Bemisia whitefly (Bemisia tabaca) adults on poinsettia. In high pressure years, poinsettia plants can quickly become unsellable due to this pest.
The floriculture industry in Ontario seems to have mostly avoided heavy aphid AND thrips pressure this spring/summer. But from everything I’ve been hearing, we are NOT going to be that lucky with whitefly on poinsettia this year.
This post goes over preventative measures that should be taken as soon as cuttings come in the door, biocontrol programs for whitefly on poinsettia, and WHEN and WHAT to spray for this so you can avoid resistance issues.
Continue reading “Worried About Whitefly? Control Strategies in Poinsettia for 2018.”
Powdery mildew on cut roses in Ontario.
With May’s weather continuing to be up and down, humidity control is a problem in the greenhouse, meaning Powdery Mildew (PM) is too. This pest is rearing it’s ugly head in crops like Kalanchoe and Dahlia.
We won’t cover the basics of PM here: biology, spread and prevention were covered in a previous post. Instead, we’ll focus on monitoring, and which control products to use once you’ve found an infection.
This post was written with help from Plant Pathologist Ann Zemke of the Chase Research Group.
Continue reading “Powdery Mildew Being a Pain? Effective Products for PM Relief.”
IPM in potted mums can be challenging at times, but Ontario has lots of strategies for thrips control in this crop.
New to a thrips biological control program for chrysanthemums, or just need a refresher on the most effective strategies currently being used in the industry? Then watching the Greenhouse Canada Webinar, “Tips for Thrips Control: From Propagation to Pocketbook” is a good place to start.
Keep reading for the webinar link and some chrsysanthemum IPM tips for 2018.
Continue reading “May IPM Refresher: Effectively Controlling Thrips in Mums”
Navigating the guidelines for exporting plant material out of a Japanese Beetle (JB) zone such as Ontario can be tricky business, especially with upcoming changes to the Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program (GCP; formerly CGCP).
Also not helping is the general lack of information out there regarding proper timing of JB control products. For example, did you know that NO products are considered effective between May 15 and June 15? This could create problems if you’re shipping outside Ontario in the next month and haven’t treated yet.
To make things easier, I’ve created a treatment “decision tree” and a JB product “cheat sheet” for growers of greenhouse ornamentals.
Continue reading “Exporting to a JB-free Zone? Proper Pesticide Timing for Japanese Beetle Control in Ontario.”
Weekly-mum producers have seen higher-than-normal spider mite levels coming in on cuttings from the U.S. recently. This might impact seasonal potted-mum growers as well.
Here’s some tips and tricks on two spotted spider mite control within a chrysanthemum IPM program.
Continue reading “LOOK OUT! Here comes the Spider Man! (Oops. I mean Mites. Spider mites. Sorry; way less exciting).”
Oedema on the young leaves in this begonia basket.
Oedema, that physiological disorder that appears during periods of low light and high humidity. There’s been quite a bit of it reported in Ontario greenhouses this spring, and unfortunately it’s related to the long rainy (or snowy!) spring we’ve been having. If you’ve noticed salt-like crystals, odd tumour-like growths or water-soaked spots on either side of your plant leaves this disorder might be the culprit.
The disorder affects a wide variety of greenhouse ornamentals. It’s usually noticed in spring crops like sweet potato vine (ipomea), geranium, begonia and/or petunia. Continue reading “Oh dear! It’s Oedema.”
The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators, including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations. Awards of up to $75,000 are available. Nominate someone you know now!
Continue reading “Know an Innovative Grower? The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence (up to $75,000!) is Open for Applications”