July 2016 – ‘Denim ’n Lace’ Perovskia is a very compact plant, yet is very full. It has silver green dissected foliage. The bright sky-blue flowers are held on amethyst calyxes on a plant that will reach 32" in height with a spread of 38".
July 2016 – Breakthrough colour ‘Sun Parasol Apricot’ debuted at the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in January. ‘Apricot’ matches the Sun Parasol Giant mandevilla series with blooms spanning 3.5-4.5".
July 2016 – This is the first of its kind! The Take 2 tomato combos are a hardworking container solution for small-space gardening. Each Take 2 combo has a slicing type and a small-fruited type tomato that have been trialled together for habit and fruit timing.
July 2016 – This is a super-uniform and programmable begonia that glows with premium, easy colour in landscapes, baskets and big tubs from spring through fall. Its sturdy stems hold flowers above the foliage for superior show.
July 2016 – ‘Miss Marvel’ joins the Dümmen Orange ‘Sweetunia’ series of petunia, renowned for a broad colour range and unique novelties.
July 2016 – A new vegetative petunia series with big-time vigour with even bigger garden performance. ‘ColorRush’ provides mounds of colour for municipal containers.
June 2016 – Dianthus Fruit Punch® ‘Maraschino’ has double crimson flowers with a prominent dark eye. Gardeners can expect good flower coverage with a compact habit.
June 2016 – 'Ducovery' is De Ruiter’s newest tomato hybrid with an early high yield potential and oidium (IR) resistance. This makes the variety suitable for the loose beefsteak growers.
June 2016 – Elevating the standards of size and quality in the De Ruiter pepper pipeline,'Lemoncello' is our new yellow, blocky pepper hybrid.
June 2016t – The Abanico series of cyclamen from Morel Diffusion is a premium novelty midi-type with a slightly wavy and fan-shaped flower.
June 2016 – This popular bicolour is now available in the premium spreading/trailing Cool Wave Pansies. Cool Wave has superior overwintering – the earliest pansy to return in spring. It crushes the competition in trailing and filling containers.
June 2016 – Luscious® ‘Pinkberry Blend’ is an impressively vigorous, landscape-sized lantana. It forms a mounding then trailing mass of dark green foliage dotted with pretty pink and light yellow bicolour blooms all season with minimal seed set.
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.
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.
March 2016 — Climate here is a funny old thing, and less predictable than it used to be. But we still at least expect January through March to be colder than summer and plan accordingly. So it is that many greenhouse producers are routinely using screens to reduce energy costs.
March 2016 — When it comes to shading, which type performs best in greenhouses? Two recent studies conducted in Florida set out to find the answer by comparing the properties of three 60 per cent shades commonly used for nursery and greenhouse production.
March 2016 — After presenting a webinar through Greenhouse Canada last fall, and a few talks at different occasions on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and their applications in horticulture, I have been more frequently receiving phone calls and emails regarding LEDs.
Jan. 14, 2016, Chilliwack, B.C. – Affinor Growers’ proprietary vertical farming system will be used to grow greenhouse strawberries on a commercial scale.
February 2016 — Determining irrigation run times that minimize water use while sustaining optimal production is a difficult task for container nursery managers. The confined volume imposed by the container provides little buffer against under-watering and over-watering.
February 2016 — Bill Gates once predicted that every home in South Korea would have a robot by 2015, and that Japan’s robotic industry would reach $50 billion by 2025, says Dr. Medhat Moussa, a professor at the school of engineering, University of Guelph.
Jan. 12, 2016, Whitby, Ont. — Want to learn more about aquaponics?
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.
March 3, 2016 — The latest e-GRO Alert has timely advice on monitoring hanging baskets, with tips on avoiding (unpleasant) surprises when you scout your crop.
March 2016 — Roots are the foundation of plants we grow in greenhouses. In the February 2013 issue of Greenhouse Canada, I wrote about root health and it’s importance in crop management.
March 2016 — Teach a village how to garden and it will prosper for a lifetime. That’s our aim at Vita Gardens.
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.
June 2016 – Dr. Jim Brandle doesn’t buy into the adage, “If you build it, they will come.”
June 2016 – Ontario’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) is marking a major milestone this year.
June 2016 – The Canadian greenhouse sector is maintaining its momentum. StatsCanada is reporting higher sales in virtually every category in 2015.
May 6, 2016, Warminster, PA – One of home gardening’s unsung heroes, the venerable eggplant, is gleaning a lot of attention for the 2016 season, with the introduction by W. Atlee Burpee Company of a new variety that is an excellent substitute for meat.
May 2, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Enrolment begins today for students from 53 Ontario school boards to participate in the Fresh from the Farm school fundraiser.
May 2, 2016, Delta, B.C. — The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a nonprofit that brings together workers, growers and retailers to produce safer, more responsibly grown fruits and vegetables, today announced that fresh fruits and vegetables labeled “Responsibly Grown, Farmworker Assured™” from Windset Farms® are now available at select Costco locations in the northwest United States.
April 28, 2016 — In walking through greenhouses this spring, I continue to see how retailers are separating themselves from others by using unique planters, value-added plant ‘pokes,’ and innovative plant material.
There were no big surprises in our fifth annual Grower Survey as grower confidence again remains high, a sentiment echoed in the four previous reports.
Aprll 13, 2016 —The ‘buy local’ movement in British Columbia is gaining momentum.The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. (IAF) has announced the appointment of Donna Anaka to the position of Buy Local Program Coordinator. Anaka joins IAF following a 20-year career with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. She has worked on a wide variety of buy local and agri-tourism initiatives in her career in B.C.’s agri-food and seafood industry. “Joining the Investment Agriculture Foundation is providing me with a tremendous opportunity to continue to work with a wide variety of agrifood and seafood industry stakeholders to increase sales of locally grown and processed foods sold across the province,” Anaka says.“Buying local is a trend that is here to stay and the Buy Local Program provides industry with yet another incentive to design and execute buy local marketing campaigns to increase consumer demand and develop long-term loyalty to BC products.” ABOUT INVESTMENT AGRICULTURE FOUNDATION OF BCIAF is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization representing the agriculture, food processing, farm supply and post farmgate sectors across B.C. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, IAF works with its industry partners and funding organizations to invest in projects that enhance the competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of B.C.’s agriculture and agri-food industry.
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.
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.
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.
April 8, 2016, Gilroy, CA — Danziger 'Dan' Flower Farm will feature expanded breeding efforts as well as its growing global network of cutting supply facilities at this year’s California Spring Trials.
March 21, 2016, Barrie, Ont. — Tweed Inc. has unveiled a new look for its bricks and mortar operations and is announcing plans to open its newest site in this city.
March 9, 2016, Toronto — Bedrocan Canada Inc. is launching a personalized insurance claim concierge service in collaboration with Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM).
March 2, 2016, Toronto — Bedrocan Canada, wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation is offering vaporizers at cost as part of its commitment to affordable medical cannabis treatment.
March 2016 — With the highest per capita immigration rate in the world, Canada’s produce consumption is continually evolving.
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