Greenhouses require lighting and the Michigan State University Extension floriculture team offer regional meetings and online courses on greenhouse and horticulture lighting.
October 1, 2017 - Author: ANR Communications and Marketing
The market for greenhouse-grown ornamentals has become increasingly competitive, reducing grower profitability and increasing the need to cut operating costs. As crop margins continue to decrease, energy costs are becoming a grower’s largest expenses. Michigan State University Extension assists ornamental plant growers in finding methods to reduce energy costs while still producing high-quality plants.
Using supplemental lighting is essential in greenhouses to increase crop quality and control flowering of some crops. In fact, 72 percent of greenhouse facilities use high-pressure sodium lamps for supplemental lighting of crops. To address this concern, the MSU Extension floriculture team offered three regional meetings and an online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting: