September 2016 – Andropogon Red October is available from Emerald Coast Growers. Its deep green foliage darkens to purple in late summer, then vivid scarlet in autumn for spectacular late-season colour. Red October loves sun and reaches heights of 5 to 6 feet. It’s hardy in Zones 3 to 8. ecgrowers.com
September 2016 – It has great compact habit with the same bright gold flowers of Achillea 'Moonshine.' This petite beauty grows 9-12" tall by 10- 12" wide in sun. It is ideal for containers and smaller gardens and features early and long blooming – May to September.
September 2016 – The Lantana ‘Havana’ series is a brand new introduction from Dümmen Orange starring heat tolerant, compact Lantanas in five colours. The ‘Havana’ series features advanced genetics with moderate vigor and extra-large umbels.
September 2016 – The groundbreaking new Superbells Garden Rose is the first in a brand new line of Calibrachoa bred for landscape use rather than containers. It is extremely vigorous, quickly covering 2-3 feet of ground, and blooms all summer without deadheading.
September 2016 – The UpTick series has a tidy, mounded habit that makes it easy to ship. It’s also very attractive for landscape designs! This North American native offers bigger flowers and longer blooming for more color at retail and in the garden.
September 2016 – A perennial first: Now you can grow high-quality, affordable Perovskia from professional-grade seed. Blue Steel has higher and much more uniform germination than other seed varieties so you’ll grow top-notch plugs easily and efficiently.
September 2016 – Popular bicolour is now available in premium spreading/trailing Cool Wave Pansies. Cool Wave has superior overwintering – the earliest pansy to return in spring.
August 2016 – ‘Sweet Kiss’ is truly the ultimate home gardener strawberry. It is an everbearing variety that produces high yields, which means it will flower all summer long. It is zone 4 hardy so it will last the winter.
August 2016 – ‘Surfinia Heartbeat’ is an adorable novelty petunia with white flowers and a pattern of pink hearts! Plants have a compact mounding and trailing habit and are charming in hanging baskets, containers and window boxes.
August 2016 – The first Fuseables to contain the first seed calibrachoa, Kabloom™. The mix includes ‘Kabloom Yellow,’ plus denim and rose (not available separately). Fuseables let you stand out in a world of combos.
August 2016 – A new vegetative petunia series with big-time vigour with even bigger garden performance. ColorRush provides mounds of colour for municipal containers. It holds up in the heat and bounces back from rain like a champ.
August 2016 – A new addition to the interspecific series of Unbelievable begonias, ‘Unbelievable Tweetie Pie’ from Dümmen Orange displays extra-large, bright lemon flowers set off by dark foliage, giving it huge impact at retail.
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.
August 2016 – It’s that time of year again already. Except it’s not! Level 1 water restrictions came into effect in Metro Vancouver on May 15, two weeks earlier than in previous years, the result of requiring Level 3 restrictions last summer for the first time since 2003.
August 2016 – An Ontario-based agricultural automation leader in North America is now eyeing worldwide markets.
August 2016 – Murphy’s law states that if anything can possibly go wrong, it will. This may be why the biofuel supply chain – a complex sequence with numerous hurdles – has been identified as a key barrier to the development of a bioproduct industry in Canada.
Each year, Canadian greenhouse growers face a challenge nearly as old as the sun itself: during the darker days of a Canadian winter, nothing grows.
May 27, 2016, Elmira, Ont. – Philips Lighting, a Royal Philips company and global leader in lighting, recently teamed up with Elmira’s Own Produce for the installation of Philips GreenPower LED interlighting.
May 26, 2016, Beamsville, Ont. – The much anticipated new line of HortiLED products from PL Light Systems are now available in North America and will be officially debuted at the 2016 Cultivate tradeshow in Columbus, Ohio.
June 2016 – Weary of yearly whitewashing to protect their peppers from sunburn, Ontario’s NatureFresh™ Farms went in search of a more efficient option. They found the answer in double screening, a technique that European growers have been using with great success for years, but which is still relatively new to North America.
April 28, 2016, Abbotsford, B.C. – Affinor Growers Inc. has signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with a private B.C.-based company.
March 23, 2016, Brampton, Ont. – Greenhouse growers may soon be tapping into new wastewater treatment systems.
March 8, 2016, Peoria, Ill — Caterpillar Inc. and SunSelect Produce, Inc., known for producing premium greenhouse-grown vegetables for more than 30 years, have announced a strategic collaboration that will take the waste products of Caterpillar’s combined heat and power cogeneration facility in Mossville, Illinois, and put them to productive use in SunSelect hydroponic greenhouses.
August 2016 – Crop Defenders Ltd. considers pest management as having three major foundations: (1) good cleanout, (2) proficient scouting, and (3) timely/proactive treatment with biological control agents (biologicals).
August 2016 – You were first introduced to two Premier’s Award winners in our February issue in the cover story on urban agriculture.
August 2016 – Growing media for greenhouse crops fascinate me because as a greenhouse specialist in the early 1980s, I faced problems with the growing medium in which cucumbers were grown.
A grower recently sent me a pair of photos (1 and 2) of tomato plants.
Root zone management. Hmmm. Quick “Google” to see what’s out there. Oh. Apparently, the “Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is responsible for management of the DNS [Domain Name System] root zone. This role means assigning the operators of top-level domains, such as ‘.uk’ and ‘.com,’ and maintaining their technical and administrative details.”1 So, root zone management is a bigger topic than first thought!
April 14, 2016, Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands — Koppert Biological Systems is introducing high definition videos that feature the most prevalent pests and their natural enemies in the lead roles.
Whitefly is proving to be one of the most difficult pests to control, mainly due to the lack of effective registered chemicals that can eradicate silverleaf whitefly. It is also due to the unwillingness of biological suppliers to bring Eretmocerus mundus back to the market – the only predator proven to be effective against this pest.
Do plants have a language that we can learn to understand?
Orius insidiosus, also called Flower Bug or Minute Pirate Bug, is a local species of the United States and Canada. Most North American farmers are well aware of the importance and effectiveness of this species. Orius plays a vital role in controlling insect and mite pests on greenhouse crops as well as home gardens. Moreover, this bug is well known for its compatibility to work with other specialist and generalist predators.
When we talk about “biocontrol,” we’re normally referring to insect biological control agents such as Encarsia formosa, Amblyseius cucumeris (now a.k.a. Neoseiulus cucumeris) or Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoaspis miles, or whatever it is called this week).
GrowTrucks, LLC, the container farm division of Indoor Farms of America – maker of unique vertical aeroponic indoor farm equipment – has begun sales of its container farm using the latest patented technology in indoor agriculture.
March 10, 2016 — Coleus downy mildew can cause leaf spots, necrotic lesions, leaf twisting, leaf drop, and/or stunt. Management options include using less susceptible cultivars, good air movement, low humidity, and fungicides.
August 2016 – Our fall season really begins in summer, extends through Thanksgiving and Halloween, and on into the Christmas season. It should be our second mini spring. Fall is loaded with opportunities if we do some creative thinking and careful strategic planning. Frankly, most of us do half the job when full throttle is needed. Setting the tone creates the sales.
August 2016 – Almost a year of research is coming to fruition for the “Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture (SAWA)” project and the results indicate that more needs to be done to increase gender diversity in leadership roles in the industry.
August 2016 – Do greenhouses have distinct brand recognition?
July 5, 2016, Leamington, Ont. – NatureFresh™ Farms expansion to Ohio is not only giving consumers in the mid-west a great tomato on the vine with its OhioRed™ tomatoes, its giving the company an opportunity to develop year-round programs that are focused on locally grown products.
June 30, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Farmers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health, according to a new study from the University of Guelph.
June 29, 2016, Wapakoneta, OH – Red Sun Farms has invested in VectorBloc housing at its new Wapakoneta greenhouse location.
June 29, 2016 – Two Canadian retailers are on the newly formed Proven Winners retail advisory board has been formed. This board will be comprised of nine independent garden centre retailers, representing a wide-range of business sizes, services and locations.
The Praill family of Sarnia has particularly deep roots in the flower industry.
If there is one department in the garden centre that will change in the next few years, it must be the plant retail area. Today’s consumers say they want ideas and solutions when they visit a garden centre, but many retailers are still offering them lines of plants and confusing the buying decisions.
June 6, 2016, Vineland Station, Ont. – The skies were sunny, but the smiles inside the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre were even brighter last Friday with a pair of major funding announcements.
May 20, 2016, Mississauga, Ont. — As a chronic shortage of domestic workers on Canadian farms intensifies, demand is continuing to grow for a 50-year old labour program that helps Ontario farmers remain viable.
June 2016 – The Harrow Research and Development Centre is busily working to illuminate important new winter markets for Canadian greenhouse vegetable producers, all thanks to its year-round production initiatives.
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.
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.
July 28, 2016, Leamington, Ont. – Zing! European Runner Bean ready to go the distance.
July 25, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc., Canada’s largest medical marijuana producer, has received necessary approvals in Canada and Germany to begin export of medical cannabis for sale to German patients.
July 25, 2016, Simcoe, Ont. – Wonder what caught the eye of veteran horticulturist Brad McMillan of JVK who toured the Sawaya Garden Trials this past week?Here’s pictorial overview of his visit, with a number of his favourites. 1/ Betty bacopa 1/ Betty bacopa 2/ Calypha 2/ Calypha 3/ Candy Kisses 3/ Candy Kisses 4/ Amore 4/ Amore 5/ Mega Charms 5/ Mega Charms 6/ Evi Bright Pink 6/ Evi Bright Pink 7/ Flora Frisia Mandevillea 7/ Flora Frisia Mandevillea 8/ Grandstand Blue Bicolor 8/ Grandstand Blue Bicolor 9/ Saucy Coral 9/ Saucy Coral 10/ Mangave Pineapple Express 10/ Mangave Pineapple Express 11/ Bright Lights Yellow 11/ Bright Lights Yellow 12/ Megawatt 12/ Megawatt 13/ Pansiola 13/ Pansiola 14/ Picnic White Improved 14/ Picnic White Improved 15/ Power Daisy 15/ Power Daisy 16/ Pinto Orange Bicolour 16/ Pinto Orange Bicolour 17/ Trend geranium 17/ Trend geranium 18/ Razzle Dazzle.jpg 18/ Razzle Dazzle.jpg View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.greenhousecanada.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=1#sigProGalleriafc4db27b21 (You’ll remember his reports from this year’s California Spring Trials, posted to our archives.)1/ Think bacopa can’t last through the heat of summer? Some varieties can, and the Betty Series from Greenfuse appears to be one of the better ones. In this photo, take a guess which ones are in the Betty Series. Pretty impressive, given the heat and sun in southern Ontario this summer!2/ Hort Couture has a reputation for unique plants. This is a good example of Copperhead Acalypha.3/ Candy Kisses Hemizigia. This is another unique plant available from Hort Couture and Raker. You just can’t miss it. It obviously loves the sun and heat, that doesn’t seem to have affected the colour-pattern on the foliage, at all. Looks great all by itself!4/ Danziger’s new Amore Series Fiesta petunia – just, wow! Unique flower pattern with heart-shapes, and lots of colour and great vigour.5 / As I wandered down the aisle of bidens, I saw a few groups of visitors in a row stop and comment – “I really like this one!” Many breeders have made improvements in their bidens in the last few years, and here’s a terrific example from Danziger of what “new” genetics can deliver – Mega Charm.6/ Beekenkamp has great genetics in their begonia breeding program, what with Waterfall Series, Encanto and Beauvilia sub-series, but they also have other terrific sun and heat-loving varieties like this one – Evi. Look at the size, habit and flower power. Just simply beautiful. Vermillion Red is also a terrific colour in this group, as is Glory Lemon (yes, a good yellow, sun-loving begonia). Thanks, Beekenkamp!7/ Here’s a beautiful example of one of Frisia Flora’s line of mandevillea – Siesta. Covered in blooms with more coming on!8/ This is a beautiful specimen of Greenfuse’s Grandstand Blue Bicolour Salvia.9/ Saucy Coral Salvia is a terrific variety and colour, available from the breeders at Kientzler.10/ Here’s a heat-loving mangave from Walters Gardens called Pineapple Express. Very nice colour and texture. I was admiring this plant with a grower from Lakefield, Ontario. We may have had differing ideas as to the correct pronunciation of the plant name – mangave. Regardless, a beautiful, southern-looking plant.11/ Many growers have given up on osteospermum for the summer. It’s been very hot in southern Ontario this summer, but Proven Winner’s Bright Lights Yellow Osteospermum looks terrific, despite the heat!12/ Everyone loves large, glossy-leaved begonias, and PanAm’s new Megawatt series has performed beautifully at the Sawaya Trials this summer. Big, beefy plants with gorgeous foliage and an abundance of blooms have made these one of my favourite new introductions of 2016.13/ People just don’t believe me when I tell them that Proven Winner’s newish Pansiola Series will actually keep its blooms in summer heat, and even thrive. Here’s proof. All the colours looked great, but Quartz is my favourite. I was discussing this with Ed Sobkowich, of Sobkowich Greenhouses in Grimsby, and John Gaydos, one of the top people at PW. They said the same thing. No one believes the summer performance of Pansiola.14/ Some growers bemoan the high number of petunia series available these days. Well, when you see a stunning example like this – Syngenta’s Picnic White, a small-flowered type – it still makes you appreciate the flower power of a good, new-fashioned petunia.15/ This is an example of new genetics in calendula, Kientzler’s Power Daisy. Beautiful, bountiful yellow blooms that hold up in extreme heat.16/ I watched several people linger and admire this specimen of Syngenta’s Pinto Series seed geraniums. Orange Bicolor literally stopped people in their tracks.17/ This is just a terrific example of Trend Red geranium, grown by Schenck Farms & Greenhouses. Covered in blooms, with a nice habit.18/ UltraGrow does a beautiful job with bougainvillea. Here’s a nice example of Razzle Dazzle Red.Brad McMillan is the territory manager of North, Central and Eastern Ontario for JVK, one of Canada’s leading suppliers to the horticulture industry. JVK is based in St. Catharines, Ontario, but provides sales, customer care and logistics services across all of Canada. The corporate website and webstore is at www.jvk.net.
June 30, 2016, Downers Grove, IL – Want suggestions of what plants to add or expand production of within your product line for 2017?
A step into the future! The Les Exceptionnelles® program is officially entering a new development phase thanks to an agreement between the Fédération interdisciplinaire de l’horticulture ornementale du Québec (FIHOQ) and the Jardin Daniel A. Séguin.
The California Spring Trials program was started by Glenn Goldsmith in 1967. The goal was to inform growers about the Goldsmith Seeds breeding programs and the company’s commitment to horticulture. It wasn’t long before other breeders joined in, with every major company eventually represented.
Our recent webinar outlining the emerging business opportunities related to the move to legalize large-scale marijuana cultivation drew considerable interest.
April 28, 2016, Downers Grove, IL — National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, reports on a very successful informative and educational trip to the California Spring Trials involving five popular garden bloggers, writers and authors.
April 27, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – Tweed Inc. and Bedrocan Canada Inc., with the help of the Cannabis Health Clinic (CHC) in Regina, have welcomed hundreds of new patients to the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) system that were previously accessing medical cannabis through a dispensary.
April 20, 2016, Smiths Falls, Ont. – In the spirit of 4/20, Tweed Inc., Canada’s largest legal cannabis producer, has confirmed its support for patients’ rights to grow their own medical cannabis supply in their residence.
When you say “cut flowers,” most folks don’t picture grass plumes. But man does not live by red roses alone, and florists love happy surprises.
It’s hard to find another segment of the horticultural industry that has diversified as much as cut flower growers have. The varieties of cuts now available are truly astounding and each season brings with it more new offerings ranging from forsythia, spring tree blossoms of peaches, nectarines, ornamental flowering cherries and quince, to new summer colours of dahlias, asters and celosias.
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