronto — Truly Green Farms has been named one of three Leaders In Innovation with this year’s Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program.
June 27, 2014, Surrey, B.C. — At the time of this writing, agricultural practitioners and land developers, together with oil and natural gas pipeline proponents and residents of B.C. are debating and defending (or not defending, as the case may be) the merits of “Bill 24 – 2014, Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act.”
June 27, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — This past winter has been a tough one for Ontario greenhouse operators.
Jan. 1, 2014, Toronto — The Ontario government gave its greenhouse industry an early Christmas present. The gift was neatly wrapped up in the government’s Long Term Energy Plan, released Dec. 2.
Sept. 3, 2013, Leamington, Ont. – New Energy Farms is hosting a demonstration of leading technologies for the establishment of fuel, feed and fibre crops using CEEDS™ technology.
Eating tomatoes grown near a landfill site may not initially sound appetizing, but it could be the most eco-friendly way to enjoy local tomatoes all year round.
April 9, Downers Grove, IL – All-America Selections (AAS) has a long, 80-plus-year history of being the only independent North American trialing organization that works with new varieties and then grants branded awards to the best performers.
April 2, 2015, Columbus, OH – Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 International Plantscape Awards. The awards program is open to all individuals or firms actively involved in interior plantscaping.
March 23, 2015, Beit Dagan, Israel – The Lobularia Stream series from Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm has been awarded Plant of the Year 2015 distinction by the Saxony, Germany, trial station.
March 19, 2015, Leamington, Ont. – Nature Fresh has taken its “eat brighter™” message to local schools after a successful launch at the SEPC’s Southern Exposure event last month.
March 12, 2015, Toronto – A number of industry experts will be leading gardening sessions at this year’s Canada Blooms, which runs March 13-22 at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place.
Feb. 25, 2015, Harrow, Ont. — Cara McCreary is the new greenhouse vegetable IPM specialist with OMAFRA.
Feb. 9, 2015, Berlin — Duijvestijn Tomaten from the Netherlands was named the world’s best tomato grower during the second edition of the Tomato Inspiration Event.
Feb. 6, 2015, Ottawa — Canada is again looking at imports of Dutch greenhouse bell peppers.
Feb. 6, 2015, Wageningen, the Netherlands — Work will start soon on Sweeper, an innovation-driven international research program for the development of the first generation, market-ready sweet pepper harvesting robot.
Feb. 2, 2015, Vancouver — Village Farms International, Inc. has signed a long-term exclusive seed agreement with Axia Vegetable Seeds, BV.
Jan. 28, 2015, Kelowna, B.C. — Kelowna is tweaking one of its zoning bylaws to prepare for an onslaught of applications for legal medical marijuana grow-ops.
February 2015 – As key accounts manager at Emerald Coast Growers, a wholesale propagator in Florida, Pamela Straub is comfortable with the business side of the plant business. But she has deep roots in the artistic side, too, and it shows in her combination planters.Straub studied art history in college, with a background in landscape design. “I’ve designed landscapes, courtyards, and storefronts,” she says. “I’ve also worked in the graphics field, as an account executive.” Besides school and work experience, she adds, “I’ve always been interested in fine art. Pre-children, I would spend hours scouring art and design books, blogs, and magazines.”The stock container recipe, “thrillers, fillers and spillers” is not Straub’s preferred approach. “It works, of course; that’s why it’s used so often. But I like to challenge conventional design – challenge the eye with something unexpected, challenge what the majority defines as beautiful.” How is that done?“I love texture and contrasting forms,” Straub says. One class of plants gives you both: grasses. “Grasses in containers is a go-to for me,” she says. “It’s not a new concept, but you still don’t see them used often, or in different, interesting ways.”One challenge retailers face is how to merchandise grasses effectively. Display gardens are the ideal way to inspire gardeners with take-home ideas; but it’s hard to find the room, and maintenance can be costly and time-consuming. NO NEED TO “LUMP” ALL THE GRASSES TOGETHERA frequent default is to lump all grasses together on a bench or two somewhere near the alphabetically arranged perennials – the dreaded “ghetto-izing” that garden centre gurus rail against. And “few displays are duller than a grass ghetto,” Straub says. “Grasses show best when interspersed among other plants. Containers to the rescue! Complements, contrast and inspiration in a compact space.”Designing for retail settings rather than residential or corporate clients is a disciplined art. Obviously, the best combos incorporate products the garden centre sells. Naturally, you assign design to your most creative staffer, but their wilder impulses may require curbing. If customers can’t find it in inventory and cart it to the cash register, it doesn’t belong in the pot. Working in wholesale, Straub’s creative outlet is the summer trade show circuit. The company’s booths always feature her lush mixed containers, starring (naturally) ECG’s ornamental grasses and perennials. Increasingly, customers seek native grasses like Panicum, Nassella and Isolepis.“I’m always thinking about the targeted market,” she says. Magazine editors and customers often stop to admire, photograph and presumably clone her creations, so “you have to be concerned with cultural needs and requirements just as much as aesthetics.” “A CROWDED CONTAINER WON’T LAST”In the booth, a combination only has to look great for three days. On an endcap or a customer’s patio, more longevity is called for. “Plant health is important, too,” says Straub. “A crowded container won’t last.”She likes to work in bold strokes. Her large, vividly coloured containers often feature the Pantone colour of the year. The 2015 choice, Marsala, is named for the red dessert wine it resembles. She feels it will work well with plants, perhaps pairing nicely with rich greens, and “it’s very close to the colours of some grass plumes and the fall foliage of many grasses,” particularly Panicum.DRAWN TO SUBTLE SHADES AND COOLER TONES“My POV is forever changing,” says the designer. “I love all colour! But I’m drawn to subtle shades and cooler tones – blues, whites, greens. I don’t fall in love with a pastel palette, but I can design with it. It depends on what/who I’m designing for.” Again, the targeted market is the determinant.She brings her training, design instincts and graphics sense to bear all year long, but especially at showtime. “My favourite ‘commission,’ ever,” she says, “is mixed containers.”John Friel is the marketing manager of Emerald Coast Growers. Visit their website at www.ecgrowers.com.PAMELA’S TIPS Pick the container first, then select plants that suit it. Keep containers in proportion with their contents. “Generally, your tallest plant shouldn’t be more than twice the height of its container.” Pay attention to more than just flower colour! “I try to keep all the foliage different for more eye appeal – not just blooms. That’s vital at trade shows, where low light and cold, dry air make flowers close or abort. The foliage must hold interest.” Use a free-draining potting medium. “I like bark and soilless peat mixes.” Containers, even large ones, needn’t cost a fortune. Taken care of between uses – don’t let ceramic pots freeze, keep plastics out of the sun – they’re reusable. With plastic and fiberglass, “A coat of paint is as good as a new pot.” For reliable results, build containers with finished or pre-finished larger pots. “I begin with our plugs. Depending on variety or application, I pot them in quarts, or all the way up to a three-gallon. This also gives me hands-on experience growing our products.” For more on perennials, visit the “Crops” section at greenhousecanada.com.
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