Resources for Nursery & Greenhouse
|Greenhouse Heater Checklist||Aug 17, 2009||2906-1387|
|Getting Started in the Nursery Business: Nursery Production Options||
The nursery industry in Virginia has enjoyed an extended period of growth and expansion. Consequently, there is considerable interest in and some potential for new business opportunities in the industry. Another consequence of this period of economic growth is an increase in competition within the industry to supply the growing demand for landscape plants. Those interested in getting into the nursery business are strongly encouraged to invest their time and energy into learning as much as they can about the modern nursery industry, and the many options now available in nursery production, before they invest any money in facilities and operations.
|Apr 27, 2015||430-050 (HORT-89P)|
|Monitoring Nutrients in Large Nursery Containers||May 1, 2009||430-070|
|Dealing with the High Cost of Energy for Greenhouse Operations||Mar 16, 2018||430-101 (HORT-284P)|
|Using Plant Growth Regulators on Containerized Herbaceous Perennials||Jun 8, 2012||430-103 (HORT-4P)|
|Virginia Cut Holly Production: Planning and Site Selection||May 1, 2009||430-465|
|Virginia Cut Holly Production: Alternative Ground Cover||May 1, 2009||430-466|
|Virginia Cut Holly Production: Orchard Layout and Planting||May 1, 2009||430-467|
|Virginia Cut Holly Production: Holly Pollination and Honey Bees||May 1, 2009||430-468|
|Virginia Cut Holly Production: Pest Management||May 1, 2009||430-469|
|Virginia Cut Holly Production: Pruning, Harvesting and Marketing||May 1, 2009||430-470|
|Virginia Cut Holly Production: Vegetation Control||May 1, 2009||430-471|
|Soil Sample Information Sheet for Commercial Greenhouse and Nursery Production||Jun 23, 2017||452-126(CSES-190NP)|
|Pest Management Guide: Field Crops, 2018||Mar 1, 2018||456-016 (ENTO-239P)|
|Pest Management Guide: Horticultural and Forest Crops, 2017||Feb 17, 2017||456-017 (ENTO-222P)|
|Imported Willow Leaf Beetle||
Imported willow leaf beetle was identified in the United States in 1915. It likely arrived on landscape plants shipped from Europe, where it is native.
|May 20, 2015||ENTO-139NP|
|Advanced Irrigation Management for Container-Grown Ornamental Crop Production||
Container-grown plants are constrained with regard to root growth, and are affected by factors including container size, substrate, weather, nutrition, and irrigation. Typical soilless substrates will hold less plant-available water than a typical field soil, making water management a critical component of any container-grown plant production system. A well-designed and managed irrigation system, which works in concert with the aforementioned factors, can provide the necessary quantity of water to support plant growth in an efficient manner.
|Sep 23, 2016||HORT-218P|
|GroZone Tracker||Sep 21, 2016||HORT-227P|
|Guide to Identifying Food Safety Hazards in Greenhouse Systems||
According to the United States Department of Agriculture 2012 Census of Agriculture, sales from greenhouse-grown food crops equaled around $800 million in the U.S. Crops grown included tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, and berries, with hydroponic production operations making up about 64% of the total production (cwt) (USDA Census of Agriculture, 2012). Demand for greenhouse-grown produce continues to increase, providing growers with unique opportunities to tap into this expanding market. Although greenhouse systems provide a more protected environment than field-grown systems, it is important to understand the unique food safety risks and possible sources of contamination when growing produce in these systems. Identifying food safety hazards are necessary to implementing practices that reduce the risk of contamination during the pre-plant, production, harvest, and post-harvest handling stages. Use the checklist below to guide you in asking important questions targeting possible risks at each of the greenhouse system stages.
|Jul 10, 2017||HORT-254NP|
|Mixed Infection of Strawberry Mottle Virus and Strawberry Mild Yellow Edge Virus in the Southeastern United States||Oct 25, 2017||HORT-268P|
|Selecting and Using Plant Growth Regulators on Floricultural Crops||
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are chemicals that are designed to affect plant growth and/or development (figure 1). They are applied for specific purposes to elicit specific plant responses. Although there is much scientific information on using PGRs in the greenhouse, it is not an exact science. Achieving the best results with PGRs is a combination of art and science — science tempered with a lot of trial and error and a good understanding of plant growth and development. good understanding of plant growth and development.
|Nov 18, 2013||430-102 (HORT-43P)|
|Virginia Boxwood Blight Task Force||
To provide leadership in safeguarding and protecting the ornamental horticulture industry, historical gardens and landscape plantings from boxwood blight.
|May 20, 2014||PPWS-30|
|Plant Injury From Herbicide Residue||
In recent years, an increased number of cases of injury from herbicide residue in straw/hay, manure, and compost have been diagnosed in the Virginia Tech Plant Disease Clinic. Growers are surprised and dismayed to learn that manure, straw, mulch, or other amendments intended to improve their garden or landscape might have such unforeseen consequences. Of particular concern to organic growers are herbicide residues.
|Aug 22, 2016||PPWS-77P|