Crop Culture
Automated crop monitoring provides numerous benefits to greenhouse operators, Dr. David Ehret, of the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Agassiz, B.C., told growers attending the annual Saskatchewan Green Trades Conference.
In the November 2009 issue, we shared a few highlights of the Sawaya Garden Trials. This month, I am sharing with you the cultivars that had excellent garden performance and that attracted considerable attention and interest from our visitors.
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Eliminating Rhizoctonia from
azalea cuttings with hot water

Rhizoctonia, a fungal disease that can be found in many ornamental plants, can be eliminated in azalea by placing plant cuttings in a hot water treatment, an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in the U.S. and his university collaborator have found.
Dec. 22, 2009 – Dr. Daniel Leskovar, a plant physiologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde, has been investigating ways to help vegetable plants make a less stressful transition from the greenhouse to the field.
We grow poinsettias once a year and, from one crop to the next, there is enough time for our memory to fail us on what we want to change and the improvements we want to apply to the next crop.
Nov. 3, 2009, Vancouver – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has selected the British Columbia Institute of Technology Centre for Architectural Ecology to conduct leading edge “green wall” research.
We are again at that time of year when greenhouse vegetable growers are thinking, or will soon be thinking, of cleaning up for the spring crop.
Calibrachoa is a genus that added a completely new flavour to flowering horticulture products. Calibrachoa has its own character to stand alone and show off the whole season long, or you can mix two or three colours of calibrachoa to have eye-catching large containers, hanging baskets or pots.
As the fall approaches, cucumber growers have to be on the alert for aphids and the dreaded viruses they vector.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

MPS-ABC certification earned by U.S. grower
The MPS certification program has been active in more than 50 countries, and there is now growing interest in North America.
June 8, 2009, Stockholm —  Vertical greenhouses that grow organic fruit and vegetables smack in the middle of crowded cities where land is scarce may soon be a reality, a Swedish company developing the project said Friday. | READ MORE
Some like it hot! Last month, I shared with you some of the cool crops and production of pansy as the mother of all cool crops. In this month’s article, I want to discuss some of the crops that do better when the days are longer and the temperature is much warmer.
What is better than a blooming plant on the windowsill or the doorstep after a long period of snow and sub-zero temperatures?
My local community newspaper does a weekly “Readers’ Poll.” A recent question was “What’s the biggest topic of conversation at your dinner table these days?”1.Results were (with my rounding errors):
The week of Nov. 10-15 usually arrives, and the only pot plant that is somewhat in demand is poinsettia. Every other flowering crop, from November to December, see a drastic decline in sales. Stores are only carrying the basic products for a certain occasion and, without a doubt, poinsettia is the Christmas flower.

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