Salvia Skyscraper ‘Orange’ — Selecta
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Salvia Skyscraper ‘Orange’ — Selecta
Read more about the Trial Gardens' picks here.
In a press release, young plant producer ForemostCo announced that salesmen Thomas H. “Tom” DeHaven, Jr., of Hollywood, Florida, died on Oct. 1. He was 67.
DeHaven joined the ForemostCo family 20 years ago, and achieved the highest plateaus in friendship and professionalism. His sales territory was in the southeast United States, plus he managed key plant sources in China.
“He was a cherished colleague and friend who will be missed by many, but never forgotten by those fortunate to have known him,” said Joseph C. Roberts, COO of ForemostCo. "Tom left a powerful impression on the industry and will indeed be greatly missed."
DeHaven was born on August 23, 1952 in Winchester, Virginia, to the late Thomas H. DeHaven, Sr. and Delores C. DeHaven Hoover. He graduated from James Wood High School in Winchester in 1970. He then attended and received his undergraduate degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech in 1975. He was a loyal and true Hokie fan for life.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary F. DeHaven, also of Hollywood, whom he married on August 13, 1981. He is also survived by his sister, Brenda DeHaven Newcome (Charles) of Winchester and his stepfather, Clarence “Salty” Hoover, also of Winchester.
A celebration of life service for DeHaven will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Little Mountain United Methodist Church, located at 259 Little Mountain Church Rd. in Winchester. A reception in the church social hall will be held immediately following the service.
DeHaven's tribute wall, full obituary and a link to buy flowers for the family can be found here.
In a press release, Dümmen Orange announced that Hugo Noordhoek Hegt will become the next Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2020. At the same date, current CEO Biense Visser will retire.
Hegt formally joins Dümmen on Nov. 1, allowing him time to further his knowledge of the company, its global operations and its clients. Following the transition period Biense will continue to support the delivery of the company’s strategy as a member of the Dümmen Orange Supervisory Board.
"I'm very happy with the decision of the Supervisory Board and I trust that given Hugo’s leadership and international business background the implementation of Dümmen Orange’s strategy will be accelerated," Visser said.
Hegt was born and raised in the Netherlands. He obtained a Master's degree in Law at Leiden University in 1986. After his military service, Hugo worked for 17 years at Akzo Nobel in a variety of roles spanning the globe. He fulfilled several sales and marketing management positions within the Coatings division in the Netherlands. In 1995, he was sent to China as a manager within a joint venture with Beijing Red Lion coatings. Following that, in 1997, he became Head of the Car Refinishes division in North Asia, initially based in Singapore and later in Shanghai. In 2001, Hegt was appointed Managing Director of the Global Non-Stick and High Heat Coatings business based in Chicago with manufacturing facilities in the US, South America, Europe and Asia.
In 2004, Hegt left Akzo Nobel for Swiss family-owned company Sicpa based in Lausanne with a remit to manage and then sell the Packaging Inks division. After closing the divestment in 2005, he was appointed as a board member of Siegwerk Druckfarben (the acquirer of the Sicpa business) in Cologne, Germany. Hugo left Siegwerk after 12 years in 2017 to support a start-up company called Fintech Foundry as a director and co-investor. In late 2018, he was also co-founder of X-Infex B.V. and joined its executive team. X-Infex develops new antimicrobial polymers to complement and expand the arsenal of existing treatments against infections.
“Hugo has been a highly successful executive in a variety of roles and industries” said Jean-Baptiste Wautier, chairman of the Supervisory Board for Dümmen Orange. “Even more important, he's a great fit for Dümmen Orange having demonstrated strategic agility, business acumen, vision, and leadership throughout his career. We're delighted that he's accepted the position.”
“I'm honoured and grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional company of creative, dedicated and talented professionals,” said Hegt, per the release. “We produce innovative, relevant and beautiful products every day, which impact the world far beyond where we live. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome.”
On Dec. 12, a Greenhouse Production, Technology, & Labor-Saving bus tour will take place during the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Led by Michigan State University Extension Educator Heidi Lindberg, the tour features visits to four greenhouse producers in western Michigan. The tour will highlight technology and labor-saving methods and strategies to reduce the cost of production while maintaining plant quality. Participants should dress warmly and wear close-toed, water-repellent shoes or boots and be prepared for a significant amount of time standing. The tour includes lunch and snacks. It is limited to 55 attendees.
The tour stops will include:
Revolution Farms, a one-acre hydroponic farm in Caledonia, Michigan that produces 10,000 pounds of lettuce each week. Participants will see hydroponic raft technology, high-intensity LED lighting, and numerous labor-saving techniques such as a rotational flow of product from the propagation area until the finished area and conveyor belts into the cooler.
Henry Mast Greenhouse, a large wholesale producer of potted floral crops, rooted liners, and spring flowering plants. With a combined area of more than 32 acres of production, Henry Mast Greenhouse has three facilities in Byron Center, Michigan. Participants will see extensive technology including: MTZ Formflex basket systems, shade curtains and LED boom lighting.
Spring Meadow Nursery, which has 40 acres of greenhouse and 100 acres of woody shrub stock fields. As the primary woody-plant propagator for Proven Winners, Spring Meadow Nursery produces plugs and liners of over 400 unique flowering shrubs, vines, and evergreens. Participants will see numerous energy efficiency projects: LED lighting, in‐floor heating, energy curtains, and shade curtains. Also see labor‐saving technologies and practices including: robotic vegetative cutting sticking machine, automatic transplanter, automated grading machine, trimming machine, parboiled rice hull top‐dress blower and LEAN‐flow techniques.
Walters Gardens, which ships 20 million perennial liners each year to wholesale growers, landscapers, and municipalities in the US and Canada. Their growing space is 13 acres of greenhouse in Zeeland, Michigan and 1,500 acres of field production in Allegan county. The state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities include LED toplighting, in-floor heating and tissue culture laboratories.
For more information or to register to attend, visit.glexpo.com.
From University of Connecticut professor Richard McAvoy:
Expectations for 2020: Easter 2020 falls on April 12, which allows enough time to complete the entire 23-week lily-forcing schedule without shortcuts.
Pot-cooled bulbs are normally potted & held for three weeks at 63° F before the six weeks of bulb cooling (at 40-45° F) begins (see the 2020 Easter Lily schedule for details). The bulbs then require 14 weeks of greenhouse forcing. This entire process requires 23 weeks from initial potting to Easter. This is the same process that is used for both naturally cooled and CTF bulbs.
Case-cooled bulbs require six weeks of cooling followed by 17 weeks of greenhouse forcing to flower in time for Easter. Schedule to receive commercially case-cooled bulb by December 15, 2019 and plant immediately. If you cool your own bulbs, start Nov. 3 (23 weeks before Easter). Insurance lighting will not needed, unless you cannot complete the full six weeks of bulb cooling.
Insurance lighting: Provide insurance lighting if you know or suspect that bulbs have not received the entire six weeks of cooling. Insurance lighting refers to night break lighting used to produce a long day photoperiod. Insurance lighting applied immediately following shoot emergence has the same effect as bulb cooling or vernalization. Therefore, use insurance lighting to substitute for inadequate bulb cooling. Provide one day of insurance lighting for each day of lost cooling. Incandescent, fluorescent or HID lighting in excess of 10 f.c. from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily will provide the necessary night break.
Fertigation: Start fertilizing using a 15-0-15 or comparable formulation when lilies emerge. For potting medium not fortified with phosphorus, use 20-10-20 on an alternating basis with a 15-0-15. Fertilizer rates should range from 200-400 ppm. Do not allow medium EC to exceed 3-3.5 mmho/cm based on a Saturated Media Extract. Stop fertilizing one week prior to sale and use clear watering prior to shipping to reduce salt levels and maximize keeping quality. Do not withhold water or fertilizer to slow development. Do not overwater (i.e. water too frequently), or root rot problems may occur.
Decrease leaf yellowing and delay flower senescence: To prevent early-season leaf yellowing (7 to 10 days before visible bud) & mid-season leaf yellowing (7 to 10 days after visible bud) spray Fascination or Fresco at 10/10 ppm. Apply only to lower leaves & cover thoroughly. To prevent late-season leaf yellowing and post-harvest flower senescence, thoroughly cover all foliage & buds with spray at 100/100 ppm to. Apply when buds are 3 to 3 ½” long but not more than 14 days before shipping or cooling. Protects leaves from yellowing for up to 14 days. Note: Avoid direct contact of spray to immature leaves during early- & mid-season applications or increased stem stretch will result.
Disease and pest control: Before planting, clean bulbs of debris removing any damaged scales, especially scales that show evidence of infection. Once potted, root rots associated with Rhizoctonia, Fusarium and Pythium are a concern. Drench immediately with Banrot, Pageant Intrinsic, broad-spectrum fungicides, or you can treat to control these diseases separately by selecting from the fungicides specifically registered for Rhizoctonia, Fusarium and Pythium control on lily. Materials registered for Rhizoctonia and/or Fusarium include 3336, OHP 6672, 26/36 and many generics; Pageant Intrinsic, Emblem, Mural and Terraclor (Rhizoctonia). Materials registered for controlling Pythium include Alude, Banol, Subdue Maxx (beware of using mefenoxam exclusively because of widespread fungicide resistance issues with this active ingredient), Segway O and Truban.
Check with manufacturers regarding compatibility when tank mixing fungicides. Re-applied fungicides later in the crop as needed, check labels for guidance. Preventative biological fungicides (RootShield, Rootshield Plus, Cease, Actinovate, Mycostop, Companion, Prestop and Triathlon BA or Double- Nickel (Triathlon BA and Double-Nickel have the same a.i.) may be applied at planting for disease suppression and to enhance root growth. Check with company or product labels information for safe time intervals between application of biological agents and chemical fungicides.
Aphids, fungus gnats and bulb mites are a major concern. Many chemicals are listed for aphid control, including: Safari, Flagship, Tristar, Marathon and many generics, DuraGuard, Enstar AQ, Suffoil X,, M- Pede, Kontos, Endeavor, Aria, Mainspring GNL and Rycar. Fungus gnats can be controlled with some of these same chemicals as well as Citation, Distance, Adept, Pylon, insect parasitic nematodes (Nemasys, NemaShield, Scanmask, Entonem) and Gnatrol WDG. Bulb mites, Rhizoglyphus robini, represent one of the more troublesome insect pests on lilies and effective management requires an integrated approach. Bulb mites are a secondary pest commonly associated with decay caused by fungus gnat damage and soil-borne fungal pathogens.
Note: Registration of pesticides varies by state so consult and follow labels for registered use. To avoid any potential phytotoxicity or residue problems, spot test before widespread use. No discrimination intended for products not listed.
Note: Registration of pesticides varies by state so consult and follow labels for registered uses. To avoid any potential phytotoxicity or residue problems, spot test first before widespread use. No discrimination intended for products not listed.
Controlling Lily Height: Monitor lily height regularly during forcing. If height exceeds the target size, run negative DIF or use a growth retardant such as A-Rest, Chlormequat E-Pro, Concise, Cycocel or Sumagic to slow stem elongation. If height is less than the target size, run positive DIF or use a gibberellin PRG such as Fascination or Fresco to increase stem elongation. Split applications of PGRs provide the best results. You can apply any of the PGRs at ½ to ¼ the normal rate (or even less) and use multiple applications as needed. Reduce the concentrations of Sumagic used when combined with DIF. Use DIF, or cool morning DIP, to control lily height. Equal day/night temperatures, high night/low day temperatures or a cool morning temperature dip will produce a DIF effect and keep lilies short.
Lily storage: Lilies can be stored for up to 14 days in the dark at 35-45° F when buds turn white but before they open. Spray for Botrytis control prior to moving lilies to cold storage. Fungicides labeled for botrytis control include Affirm, Phyton, and the biofungicide Cease. Always follow label directions and test fungicides on a small group of lilies for damage to or residue on lily buds before using on the entire crop. Water Easter lilies thoroughly before starting cold storage. After removing from the cooler, place lilies in a shady location to avoid excessive wilting.