Tips and tricks for TikTok

2021-03-02T10:20:38-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

In a video shared Feb. 3, Justin Lane highlighted the red anthurium and showed viewers how he packs the plants for shipping.
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by Courtney Llewellyn

It’s always about the next big thing, whether it’s a new model of phone or the new “superfood.” The big thing in content creation and sharing right now is TikTok. (more…)

Diagnosing troubles in high tunnels

2021-03-02T10:13:25-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

While high tunnels are generally seen as boons for extended growing seasons, they’re not without their issues. Diagnosing the problems that arise is the first step in correcting them, and that was the subject of the second session in the three-part webinar series, “High Tunnels After Dark: 2020 High Tunnel Production Conference,” presented by Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Extension Services. (more…)

Diseases and pathogens in ornamental plants

2021-03-02T10:11:25-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Stephen Wagner

When you Google Francesca Hand, you’ll find a plethora of results – nursery management, Ohio Lawn Care Association, Master in Plant Health Management, Pretty Plants Doc, ornamental plant pathology. In a 151-page book titled “Plant Pathology in Ohio,” we learn that she is double degreed (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) in agricultural sciences and technologies and Ph.D. in plant pathology, all from the University of Florence, Italy. (more…)

Digging safe is ACE in California

2021-03-02T10:02:30-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Excavating ground for any reason can sometimes be a dangerous task. You may never know what’s below the surface if you don’t take certain steps first. Not taking those precautions can even be against the law.

Recent California legislation created a new type of “dig ticket” for those working the normal business operations of a farm. (more…)

Predatory Insects Like Pretty Flowers Too

2021-03-02T09:49:42-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

As biological controls become more viable as complements or replacements for pesticides and other chemicals, more growers are finding ways to keep these predatory insects happy.

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, predatory insects live longer when they have access to nectar and pollen. Flowers benefit both the insects and the farmers. (more…)