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Tulips are a sure sign of spring, and for the Dutch people and their descendants, this could not be more true.
When you think of ornamental grasses, you may think of lush landscapes or creative containers. But today’s newer cultivars, and even some of the species, make a great addition to cut bouquets and arrangements. With a bit of planning and production scheduling, ornamental grasses can be a productive addition to cut flower greenhouses.
This is the first time in 12 years that I have been called to see if any growers have poinsettias for sale. I had to look hard to find some that fit the requirements. It was great that production quantities were matching, or were slightly under sales.
Easter lily production has declined in the last few years but it is still one of the top five potted crops in terms of sales. 10 million Easter lily bulbs were shipped this past season. In my opinion, the major drop in sales is due to the extra cost of production with minimal increase in selling price.
Heuchera from tissue culture (TC) are not difficult to establish if certain protocols are followed. The critical factor to understand is that these have been grown in a lab under high humidity and low light. Lower humidity and higher light levels must be avoided until the TC has been acclimated.
In Greenhouse Canada’s August “New Varieties” edition, experts from garden centres reported that eco-friendly plants are a trend that’s here to stay, especially for the newer generation of gardeners. Topping the list for these millennial gardeners are plants that are considered “pollinator-friendly”.
Imagine popping a tiny green seedling into your mouth. You’re pretty sure you know what it’s going to taste like. But then your taste buds are hit with a completely unexpected flavour that reminds you of spicy horseradish.
Looking at these photos, do you know what happened to these cucumber and tomato plants? Growers were expecting a compact and strong plant, but within a short span of a few days, the plants were already touching the wire, internodes were unusually elongated, and weak sets of leaves developed, looking thin, misshapen and not fully expanded. The first cluster of tomatoes appeared five feet on the stem.
Aug. 22, 2017, Kingsvile, Ont. – Mastronardi Produce is continuing to expand its local program, this time with an exclusive partnership with Golden Acre Farms. The greenhouse facility, located in Kingsville Ontario, will bring SUNSET® brand cucumbers to more Canadians year-round.
Aug. 21, 2017, Fort Valley, GA – With demand for its premium greenhouse vegetables continuing to grow, Pure Flavour® announced recently the investment of more than $105 million US to build a 75-acre state-of-the-art high-tech greenhouse facility and distribution centre in Peach County, south of Atlanta.
June 26, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Once you’ve tasted Ontario greenhouse cucumbers, you’re hooked. The taste and freshness are second to none, and when shoppers sample them, they become regular customers.
Feb. 23, 2017, London, U.K – A fruit and vegetable intake above five-a-day shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.
From growing indoor or outdoor to key pitfalls in cannabis propagation, Bill MacDonald of Niagara College talks cannabis production. How similar is it to growing other horticultural crops?
Ian Davidson doesn’t mince words when talking about opportunities in the cannabis nursery game right now. “They’re profound,” says the 15-year industry vet. “There are cannabis specialists in extraction, in packaging, in marketing, you name it, but show me a single operating cannabis nursery in Canada.”
As global demand for medicinal cannabis continues to increase, PharmaCielo Ltd. is poised to become an international leader after receiving approval on February 6th and 19th in Colombia for the listing of 20 proprietary and unique tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) strains with the national cultivar registry.The Canadian-headquartered company will now be able to produce—through its Colombian subsidiary—Colombia’s only CBD-dominant strain that meets World Health Organization (WHO) purity standards. The approval gives PharmaCielo a competitive advantage as the sole licensed producer of non-psychoactive strains in Colombia. A fully balanced THC/CBD strain was also approved, among the many others.Federico Cock-Correa, President and CEO of PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings S.A.S., says the company can now proceed to commercial registration, production and sale of these strains within Colombia, as well as for export to global markets.“Among those approved is an historic and unique CBD-dominant strain approved for commercial registration and sourced from the Colombian landrace strains held within our fuente semillera (a licensed seed or germplasm bank authorized by the Colombian government), the first and only one of its kind registered in Colombia,” Cock-Correa noted.The commercial value of this 20:1 CBD primary strain is of “particular significance with the recent clarification by the WHO that medicinal CBD is not regulated under international convention,” says Dr. Delon Human, PharmaCielo’s global head of health and innovation.“The intensity of the CBD strain profile allows us to efficiently fulfill strong global demand for pure CBD medicinal cannabis oil extracts, which we expect to dramatically increase over the next several years for this strain, as it meets both market and import requirements,” adds Dr. Human.Since its founding, PharmaCielo has focused on ethical and sustainable processing and supplying of all natural, medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts and related products to large channel distributors.In January this year, the company established a joint venture with Mino Labs to bring medicinal quality cannabis oil to Mexico. The company also went public in recent months on the Toronto Stock Venture Exchange (TSX Venture) through its Canadian parent company.
Now that recreational marijuana is legal across Canada, the need for product has increased sharply. Based on corporate statements, the 10 largest cannabis producers in the country are planning to churn out 1.8 million kilograms worth of the plant by 2020.
Dalotia coriara, is a native species of soil-dwelling rove beetles. They are light to dark brown in colour; adults are three to four millimetres long and are slender with short wing covers. An adult female lays 90 eggs in its average life span of 50 days.
As everyone in Canada is aware by now, recreational cannabis has become legal. But the full effects of legalization on the Canadian greenhouse flower and vegetable industry remains to be seen.
Each year, a few vegetables are entered into the University of Guelph’s Vineland container trials as candidates for vegetables in small urban spaces. This edible plant category attracted attention at the trials, not only from the public, but from culinary professionals as well. Here are some of the highlights from this past season.
February tends to be a slow time at Roelands Plant Farms Inc.The greenhouse vegetable propagator in Lambton Shores, ON, has usually shipped the last of its orders for the year’s tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to clients throughout North America, and its busy season winds down.
Summer 2018 weather was a true test of garden performance in plants. Temperatures were hotter than normal since the beginning of June, so more care was required for plants that were coming from the greenhouse and into direct sun. After the plants were established, the drip system was great.
With greenhouse vegetables, there are many different varieties available. Each one is selected for higher yields, larger fruit, disease resistance, flavour and more, but how well do those attributes hold up in the greenhouse?
February 2017 – In a similar article last year, a number of visitors’ favourites from an open house at the container trials at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) were presented.
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.
Vineland has been identifying methods and creating new technologies to help tree propagators grow seedlings with better root quality.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Greening up Ontario highways Ontario highways will soon look greener thanks to research conducted at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) in partnership with Landscape Ontario, local nurseries and horticultural suppliers.
April 14, 2009 — Proven Winners® ColorChoice® will be a sponsor of the popular TV show GardenSMART this spring.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT PW Shrubs sponsoring PBS GardenSMART Proven Winners ColorChoice will be a sponsor of the popular TV show GardenSMART this spring.

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