November 2021

Chat Room — November 2021

This month, we asked our readers about automation, supply chain issues, biological pest controls and leucanthemum production. Here’s what they had to say. ... more

Culture Report: Daylength Neutral Leucanthemum

These Shastas require only temperature to induce flowering — and when they do, they’re enchanting!

Current and Future Growing Media Supply and Demand Challenges

With logistical challenges occurring at all levels of the supply chain, how are greenhouse growers affected and how can they move forward?

Flamboyant 2022 Petunia Introductions

These unique and colorful petunias shined in the 2021 summer trials.

From Trial Field to Retail Bench — and Everything in Between

I have been in the horticulture industry since a very young age, and whenever anyone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would reply “A grower! Just like my dad.” There was somethin... more

How Soon Will There Be a Robot in Your Greenhouse?

Harvesting robots for controlled environment food production may soon be the solution for growers hard pressed to find enough workers.

Insidious Flower Bug

Question: Could you please provide information on the predatory bug, insidious flower bug? Answer: Insidious flower bug, Orius insidiosus, adults are black, 2 to 5 mm long, and flattened with disti... more

Shuffling Beyond the Supply Chain

The past year has had its share of challenges, many that we were probably optimistically hoping would have been resolved by now. While most of the growers I’ve spoken with recently have had another ... more

Soil Microbial Inoculants: Biology and Commercial Use

With the increased recognition of soil health and its role in plant production, the interest in the use of soil microbial inoculants has increased remarkably in the last several years.

The Buzz of Secondary Metabolites

The diversity of crops grown in greenhouses and indoor vertical farms continues to expand. One broad segment that is increasing dramatically is the production of consumable crops. This includes a broa... more

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