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The greenhouse program was compiled by our Greenhouse Community. For questions on sessions, tours, etc. Gina would be happy to answer your questions or help select sessions that fit your business needs.

Gina Zirkle

Learning Resource Specialist
GinaZ@AmericanHort.org
Direct Line: 614-884-1145

Welcome Greenhouse Growers.

One of the most unique operations you can be in is a greenhouse. That's no secret to you because every day the game changes. Whether it's weather-related, labor-related, or plant-related (always), you go through a million hats a day plus some. These resources offer the strategies and information you need, whenever the lightning strikes.


100+ Sessions - Relevant, Important, and Trending

Sessions are still being finalized, but in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the key topics below. NEW THIS YEAR: we'll tag finalized sessions so that you know what fits best with your experience — fundamental, intermediate, and progressive.

YOUR NEW BEST FRIENDS: BIOCONTROLS
A healthy and thriving biocontrol program can be the secret to sustainable growing success. But it's not always as easy as just putting out the packets. Topics include:

  • Biocontrol basics for beginners
  • How to combine biocontrols and pesticides safely (and profitably)
  • Hands-on workshop to get up close and personal with the good bugs

WHAT'S EATING YOUR BOTTOM LINE? IT'S NOT EDIBLES...
Edible "gardening" is growing in popularity, so the demand for edibles is driving a surge in sales. But edibles can't always just be grown like annuals, so get the low-down on how to capitalize on these tasty plants. Topics include:

  • Key facts to know when growing edibles
  • Edible ornamentals and the best of both worlds
  • New research on containerized herb production and what it means for business
  • Edible container combinations and new ways to make money

LIGHTEN UP. GOOD DECISIONS ON LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY START HERE.
Supplemental lighting can save you a lot of headaches, unless it's time to upgrade and re-strategize. Options today go beyond HPS and way beyond incandescent. Learn from the experts on not only what lights to choose but how to use them to grow a plant that looks like it's grown in heaven. Topics include:

  • Breaking through the confusion to understanding basic lighting principles and options
  • Considering factors in LED installation and operation versus conventional options
  • Controlling flowering with photoperiodic lighting 

CAN'T DECIDE ON PESTICIDES? OR FUNGICIDES, INSECTICIDES, OH MY!
A chemistry degree wasn't always required to be a successful grower, but with resistances and more products on the market than ever before, deciding what pesticide program will work best could take a PhD! Luckily, the experts are being supplied so you get the knowledge without the price tag. Topics include:

  • Chemistry updates on insecticides and fungicides
  • The latest news in Downy Mildew

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING WITH SOIL AND NUTRIENTS

It's no secret that the success of a plant relies on the success of its soil and nutrient availability. Learn how to leverage soil + nutrients and make them work together for the benefit of beautiful plants. Topics include:

  • Growing media 101 - the basic building blocks of healthy plants
  • Soilless media and nutrient considerations
  • The skinny on phosphorous and how to use it to your advantage

TECHNOLOGY TRENDS AND LIFE SAVERS

Technology is nothing to be afraid of, especially when it can save you time, manpower, and sleepless nights. See what's out there and see what's improved. Topics include:

  • Making wise technology and equipment choices
  • Understanding the pros and cons of greenhouse software and your best options

PROPAGATE PLANTS, NOT PROBLEMS

Plant propagation is a specialty, an art, and a science in and of itself. From knowing what to propagate to how and why, master your understanding of the subject and go fill the world with more plants. Topics include:

  • Cost analysis of propagation versus buying in
  • New techniques for cost-effective crop production

ANNUALS, PERENNIALS, AND WHAT'S NEW IN THEIR WORLD

Let's just talk plants, those beautiful, leafy, colorful things that our whole lives revolve around. Take some time to revisit these particular ones. Topics include:

  • Dealing with problem perennials: ferns, epimedium, and celmadus
  • Tips and tricks for common annuals (lantana, mums, pansies, etc.)

DO YOUR OWN DATA

Data is a valuable decision-making asset, as is direct experience. In-house research can be the key to both, and it doesn't need it's own R&D department. Topics include:

  • Reasons and benefits of conducting your own research
  • How to successfully gather data


GOOD BUSINESS IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS

Sessions and topics that relate to how we do business as individuals and within the supply chain. Topics include:

  • Human resources: finding labor; hiring, firing, and retaining; new regulations and changes
  • Creating good culture: navigating the family business; making employees want to stay; succession planning
  • State of the industry: updates, supply chain challenges, and women in horticulture

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