Annual Bedding Plant Production

  • 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.

  • Cold-tolerant bedding plants

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

  • Cold-sensitive bedding plants

    Published on December 22, 2013
    Bedding plants that stop developing at a relatively high temperature can be labeled as cold-sensitive plants. This categorization is based on estimates of base temperatures derived from research data primarily generated at Michigan State University.

  • Flowering of petunia at low temperatures

    Published on November 22, 2013
    Temperature and photoperiod interact to influence flowering of petunia. This article presents research-based information to better understand how to manipulate the environment for rapid flowering.

  • Wave petunia smart scheduling

    Published on March 22, 2013
    We quantified the effects of temperature and photosynthetic daily light integral on flowering time and characteristics of 15 Wave petunia cultivars, then generated temperature-based flowering time models for more predictable greenhouse scheduling.

  • Manipulating day and night temperatures to control flowering and heating costs

    Published on February 22, 2013
    The difference between the day and night temperature influences plant height of many floriculture crops, as well as greenhouse energy consumption for heating.

  • The latest on plug production: Seedling plug size effects on flowering time

    Published on September 22, 2012
    We evaluated the effect of two plug sizes on finish crop time, plant quality characteristics, and estimated production costs for five bedding plant species.

  • High-temperature stress of bedding plants

    Published on May 17, 2012
    There are some bedding plant crops that tolerate high temperatures quite well, while others develop heat stress symptoms at lower temperatures.

  • Environmental & genetic approaches to lower greenhouse heating costs

    Published on March 22, 2012
    To lower energy costs for greenhouse heating, we have taken two approaches: to optimize greenhouse temperature on a species- and seasonal-basis, and to develop genetic resources to help facilitate the breeding of crops that flower earlier.

  • Scheduling bedding plants for energy-efficient production

    Published on February 22, 2012
    In this article, we discuss the effects of average daily temperature and starting size of plugs on flowering time and crop quality of a variety of annual bedding plants.