Poinsettia Prep Refresher

JF14Now that poinsettias are safely tucked into their prop trays and the threat of Erwinia (Pectobacterium) is almost over, it’s time to think about other Poinsettia issues.

Root rots, nutritional issues, environmental stress and PGR mistakes can all be costly in this high-value crop.  Read on for common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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Tips and Tricks for Outdoor Mum and Hydrangea Production this Summer

This post was co-authored by Dr. Jeanine West, Flowers Canada Ontario’s Environment Specialist

outdoor 6Do you grow hardy mums and hydrangeas outdoors?  If so, this blog post is for you!  Flowers Canada Ontario, the Soil Resource Group and OMAFRA have collected data about fertilizer and water management in outdoor greenhouse crops over the last few summers, and have some updated production information for growers to think about over this year’s season.

The goal of the study was to look at ways to improve fertilizer and irrigation efficiency outside of the greenhouse.  Continue reading “Tips and Tricks for Outdoor Mum and Hydrangea Production this Summer”

Japanese beetles are in flight! WHAT and WHEN to spray.

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Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) adults were spotted flying on June 29 (2018) in Ontario!

The Japanese beetle season is upon us once again!  Adults were spotted this week in Southern Ontario.

Shipping outside Ontario or need to meet the requirements of the JB Certification Program? Not sure what’s required?

This post contains a treatment “decision tree” and a JB product “cheat sheet” to help growers of greenhouse ornamentals.

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Worried About Whitefly? Control Strategies in Poinsettia for 2018.

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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.

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Powdery Mildew Being a Pain? Effective Products for PM Relief.

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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.

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May IPM Refresher: Effectively Controlling Thrips in Mums

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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.

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Exporting to a JB-free Zone? Proper Pesticide Timing for Japanese Beetle Control in Ontario.

japanese beetle_daveNavigating 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.

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