Crop Culture
Were poinsettias profitable in ’07?  Growers who started on time with well-rooted cuttings and paid attention to every detail had an awesome crop.
The production of bedding plants has dramatically improved in many fields over the last 10 to 15 years. The key to a successful crop? Have a planned, written program that you’ve developed and fine-tuned over the years, and have continually improved through experience and new information.
A Greenhouse Canada Grower Day preview: new varieties, and how to grow them, among the topics. “The knowledge gained here will be beneficial throughout the year and for many years to come.” This year’s Grower Day will be held June 14 in Delhi, Ontario.

Plants grow best within certain ranges of the various factors that make up their environment. These factors include temperature, soil moisture, soil nutrients, light, air and soil pollutants, air humidity, soil structure and pH. These factors affect all plants growing in nature. Being aware of environmental factors that cause plant diseases can help nip problems in the bud.
Travels with my Nephew’s Aunt: Touring the California Breeders Showcase is an overwhelming experience. How does a gardener view the new introductions and displays?

Travels with my Nephew’s Aunt: Touring the California Breeders Showcase is an overwhelming experience. How does a gardener view the new introductions and displays? This concludes our two-part series.

“During the long, languid days of summer, we try hard to block out thoughts of the coming poinsettia crop and everything it involves, only to be brought back to reality when that call comes that cuttings are on the way! But rather than get in a funk about it, make a vow that 2006 will be the best crop ever. All it takes is putting attention to the details needed to avoid pitfalls commonly experienced with poinsettias. Too often growers treat their crop as the ‘same old’ production from previous years; the reality is, it is not!”
Due to greater productivity, this system could improve the economics of investment in greenhouses in colder climates. Two income sources with the one infrastructure means greater financial resilience for small operators. An Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD) researcher was a featured presenter during the International Conference and Exhibition for Soilless Culture-2005 in Singapore last fall.

Times have been changing in the market, but has the industry kept pace? Either we reduce production or we increase demand.

Laser camera system can accelerate the search for healthy, energy-efficient plants. “Growers could realize substantial cost-savings by choosing cultivars that perform well under less heat and light.”

Understanding environmental factors that cause plant diseases is so important. “They are caused by a lack or an excess of something that supports life. If these cases are severe, then the plant will die. But if they are only off to a certain degree, then the plant will be weak and diseases will have a better chance to take hold.”

Strategies for success: serving current and future customers. The more we help them get what they want – a quality product – the more we get what we want, and that’s a healthy profit.
Timely pre-season tune-up will help prevent plug production problems. With such a narrow window of opportunity to get off to a good start, an ounce of prevention is indeed worth a pound of cure.

Poinsettias: reviewing 2006 … and planning for 2007. “This was the first season that supply and demand were in balance, so let us not mess up this balance by increasing production.”
To change the output, you have to change the input

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