Greenhouse & Ornamentals

This page includes information on cut flowers, landscape ornamentals, and greenhouse/high tunnel management. See also:

To navigate within this page more quickly, click on the links below.


General


The Department of Horticulture at Cornell University

http://hort.cals.cornell.edu/
Cornell University Department of Horticulture
134A Plant Science Bldg.
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-4568
Fax: (607) 255-9998
E-mail: 

Establishing and Operating a Garden Center: Requirements and Costs

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes161.html

Susan S. Barton, Bridget Behe, Charles R. Hall et al., Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, 2002

Discusses planning, capital investments, product mixes, labor, customer profiles, garden center layouts, pricing, advertising, and financial analysis. 2 example businesses are analyzed throughout the book: 1 with annual sales of $1 million and another with annual sales of $350,000. The book is for potential and current garden center owners, their business advisors, educators, and researchers. 66 pages. Item NRAES-161. $15 plus S&H. Available from NRAES Horticulture Publications

[http://www.nraes.org/publications/horticulture.html]

Call or write to:

NRAES Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
E-mail: 

Country Folks Grower

http://www.cfgrower.com/

Country Folks Grower is a trade newspaper covering monthly topics for greenhouses, nurseries, fruit and vegetable growers, direct marketers, and gardening centers on the east coast. Monthly features include: trade shows, fruit and vegetable equipment, direct marketing, irrigation, pest control, packaging, new products and supplies, structures and storage buildings, specialty crops, greenhouses, and products. For subscription information, write or call:

6113 State Highway 5
Palatine Bridge, NY 13428
Phone: 1-800-218-5586 or (518) 673-3237 ext. 242
Fax: (518) 673-2381
E-mail:

Cut Flowers

 


Cut Flowers, Greenhouses, and Nurseries

University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Factsheets on producing annual sunflowers, Asiatic and Oriental lilies, celosia, yarrow as cut flowers, purple coneflowers,anemone, and larkspurs as cut flowers

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Integrated Pest Management for Cut Flower Growers

http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/greenhs/htms/cutflwr.htm

University of Connecticut

Information for cut flower growers about how to use integrated pest management to manage pests while maintaining crop productivity, quality, and marketability.


Floral Facts — Index of Factsheets

http://www.umass.edu/umext/floriculture/fact_sheets/index.html

University of Massachusetts Extension

Index of factsheets on topics of interest to commercial flower growers, including cut flowers.


The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers

Lynn Byczynski

An excellent resource for beginning and experienced flower growers. Chapters include choosing varieties, site and soil preparation, planting and transplanting, woody ornamentals, dried flowers, postharvest handling, arranging, and much more. A multitude of marketing options, from pick-your-own operations and farmers’ markets to selling directly to florists, supermarkets, and wholesalers is investigated. 207 pages. Available for $28 ($25 for members) from Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

[http://www.ascfg.org/]

To order publications, call the ASCFG at (440) 774-2887.


Field Grown Cut Flowers: A Practical Guide and Sourcebook

Alan Stevens

This book concentrates on production from a labor management perspective. Discusses marketing approaches, production factors, and management issues for the profitable production of specialty cut flowers. 404 pages. Available for $40 ($36 for members) from Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

[http://www.ascfg.org/]

To order publications, call the ASCFG at (440) 774-2887.


Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

http://www.ascfg.org/

The ASCFG’s essential goal is to help growers of specialty cut flowers produce a better crop. Their web site features regional events, research activities, resources, and a searchable database of cut flower growers.

ASCFG
P.O. Box 268
Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: (440) 774-2887
Fax: (440) 774-2435
E-mail: 

ATTRA Herb & Flower Resources

http://attra.ncat.org/horticultural.html#Herbs

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas ATTRA is one of the best sources of information on cut flowers. It provides many publications, both online and in print, for those interested in growing cut flowers, including:

  • Sustainable Cut Flower Production — Lane Greer
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/cutflower.html
  • Woody Ornamentals for Cut Flower Growers — Janet Bachmann
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/woodyornamentals.html

These and other ATTRA publications can also be obtained for free by calling ATTRA at 1-800-346-9140, Monday-Friday, from 7am to 7pm CST.


Landscape Ornamentals

 


Landscape Business Planning Guide

http://dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/extensionpdf/2003/Cornell_AEM_eb0313.pdf

Jeremy Stark, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, August 2003

This business planning guide aims to reduce the risk of failure for landscaping businesses through the creation of a well-conceived business plan, optimizing the chances of survival, and ultimately, prosperity.


Herbaceous Perennials Production: A Guide from Propagation to Marketing

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes93.html

Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont Cooperative Extension System, Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, 1998

This publication is a comprehensive information source that considers the diversity of situations encountered by perennial growers in businesses of all sizes. Key chapters in the book discuss production systems and schedules; propagation (including media, nutrients, environmental requirements, and methods); plug production; transplant and seedling care; nursery and field production; pest control (including deer and small animals); and forcing out-of-season bloom. Practical discussions about starting a business, marketing and customer service, setting prices for plants, and designing a production facility are included as well. 220 pages. Item NRAES-93. $27 plus S&H. Available from NRAES Horticulture Publications

[http://www.nraes.org/publications/horticulture.html]

Call or write to:

NRAES Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
E-mail: 

Cultural Ornamental Problems

http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/indices/0cultornprobindex.html

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

An index of online publications from URI about specific cultural problems with ornamental plants.


Ornamental horticulture publications

http://northeastipm.org/gree_all.cfm
http://www.cfap.org/afs_temp3.cfm?topicID=435

Links to ornamental horticulture pest management resourses.


Ornamental Trees & Shrubs

http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/treeshru/index.htm

West Virginia University Extension Service

Links and resources about growing ornamental trees and shrubs.


University of Connecticut Plant Database Home Page

http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/

University of Connecticut

Comprehensive information and photographs of over 600 woody landscape species suitable for cultivation throughout the state. The newest feature of this resource, the Plant Selector, affords users a quick, powerful method of finding plants that express specific ornamental and cultural traits.


Landscape Nursery and Urban Forestry

http://www.umassgreeninfo.org/

University of Massachusetts Landscape Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Factsheets, publications, services, and resources pertaining to landscape nursery and urban forestry. For more information, call (413) 545-0111 or e-mail 


American Nursery and Landscape Association

http://www.anla.org/

The American Landscape and Nursery Association is the national voice of the nursery and landscape industry. Members grow, distribute, and retail plants of all types, and design and install landscapes for residential and commercial companies. ANLA provides education, research, public relations, and representation services to members.

American Nursery and Landscape Association
1000 Vermont Ave. NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005-4914
Phone: (202) 789-2900
Fax: (202) 789-1893

ATTRA Herb & Flower Resources

http://attra.ncat.org/horticultural.html#Herbs

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas ATTRA is one of the best sources of information on cut flowers. It provides many publications, both online and in print, for those interested in growing cut flowers, including:

  • Sustainable Cut Flower Production — Lane Greer
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/cutflower.html
  • Woody Ornamentals for Cut Flower Growers — Janet Bachmann
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/woodyornamentals.html

These and other ATTRA publications can also be obtained for free by calling ATTRA at 1-800-346-9140, Monday-Friday, from 7am to 7pm CST.


EPA – Agriculture Sector: Nurseries and Greenhouses

http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/nurgreen.html

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This site will give you information about environmental requirements specifically relating to the production of many types of agricultural crops grown in nurseries and greenhouses, such as ornamental plants and specialty fruits and vegetables.


Greenhouse/High Tunnel (Hoophouse)


2007 High Tunnels Manual

The manual was written by Ted Blomgren of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Tracy Frisch of the Regional Farm and Food Project, with Pennsylvania farmer Steve Moore. It was published by the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture. This project was made possible with funding from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

There is an accompanying DVD that features 6 farmers from 5 Northeastern states explaining how and why they constructed their high tunnel system, what they grow in it, and how it helps sustain their farming operation. You can order the video online, or call (802) 656-5459. The cost is $15 (includes shipping and handling). Make checks or money order payable to ‘UVM’ and mail to: Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont, 63 Carrigan Ave., Burlington VT 05405.

The manual is provided in a PDF format – you will need to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download, to view the publication.

If you prefer, a print version of the manual is available for $15 by contacting the Center.


High Tunnel Web Resources from Rutgers University

High tunnel growing offers season extension, yield and quality improvements, reduction in fertilizer leaching, reduction in costly pesticide and fungicide inputs, and quick payback on capital investment. They are an answer to many farmers’ problems, if you are willing to manage the technology. This expanded online resource center includes a 60-image step-by-step how-to tunnel construction tutorial by A.J. Both and Wes Kline: http://njsustainingfarms.rutgers.edu/hightunnels.html


Energy Conservation for Commercial Greenhouses

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes3.html

John W. Bartok, Jr., Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, 2001

This newly revised, highly practical book reviews the merits and limitations of current energy-conservation strategies for commercial greenhouses. Topics covered include principles of heat loss, site selection and modification, construction materials, insulation, fuels and heating, ventilation and cooling, space utilization, utilities, strategies for reducing trucking costs, and managing for efficiency. The book, a revision of the 1989 version of the same name, will be of interest to anyone who is constructing a new greenhouse, considering renovating a greenhouse, or simply looking to increase energy conservation and efficiency in daily greenhouse operation. 84 pages. Item NRAES-3. $17 plus S&H. Available from NRAES Greenhouse Publications

[http://www.nraes.org/publications/greenhouse.html]

Call or write to:

NRAES Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
E-mail: 

Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes137.html

John W. Bartok, Jr., Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, 2000

Covers every aspect of designing and constructing a home greenhouse. 8 chapters discuss the following topics: greenhouse basics, selecting a greenhouse, greenhouse planning, framing materials and glazing, greenhouse layouts and equipment, the greenhouse environment, window greenhouses and growth chambers, and garden structures. The book will help readers select and design the most appropriate size and style of greenhouse to fit their needs, find the best place to locate a greenhouse, and decide whether to build a greenhouse themselves or hire a contractor to do it. It will enable aspiring and practicing greenhouse operators to make informed decisions about foundations, glazing and framing materials, space utilization, interior design, heating and cooling systems, supplemental lighting, watering and fertilizing systems, and other greenhouse design and construction issues. 214 pages. Item NRAES-137. $25 plus S&H. Available from NRAES Greenhouse Publications

[http://www.nraes.org/publications/greenhouse.html]

Call or write to:

NRAES Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
E-mail: 

Report on High Tunnel Herb Production from Kingbird Farm in Berkshire, NY

http://www.kingbirdfarm.com/Herbfinalreport.pdf

Kingbird Farm received a SARE Farmer/Grower grant to trial methods of growing perennial and annual herbs in unheated hoophouses on their farm. This informative report provides tips and data on the most effective strategies.


Hoop House How-to Tips: a Step-by-Step Photo Tour of Hoophouse Construction

http://www.noble.org/Ag/Horticulture/HoopConstruct/Index.htm

How to Build a Hoop House Slide Show

http://www.kerrcenter.com/publications/hoophouse/hoophouse-how-to-slideshow.htm

Want to build your own hoop house? Learn how by watching instructional slide shows available free on the Kerr Center’s website. The shows take would-be builders through the construction process step-by-step. An up-to-date materials/cost list and links to websites with more information are also available free online.


High Tunnels website

http://www.hightunnels.org

This site, from Kansas State Cooperative Extension, provides photos, resource links, and informative articles on the construction and use of high tunnels, including special resource sections for educators and growers.


Video: High tunnel seminar, Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell University 

This video from Sept. 14, 2009 captures a recent Department of Horticulture seminar on the benefits of high tunnels for extending the season early and late for vegetables, flowers and berries. Presenters: Dr. Marvin Pritts, Dr. Chris Wien, and intern Elizabeth Buck.
To view the video, visit: http://blogs.cornell.edu/hort/2009/09/16/video-high-tunnel-seminar/
For more info, visit the Cornell High Tunnels website at:http://www.hort.cornell.edu/hightunnel/


Evaluating Supplemental Light for Your Greenhouse

http://extension.unh.edu/Agric/AGGHFL/OFAlight.pdf

Paul Fisher, Caroline Donnelly, James Faust, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

For greenhouse crops where increased photosynthesis leads to greater revenue (for example, more turns of an impatiens plug crop or increased yield of cut flowers), supplemental lighting can be a profitable investment. This article discusses seven aspects of supplemental lighting to help growers select the best lighting strategy for location and crop. Publication is in PDF format

 


ATTRA Greenhouse Production Resources

http://attra.ncat.org/horticultural.html#Greenhouse

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas ATTRA is one of the best sources of information on greenhouse production. It provides many publications, both online and in print, for those interested in greenhouse production, including:

  • Organic Greenhouse Vegetable Production — Lane Greer, Steve Diver
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/ghveg.html
  • Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Crops — Lane Greer, Steve Diver
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/gh-ipm.html
  • Compost Heated Greenhouses — Steve Diver
    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/compostheatedgh.html

These and other ATTRA publications can also be obtained for free by calling ATTRA at 1-800-346-9140, Monday-Friday, from 7am to 7pm CST

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