Temperature controls the rate of plant development and thus, crop timing. Temperature can also influence extension growth of plants, greenhouse energy consumption, and crop quality attributes. Additional information on temperature, including crop responses and greenhouse energy consumption, are listed in the articles below. Additional resources follow.
- Virtual Grower, a free computer program for greenhouse growers to predict heating costs. Developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
- Temperature and Scheduling: Improving Greenhouse Production Efficiency by Erik Runkle and Matthew Blanchard, Michigan State University.
- Greenhouse Temperature Management by A.J. Both, Rutgers University.
Published on January 17, 2007
Given the high cost of greenhouse heating, many growers are lowering the temperature set points. While there are some advantages to lowering the thermostat, some negative consequences can arise.
Published on November 15, 2006
This article reviews the effects of temperature on production time of floriculture crops, especially annual bedding plants, and the impacts on greenhouse energy consumption for heating.
Published on October 17, 2006
Recognizing ethylene symptoms and knowing how to test for its presence will help minimize greenhouse production problems.
Published on July 29, 2003
Michigan State University research shows what effects temperature and daily light integral have on bedding plant production.