A new (biological!) tool to tackle Japanese Beetle.

See the original post by Jen Llewellyn at ONnurserycrops.wordpress.com. 

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Japanese beetles attack ornamental plants and make shipping out of Ontario more difficult.

It’s almost that time of year again – time for Japanese beetles to begin their flight and make exporting ornamental plants from Ontario more difficult.

But this year, we have a new biological insecticide is available for managing both the larval and adult stages of Japanese Beetle. 

Read more on it’s use and availability.

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Updates on Ornamental Disease Webinar Series, “Let’s Talk Disease”.

Screen shot of advertisement for the first webinar in the series, featuring John Lea-CoxWe are ecstatic to report that the webinar series “LET’S TALK DISEASE”  hosted by Greenhouse Canada Magazine and OMAFRA has had high interest and participation from growers.

Running from March to late April, this series covers topics from sanitation measures, to the most effective fungicides for persistent pests like powdery mildew.

Keep reading for and UPDATED list of dates and exciting speakers, and how you can view presentations you might have missed

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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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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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Fainting “Freedom Red”? Wilting “Whitestar”? Potential causes of Poinsettia collapse, solutions, and the importance of testing.

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Wilting  of a poinsettia plant on a bench of otherwise healthy plants could be Pythium root rot. But then again, it might not…

From now until mid-November is when you’ll most likely see plant losses in poinsettia due to severe wilting. These losses can be considerable: anywhere from 2-15% in Niagara operations in past years, with disease pressure seeming especially high this year.

Pythium may be considered the most “likely” culprit in Poinsettia in this area, but this isn’t always the case, and misdiagnosis can mean wasted fungicide applications. Read on for a list of likely suspects and appropriate control measures.

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Managing Million Bells, 2017 Updates

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Rooted Calibrachoa plugs. Photo from jparkers.co.uk

It’s that time of year again, when unrooted cuttings or rooted plug trays of Million Bells (Calibrachoa) are first arriving in the greenhouse.  

When they go right, Calibrachoa are a relatively easy, staple spring crop.  However, when million bells go bad, they go bad BIG time.

To help your crop turn out this year, Chevonne and I have compiled some info on how to prevent and deal with common issues in Callies.

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