Ornamental Horticulture: Programming to Increase Profitability and Sustainability of Michigan’s Ornamental Plant IndustryDOWNLOAD
December 22, 2016
Climate, soils and a centralized location to markets make Michigan a national leader in producing greenhouse-grown plant material, landscape nursery stock and Christmas trees. Michigan is the third largest floriculture crop producer and the largest young plant producer in the United States. In 2014, the total value of all floriculture crops in Michigan was over $409 million.
Summer and Winter Christmas Tree Meetings
Best Management Practices for Nursery and Christmas Tree Crops
- The programs focus on managing water quality, irrigation and nutrition, and help growers develop a systems approach to protecting their operations from invasive pests, those requiring a quarantine and other pests.
Floriculture and Nursery Digests and Newsletters
Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo
- Effective use of fungicides to manage plant pathogens on ornamental crops.
- Applying plant growth regulators (PGR) for controlling height growth of container-grown conifers.
- Using LEDs to deliver supplemental lighting in greenhouses and sole-source lighting of high-value specialty crops.
- Remediating and reusing nursery run-off to irrigate ornamental crops.
- Improving transplant success of container-grown trees.
- Effect of release rate of controlled release fertilizer on growth and foliar nutrition of container-grown conifers.
- Using plant growth regulators to control growth and cone production in Christmas trees and ornamental conifers.
- Evaluating nitrogen source and application timing for optimal nitrogen uptake.
- Evaluating Turkish and Trojan fir for Christmas tree production through the Collaborative Fir Germplasm Evaluation Project.
- Conducting insecticide efficacy studies on dip solutions on annual cuttings to increase use of biological controls with clean propagative materials.
- Researching the impact of imidacloprid as a soil drench on potted flowers and linden trees as it impacts pollinators 1 and 12 months after treatment.
- Marketing › Perceptions of plant guarantees by consumers. › Eye-tracking study to access where consumers look when viewing plants in branded containers. › Using RTF codes for tracking and inventory of plant material.