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Greenhouse Farming Starter Guide

Greenhouse farming When you grow plants out in the open field, your soil has time to rest and regenerate. Not so in the greenhouse, where the climate is much hotter and the soil and plants are working hard all year round. Soil temperatures…
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Nematode: Our Silent Nemesis?

Nematode are microscopic, non-segmented, round worms that come under the Phylum Nematoda.  They are very diverse and live in organisms, plants, soils and water (terrestrial and aquatic).  100 cc of soil can contain several thousand nematodes. Nematodes…

Crescent Joya: My Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease Story

Maize farmers dread it Understandably so, because it causes total crop failure And it has no cure.. The only way to handle it is to prevent it. What are we talking about? Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease aka MLND. A lethal viral…

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…

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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Controlling Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN)

Nematodes are the silent enemy. Lets look at avoiding disasters by spotting Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN) early in potatoes. Potato Cyst Nematodes – know what you’re dealing with before you plant Because of the devastating and persistent nature…
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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)…

The Mighty Millipede: Friend-turned-foe?

By Ruth Vaughan The decomposers' heroic deeds in farms are fast being replaced by a trail of destructive activities Have the beneficial worm Millipede turned predatory? This is the question scientists and some potato farmers are grappling…