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Recent Updates for Flower Growers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  
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New England Greenhouse Update

Cultural practices play an important role for preventing and managing “damping-off” disease. See a new message on damping off by Angela Madeiras, UMass Extension Disease Diagnostic Lab.
Visit the New England Greenhouse website for more updates as well as tips on handling plugs and transplanting.

Pest Update

A little sunshine goes a long way to  improve plant growth and can also help plants to grow out of minor problems. Here are some recent “finds” in greenhouses.

Botrytis stem canker on fuchsia, calibrachoa, bacopa and other plants that have dense foliage close to the soil surface. Branches may wilt as if the plant has root rot, but in fact, they have Botrytis stem canker. Inspect the roots to rule out root disease. Pick up the canopy and look for fuzzy spores around the stems.

Fungus gnats and aphids also continue to be a problem for some growers. Need a refresher? See the message “Fungus gnats and Shore flies” posted on February 13 and “Aphids” posted on March 2nd.

Upcoming Programs

Proven Biological Control Programs for Indoor and Outdoor Production of Ornamentals
June 18, 2015

WB Young Bldg., UConn Storrs, CT

Come learn more about evaluating your biological control program, using biological controls in outdoor production areas and conservatories, and biocontrol of fungal and bacterial diseases.

Featured Speakers

  • Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
  • Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting
  • Grant Jones, IPM Specialist, Longwood Gardens

Five Pesticide re-certification credits have been approved.

Download the program and registration form

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