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Critical Issues in Plant Nutrition in Floriculture

By Ruth Vaughan <Scroll down to subscribe to this newsletter> In my line of work I visit hundreds of flower farms a year; the flourishing, the ticking over, and the ones in dire straits. A lot of my hard work is dealing with farms that…
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The Influence of Plant Nutrition on Pests and Diseases

Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts There is increasing pressure on us to grow healthy flowers, fruit and vegetables with less and less chemical pesticides.  The export markets we supply to check pesticide residues in the produce and…
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Recent Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [March 2018 Update]

Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) are the allowable limit of pesticide residues in food. The limits are ascertained through MRL testing Maximum Residue Level Changes A number of changes to EC regulations have been published. These regulations will…
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Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 2)

By Ruth Vaughan In Part 1 of our newsletter, we explored the various farming practices that improve the soil and the environment. In this second issue, we discuss various useful tips on how to maintain flower production over time (without…
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Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 1)

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director European flower importers are pushing for their suppliers to be able to demonstrate sustainable policies and practices. The pressure is on.. In order to continue to be economically sustainable one…
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Nematodes Prevention & Control

Nematodes are tiny microscopic worms that spread to and within greenhouses through contaminated plants, water, machinery, animals and humans Ornamental growers are reporting increasing nematode infestations under greenhouse production. According…
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Common Rose Plant Diseases & How To Prevent Them

Rose plant diseases limit production and quality. The most common diseases are fungal diseases. Rose Plant Diseases Causes For the disease-causing fungi to start growing you need a combination of factors to come together at one point in time: 1)…
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Ensuring Farm Produce Reaches the Kitchen and Food Table Safe

By Ruth Vaughan Concerted efforts and measures have been on-going in Kenya to enhance food safety, compliance and competitiveness in Kenya's fresh produce While horticulture has been defined as the science and art of growing fruits and…
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Curbing Horticulture Soil-Borne Diseases

By Ruth Vaughan In intensive horticulture, soil borne diseases cause yield and quality loss, and if left unchecked can result in complete project failure, as we have seen happen many times. All soils, unless completely dead, have a large and…
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Duponchelia fovealis & How to Control Them

Duponchelia fovealis, aka the European Pepper Moth, is an emerging pest in our Kenyan greenhouses. This may be due to the reduced use of harsh chemicals. You can often see the adults as you wander through the greenhouses, when disturbed they…