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November 2015 — There is limited availability with Petunia Headliner Series ‘Night Sky,’ found on page 22 of High Q Greenhouses 2016 Young Plant Catalogue. Night Sky boldly goes where no petunia has gone before…light years from usual...
Oct. 30, 2015, Clearwater, FL — Dosatron International, Inc. has added HM Digital handheld Meters and Testers to its Dilution Solutions product line...
November 2015 — ‘Pink’ is a superb addition to the award-winning Surdiva scaevola series. Heat-tolerant plants display large fan flowers. Like the rest of the Surdivas, growth is compact and manageable...
November 2015 — New Guinea impatiens ‘Sun Harmony<tm> White’ from Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm features large bright white flowers against contrasting lively green leaves. It blooms continuously and profusely from early spring through to fall...
November 2015 — Pennisetum ‘Royal Lady,’ new to the Royal Collection from Emerald Coast Growers, boasts blades that emerge green, then darken with heat and sun to maroon, and finally transform to royal purple with a red midrib...
November 2015 — A University of New Hampshire scientist has developed a new cherry tomato designed to be grown in hanging baskets in greenhouses...
November 2015 — These micro blooming varieties are tiny but terrific! The word “kawaii” means “cute” in Japanese...
November 2015 — Rijk Zwaan has introduced a trait in its lettuce varieties that ensures that the leaves discolour less rapidly after cutting...
Oct. 2015 — Coreopsis 'Solanna Glow' from Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm showcases soft yellow single blooms with rich orange centres. Plants form compact mounds and bloom continuously from early summer through fall...
Oct. 2015 — Lobularia Raspberry Stream is the newest addition to the popular Lobularia Stream series from Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm. Raspberry Stream has a dramatic vivid pink colour...
Oct. 2015 — New from Emerald Coast Growers is the Salvia Heatwave series, a cross of S. microphylla and S. greggii for extreme drought and heat tolerance...
Oct. 2015 — 'Salmon' is the latest addition to the Surfinia Summer Double petunia series from Suntory. This uniform series is early flowering and grower friendly...
Nov. 5, 2015, Gainesville, FL — A web-based irrigation system developed by researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences saved 21 per cent in water use without reducing growth of container-grown landscape plants, a new study shows.
November 2015 — How effective is it? Many major municipalities throughout the world are using ozone water sterilization in their water treatment plants because ozone is a powerful disinfectant and leaves no chemical residue in the water.
Oct. 6, 2015, Kingsville, Ont. — Automation and recycling were two of the main themes with this year’s Canadian Greenhouse Conference bus tour of the Leamington/Kingsville region of Ontario.
Sept. 17, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Stärke Material Handling Group No. 441 on the 27th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.
October 2015 – I have written extensively on pH and electrical conductivity (EC) issues and management in bedding plants in Greenhouse Canada (March 2014 and earlier editions). Basically there are plants such as geraniums and impatiens, among others, that change the pH of the growing media towards the acidic side. However, plants such as petunias and calibrachoa, among many others, change the pH towards the alkaline side.
October 2015 – After the last “Inside View” editorial on fertilizer efficiency, a colleague in the supply industry wrote to me saying that “it is easy to put a smorgasbord [of nutrients] in front of the plants every day and let them choose what they want, instead of selectively giving them a balanced diet that doesn’t allow for overconsumption of certain fertilizers that outcompete others.”
October 2015 – Today many growers produce high value hydroponic crops in greenhouses and they have developed a growing science for vegetables and flower crops under protected cover.
October 2015 – Greenhouse Canada magazine keeps a close eye on lighting research and developments, and in this story we present a roundup of the latest projects across Canada and beyond.
Sept. 2015 – There has been much said recently of the use of “drones” in agriculture. More correctly called “UAVs” (unmanned aerial/air vehicles), these are the remote controlled aircraft type, not the natural bee sort, of course.
Aug. 12, 2015, Fremont, CA – Solaria Corporation, a global provider of solar module technologies, and Soliculture, a provider of greenhouse integrated photovoltaics (GIPV) for commercial greenhouse growers, have announced a strategic collaboration for PV-agriculture applications.
Aug. 10, 2015, Toyohashi, Japan — Nowadays it is not a surprise to get a tomato production of 50kg/m2 in a high-tech greenhouse; however it was a remarkable record in Japan.
Back when I first started writing about water quality and water treatment options, I made a presentation on greenhousing to participants of “WE ARE THE LAND: Energy and Food Sustainability Conference.”
Nov. 23, 2015, Raleigh, NC – Christmas cacti are sensitive to low substrate pH conditions, which can lead to phylloclade chlorotic blotches and necrosis.
December 2015 — I have decided to write about the powdery mildews (PM) this month because I found very serious infections earlier this year both on tomatoes and cucumbers. As the name suggests, most growers recognize the symptoms easily by observing white, powdery stuff on the upper surface of leaves. The pictures accompanying this article adequately describe the symptoms.
December 2015 — Research is underway at the University of Guelph to speed up how quickly and efficiently a plant can be reproduced.
Nov. 6, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — Growers now have access to a key new IPM tool.
Oct. 30, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — "Understanding Microbials in Greenhouse Production" was the Greenhouse Canada Grower Day 2015 presentation by Dr. Anissa Poleatewich of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
November 2015 — Once relegated to a mere light spot in shade gardens, heuchera has become one of the world’s most popular garden plants, establishing itself firmly as a garden classic thanks to a recent resurgence in selection and breeding. The latest efforts have brightened the market with a palette of hues previously unseen in the coral bells world.
Oct. 14, 2015, West Chicago, IL – Ball FloraPlant's offshore cuttings farms did not use neonicotinoid-based pest management chemicals during its spring crop production last shipping season, and will continue to be neonic-free this year.
Oct. 14, 2015, Bern, Germany – Throughout the northern hemisphere beekeepers have struggled to maintain adequate numbers of honeybee colonies for crop pollination and honey production due to dramatic increases in colony deaths each year.
Sept. 24, 2015, St. Albert, Alberta—It’s been an average year so far with peat harvesting in Canada.
Sept. 23, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. — Greenhouse Canada hosted a very successful Grower Day this year devoting a full day to the latest research and applications of microbial biocontrols.
Sept. 22, 2015, Sumner, WA – The Million Bottle Club has announced its 2015 recipients, recognizing growers who have recycled more than one million plastic water bottles into plant containers.
October 2015 – Biopesticides are an increasingly popular resource for greenhouse growers, both for flower and vegetable crops.
December 2015 — Alternative crops. Hmmm … how do we define this? It immediately begs the secondary question: alternative to what?
December 2015 — Even small gestures of appreciation have a significant influence on the output and quality of work by employees.
Nov. 2, 2015, Downers Grove, IL – National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization that promotes gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, has adopted a fresher brand identity to further their mission of encouraging people to use more flowers and plants in their garden.
Oct. 29, 2015, Downers Grove, IL – When it comes to consumers, garden centers and grower-retailers are focused on their ABCs – and Ds! In 2016 it’s all about the alliums, beauty in begonias, cheering for the carrot and defending the delphinium.
Oct. 25, 2015, Delta, B.C. – Windset Farms® has added a new tomato to its Cameo® Elite brand to the North American market in partnership with Axia Vegetable Seeds of the Netherlands.
It was another banner year for the calibre of Top 10 Under 40 award nominations.
We again celebrate our industry’s brightest “youngsters” in this issue. Hats off to all. We’re fortunate to even be considering a “Top 10 Under 40.” I salute you all.
November 2015 — One of the greatest challenges to our retail garden industry is its perceived seasonality and reliance on weather. We make too many assumptions based on this entrenched thinking. Many smart operators are taking the approach of opening only for high volume times and closing for slower seasons. Financially this makes a lot of sense, but in the long-term, are we losing market positioning and share?
November 2015 — The International Garden Centre Association Congress was held in early August when some of the top 200 global garden centre owners and managers gathered in Odense in Denmark to visit with some of the leading horticultural retailers in that country.
Oct. 21, 2015, Atlanta, GA – Innovation in product merchandising is just one example of how NatureFresh Farms is keeping in tune with PMA Fresh Summit’s “Where Bright Ideas Grow” theme for this year’s Trade Show & Convention in Atlanta this weekend (Oct. 24-25).
Oct. 19, 2015, Mississauga, Ont. — A program that supplies Ontario farmers experiencing domestic labour shortages with seasonal workers from Mexico and the Caribbean is the “lynchpin” of the province’s multi-billion-dollar horticultural sector, says a new study.
Oct. 16, 2015, Guelph, Ont. — The University of Guelph is among top schools worldwide for research, and No. 1 in Canada for agricultural sciences, in two university rankings released this week.
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.
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. 15, 2015, Toronto — Patients in Canada prescribed medical marijuana may soon have a new, safe, effective and smokeless option for how they administer their needed medication – and it’s as easy as brewing a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
December 2015 — The ornamental container trial held at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has been jointly run by OMAFRA and Department of Plant Agriculture (UofG) since the spring of 2007. Breeders and plant suppliers have the opportunity to enter new plant hopefuls into this trial for evaluation under Ontario growing conditions. Evaluation takes place during greenhouse production and outside in containers or ground beds for the balance of the summer’s growing season.
December 2015 — The first ever Ontario Container Trial and Workshop attracted over 30 growers and consultants to Vineland to see new ornamental varieties and hear presentations from floriculture research experts.
Nov. 11, 2015, Smiths Falls, Ont. — Tweed Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, has invited Health Canada’s inspectors to its production facility to conduct a final inspection of the company’s line of cannabis oil products and production practices.
Nov. 5, 2015, Downers Grove, IL — Anyone watching the movements of All-America Selections lately will notice an ever-increasing number of exciting and wonderful plants that are being named AAS Winners.
The weather early on this year was great for the Sawaya Garden Trials (just east of Simcoe, Ont.), and this was reflected in the quality of most varieties. We had cool nights (but not too cold!) and warm days (but not too warm!) providing excellent weather conditions for the plants to establish.
October 2, 2015, Downers Grove, IL – If you’re looking for some marketing assistance in 2016, the National Garden Bureau has a lot to offer.
Aug. 31, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — “PixieTM Grape, a versatile indoor/outdoor grapevine, is a must-have edible ornamental and we want to share it with the world,” said Chandra Bierhuizen, sales/marketing manager at Sunrise Greenhouses located in Vineland.
Aug. 28, 2015, Vancouver — Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will be the first institution in Canada to deliver much-needed education to professionals entering a budding industry.
Aug. 28, 2015, Vancouver — A study by Canadian researchers is providing a clearer picture of the evolutionary history and genetic organization of cannabis, a step that could have agricultural, medical and legal implications for this valuable crop.
July 26, 2015, Kingsville, Ont. — Mucci Farms has begun harvesting its first harvest of greenhouse-grown Naked Leaf living lettuce.
August 2015 — Quick, name some hot-but-established trends in horticulture right now. You probably just came up with five or six, right?

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