Annual Bedding Plants

  • How to produce poor-quality floriculture crops

    Published on September 11, 2020
    Sometimes growers unknowingly follow practices that can contribute to, or directly cause, a reduction in crop quality. While there can be some tradeoffs between crop quality and crop timing and/or input costs, these practices should be avoided.

  • A little far-red light goes a long way

    Published on May 3, 2019
    Part 4 of a 5-part series presents information on how a relatively low intensity of far-red light influences seedlings grown in fully controlled, indoor environments.

  • LEDs: Blue & far-red light

    Published on April 10, 2019
    Part 3 of a 5-part series summarizes results from an indoor lighting experiment with floriculture crop seedlings, where we determined whether blue light could nullify the effects of far red on stem elongation, without inhibiting flowering.

  • Causes of flower bud abortion

    Published on March 14, 2018
    There are many potential causes to flower bud abortion, including pests, environmental factors, and cultural factors.

  • Bedding plants with high base temperatures

    Published on December 14, 2016
    In the late winter and spring, many greenhouse growers produce a wide variety of species and cultivars, many of which are annual bedding plants. Crops can have different growing and flowering requirements, so plants shouldn’t all be grown the same way.

  • High tunnel and outdoor production of bedding plants

    Published on November 17, 2016
    As greenhouse space becomes limited in the spring, you may consider using outdoor spaces and high tunnels. Read on for insight into the benefits and risks associated with these growing strategies.

  • High tunnel and outdoor production of cold-tolerant bedding plants

    Published on November 10, 2016
    As greenhouse space becomes limited in the spring, you may consider using outdoor spaces and high tunnels. Read on for insight into the benefits and risks associated with these growing strategies.

  • Crops with relatively low optimum temperatures

    Published on May 17, 2015
    At temperatures above the optimum, plants experience stress and the rate of development begins to decrease. Learn which crops grow best at relatively cool temperatures.

  • Growing your crops above their base temperature

    Published on November 17, 2014
    Is lowering temperature set points in the greenhouse the best option for you to combat rising heating costs?

  • Cold-intermediate bedding plants

    Published on February 22, 2014
    Bedding plants that stop developing at moderately low temperatures can be labeled as cold-intermediate plants. This categorization is based on estimates of base temperatures derived from research data primarily generated at Michigan State University.