Greenhouse Canada

Business Management
Greenhouse Canada Grower Day 2009

March 12, 2009
By Greenhouse Canada Magazine


registerbuttonDiscover the latest tips in Growing Bedding Plants, Perfecting Poinsettias & Marketing Your Crop.






Discovering the latest tips in Growing Bedding Plants, perfecting poinsettias & marketing your crop are the themes of this year’s Greenhouse Canada Grower Day, being held June 17 at the Delhi German Hall in Delhi, Ontario.  

$40 each
$30 after the 3rd registrant
Buffet & door prizes included
                                                        Registration deadline: June 5
Click here to register

Contact: Sherry Milla
Call: 888.599.2228 x 218


Date & Location

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Delhi German Home
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8:00 am

9:15 am

9:30-10:00 a.m.  

10:00-10:30 a.m

10:30-11:00 a.m 

11:00-11:30 a.m.

11:30-12:00 p.m.  

12 noon-1:30 p.m.

1:30-3:00 p.m.

3:00-3:45 p.m.

Set up for exhibitors

Opening remarks

The ABCs of successfully growing Reiger Begonias
– Allen Hammer, Dummen

Our experience with IPM
– Albert Grimm, Jeffery’s Greenhouses

Knowing your customer
– Jerry Gorchels, Ball Horticultural Company

State of the Industry
– Jack Williams, Ecke Ranch     

The new genetics
– Stefan Reiner, Selecta

Noon buffet, exhibitor discussions

Poinsettia Discussion Panel
– Allen Hammer, Jack Williams, Stefan Reiner of
Selecta and Harvey Lang of Syngenta

Successful Production of Zonal & Ivy Geraniums
– Harvey Lang


Speaker Bios

albertgrimm_head   Albert Grimm
Head grower at Jeffery’s Greenhouses

Albert Grimm is a horticulturist by trade and passion, and believes that good education, excellent quality of plant material, and pride in good workmanship are keys to success in the business. He graduated from an apprenticeship in Germany, and has worked in most sectors of horticulture production for the last 27 years (ornamentals, vegetables and nursery). Since 1998, he has been head grower for Jeffery’s Greenhouses Inc., a major producer of bedding plants and cyclamen in St. Catharines, Ont.

2590_jack_williams   Jack Williams
Technical specialist with Ecke Ranch, Ecke Europe and The Flower Fields

Jack Williams has been a member of the technical /horticultural staff of the world-famous Ecke Ranch for 25 years.

As part of his responsibilities, Williams travels worldwide to work with growers producing crops to supply global markets. The opportunity to work with production in so many regions of the world helps bring a strong understanding of which plants can survive and thrive for maximum performance.

In addition to participating in the Grower Day poinsettia panel discussion, Williams is also addressing the “State of the Industry.”

2592_allen_hammer   Dr. Paul Allen Hammer
Product Development and Support,
Dummen USA

Dr. Hammer was Professor Emeritus of Floriculture, Department of Horticulture at Purdue University from 1973-2006.

Dr. Hammer advises growers in North America on best growing practices for Dummen products. He also researches best growing guidelines for new Dummen genetics introduced in the North America market.

Reiger begonia has been taking on a new use for the last five to six years. It is still used indoors as a potted plant but, on a much larger scale, it is a bedding plant for hanging baskets. Dr. Hammer will share with us the ABCs of Reiger begonias, including propagation, photoperiod, timing, fertilization, and much more. This is a very profitable crop when it is done right with the proper timing. This talk is for those who never grew Reiger Begonia as a bedding plant and also for those who have been growing it for many years.

2593_stefan_reiner   Stefan Reiner
General manager for Selecta, North America

Reiner grew up in his dad’s greenhouse business and started horticulture school training in Austria in 1988. After receiving his degree in 1991, he went to Switzerland and worked as a grower in a potted plant/bedding plant operation. He then worked for a pair of growers in the U.S. before returning to Europe in 1995 to work at Kientzler.

In the summer of 1996, he joined Selecta as a grower. He worked for the company in Germany and Kenya for a number of years, before transferring in 2003 to his current position in North America.

Reiner will be discussing the new genetics causing so much excitement in the industry. Genetics geared for a better product will surely interest everyone.

2592__jerry_gorchels   Jerry Gorchels
Technical specialist, Ball Horticultural Company

Jerry started in the greenhouse industry in 1972 as a greenhouse manager. Since then he has worked and managed many different aspects of the industry, including greenhouse production, retail, landscape and nursery.

It is one thing to produce good quality products. But it is just as important, or even more important, to know who is buying your product. We must stay on top of these dynamic and changing market demands. It is difficult to second-guess our customers as to what will or won’t sell. We will look at the types of customers coming into our garden centres, some very recent survey results, trends that will surprise you, and creative ways to help sell more products. Jerry’s goal is for you to take home at least two tips on how to add to the bottom line.

2593_harvey_lang   Dr. Harvey Lang
Director of Technical Support, Syngenta Flowers

Lang’s duties include working closely with brokers and growers on production advice for poinsettias, geraniums, and other spring vegetative and seed products. He develops technical information and documentation on all Syngenta Flowers’ products for both the greenhouse industry and consumers. He speaks regularly at regional, state and national conferences and also participates in Syngenta’s Plant Health Initiative.

Lang received his B.S., M.S., and PhD from Kansas State University, Texas A&M University, and Penn State University, respectively.

Geraniums are still the largest crop in potted bedding plants. Lang will cover the production techniques of how to end up with a crop that surpasses any on the market. He will offer recommendations on how to propagate cuttings, program crops, fertilize and avoid crop disasters he has encountered.





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