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The Challenges of Managing Pests and Diseases in Retail Settings

Wed, May 22nd, 2019, created by Nick Flax
Greenhouse growers work tirelessly each year to produce high-quality plants for spring sales. Of all of the different factors involved in growing bedding plants, pest and disease management is one of the most important...

Promoting Pollinator Plants at Retail

Tue, May 14th, 2019, created by Beth Scheckelhoff

Now that the rain has finally subsided somewhat across the Midwest – garden centers are experiencing a flood of customers excitedly itching to get out and garden!  Whether you are a wholesale grower, a retail provider, or both – now is a great time to get out and see what is going on in the garden centers around you...


New Options for Aphid Management

Thu, May 2nd, 2019, created by Dan Gilrein

We’re employing beneficial insects and mites more than ever, but somehow the suggestion to sell aphid-infested plants as ‘ladybug-ready’ hasn’t been widely embraced...


Polystyrene Foam Aggregates in Greenhouse Substrates

Wed, Apr 24th, 2019, created by W. Garrett Owen
Greenhouse soilless substrates are formulated from various components and amendments. Traditional greenhouse soilless substrate components include peat moss, aged bark, perlite, and/or vermiculite...

Spring is in Full Swing

Thu, Apr 11th, 2019, created by Heidi Linberg
Spring is in full swing at the greenhouses in Michigan. Easter lily growers wrapped up moving lilies to coolers or shipping them late last week...

PGRs for Growth Regulation of Buddleia spp.

Thu, Apr 4th, 2019, created by Joyce Latimer


Check your roots!

Thu, Mar 28th, 2019, created by Jean Williams-Woodward


Reservoir Nutrient Solution Siphoning

Thu, Mar 21st, 2019, created by Kellie Walters and Roberto Lopez

If you are growing crops hydroponically in deep-flow or raft systems, one of the last things you want to see is an unusually low or empty tank...


Keeping Your Greenhouses Clean in Springtime -- Make Your Best Effort

Thu, Mar 14th, 2019, created by Nick Flax
Now that we are in mid-March, bench space and hanging basket lines are filling up rapidly around the U...

Have You Evaluated your Irrigation Water Quality Recently?

Mon, Mar 4th, 2019, created by Thomas Ford

As an Extension Educator with Penn State I spend my winters on the speaking circuit addressing growers and farmers on a variety of topics...


Basil Raft System Issues

Thu, Feb 21st, 2019, created by Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters
Growing culinary herbs such as basil hydroponically can be very simple and strait forward. However, some problems do arise...

Watch for Botrytis blight

Wed, Feb 13th, 2019, created by Jean Williams-Woodward

Overcast, wet weather can increase Botrytis risk in greenhouse crops. Botrytis blight or “gray mold” is a damaging disease to floriculture and edible crops, particularly during the winter months...


Pest of the Month

Thu, Feb 7th, 2019, created by Dan Gilrein
You can't see them, but we know they exist: not ghosts, but rather cyclamen mites infesting these Echeveria...

New Greenhouse Disease Management Recommendations for Vegetables and Herbs

Thu, Jan 24th, 2019, created by Heidi Wollaeger

Dr. Mary Hausbeck in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University and her colleagues have released a 


Register Now for Conference on Innovation in Greenhouse and Vertical Farming

Wed, Jan 23rd, 2019, created by Joyce Latimer

Join us for the 2019 Conference on Innovationin Greenhouse and Vertical Farming to be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, atthe Virginia Farm Bureau in Richmond, VA...


Evaluating the Precision of a Fertilizer Injector by Measuring Electrical Conductivity

Wed, Jan 16th, 2019, created by W. Garrett Owen

Evaluating soluble salts or electrical conductivity (EC) is an important aspect of in-house nutritional monitoring as it provides a value related to the fertilizer salts provided and the status of the crop’s health...


e-GRO Welcomes Two New Team Members

Wed, Jan 16th, 2019, created by W. Garrett Owen

The e-GRO team continues to grow! We would like to introduce our newest e-GRO members, Dr...


Testing pH and Electrical Conductivity (EC) of Plugs Using the Press Technique

Thu, Jan 10th, 2019, created by W. Garrett Owen

In-house nutritional monitoring is often focused on conducting a PourThru, Saturated Media Extraction (SME), or 1:2 Dilution procedure for plants produced in their final containers such as cell packs, pots, and hanging baskets...