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Insider tips for greenhouse pros: Success with Poinsettias (Part 2)

Insider tips for greenhouse pros: Success with Poinsettias (Part 2)

October 1, 2019

(INTERVIEW STARTS AT 5:24) Our guest today is Dr. Todd Cavins, who’s been a guest twice before covering seed propagation and vegetative propagation and this time he’s back to finish up our two-part episode on poinsettias. Dr. Will Healy kicked off the topic last episode focusing on nutrition, explaining that when it comes to poinsettias, if you have the nutrition right, most of your problems will be greatly reduced. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, I suggest stopping this one and going back to Success with Poinsettias (Part 1). See link in the show notes. If you have listened, great! Todd is going to pick up where Will left off and wrap the topic up by covering tools for height measurement and management, as well as pest monitoring and control strategies. If you are listening in real time, you know it’s week 39 or 40 and it’s a critical juncture for this important crop. As Todd tells us, it’s transition and adjustment time and he’s going to share knowledge, tips and tricks to help you make the most of your poinsettia crop, how to use a new graphical tracking tool available from Ball Seed, determining your optimal PGR regime and even some postharvest tricks to maximize sell through at retail. We have a lot to cover this time and Todd certainly lives up to the challenge.

Previous STEM Podcasts on Poinsettias:
Success with Poinsettias (Part 1): https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/success-with-poinsettias-part-1/
Poinsettia Selection & Production: https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/poinsettia-selection-production/

Resources:
Ball Seed Poinsettia Growth Tracker Tool: https://www.ballseed.com/CatalogsBrochures/#digital-tools
Q-Type Whitefly GrowerTalks Article: http://agrilife.org/etipm/files/2011/01/Whitefly-GrowerTalks.pdf
Selecta One Poinsettia Catalog (Culture Guides on Page 32): https://www.ballseed.com/Virtual/2019_poinsettia/index.aspx#

Contact Links:
Email Guest Dr. Todd Cavins: tcavins@ballhort.com
Ball Seed Customer Relations and Poinsettia Help: 1-800-879-BALL
Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

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Tweet Host Bill Calkins: @billcalkins
Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/
Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/
See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

Success with Poinsettias (Part 1)

Success with Poinsettias (Part 1)

September 13, 2019

Our guest today is Dr. Will Healy returning to cover another seasonal crop. Our three-part miniseries on Garden Mums has had hundreds (if not thousands) of downloads and we’ve heard tremendous feedback. So, I couldn’t wait to have Will back to kick off a two-parter on Poinsettias. If you are listening in real time, you know it’s week 37/38 and your greenhouse is full of poinsettias. If you aren’t listening in real time, that’s great because the tips and strategies shared over the next two episodes will be invaluable as you start planning your next poinsettia crop.

In this first part, Dr. Healy takes a deep dive into Nutrition. As he explains, when it comes to poinsettias, if you have the nutrition right, most of your problems will be greatly reduced. We start with an overview of the importance of monitoring EC and pH and quickly get into the nitty gritty details of how to approach feeding your crop, the benefits of front-loading fertilizer and even why withholding feed is a bad strategy. Will does a great job explaining how your feeding decisions impact the EC of the crop, as well as how feed leads to excellent or poor crop presentation at retail. If you are wondering what to do if EC starts to creep up, be sure to listen all the way to the end.

We also spend time on pH and what can be gained by staying in the optimal 5.8 to 6.2 range. One of the most applicable parts of this episode is Dr. Healy’s explanation of how to determine crop needs based on the size of leaves on the plant and how you can effectively measure them using your two hands! As we wrap the episode up, Will talks about watering and shares some poinsettia specific watering strategies. As I mentioned before, you are going to want to listen this one all the way to the end. And also, share it with your entire poinsettia team because when you’re all on the same page, good things will happen.

Resources:

EC Monitor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVVEUI?pf_rd_p=2edffb5d-036e-4cd0-bc77-99980e2d4856&pf_rd_r=0BYNK2B0GCMMRYBKW6K9
Selecta One Poinsettia Catalog (Culture Guides on Page 32): https://www.ballseed.com/Virtual/2019_poinsettia/index.aspx#
Ball Seed Poinsettia Growth Tracker Tool: https://www.ballseed.com/CatalogsBrochures/#digital-tools

Dr. Healy’s Past Episodes:

STEM Episode 30: Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 1) - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/your-best-mum-crop-ever-part-1/
STEM Episode 35: Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 2) - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/stem-podcast-insider-tips-for-greenhouse-pros-your-best-mum-crop-ever-part-2/
STEM Episode 37: Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 3) - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/your-best-mum-crop-ever-part-3/
STEM Episode 21: The Language of Watering - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/the-language-of-watering/
STEM Episode 22: Watering: The Rest of the Story - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/watering-the-rest-of-the-story/

 Contact Links:

Email Guest Dr. Will Healy: whealy@ballhort.com
Ball Seed Customer Relations and Poinsettia Help: 1-800-879-BALL
Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast

#STEMGreenhousePodcast

Tweet Host Bill Calkins: @billcalkins
Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/
Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/
See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

AAS & NGB: The Power of Plant Promotion

AAS & NGB: The Power of Plant Promotion

September 2, 2019

Interview starts at 5:03 – My guest this episode is Diane Blazek, Executive Director of All-America Selections (AAS) and National Garden Bureau (NGB). During my 20 years in horticulture, I’ve encountered All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau on many occasions, at events, in trial gardens, in trade articles, through the consumer press and even while visiting garden centers and greenhouses. These days, I see both organizations all over social media and digital media. It’s this relentless dedication to plant promotion, as well as exciting recent growth that inspired me to reach out to Diane to talk about the goals and missions of each organization and more importantly ways everyone in the horticulture industry can get involved and leverage the power of AAS and NGB to connect and inspire today’s gardeners – our customers.

During this episode, Diane and I discuss how these two venerable organizations are structured, the goals of each, key activities and how they work together, factors behind recent growth and what to expect in the near future. With the trialing expertise of AAS and the consumer engagement driven by NGB, there is an awful lot of firepower here and major opportunities to get involved and capitalize on the power of plant promotion. NGB’s “Year Of” programs are some of the easiest to start using in your own marketing. From the history of each organization and their phenomenal growth over the past decade to tips and tricks to use digital media and tangible ways to leverage existing marketing campaigns, there are ideas in this episode that will be relevant to everyone. Be sure to listen all the way to the end because we spend a lot of time on the specific tools available from AAS and NGB for all green industry businesses.

Resource Links for All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau:

All-America Selections website: https://all-americaselections.org/
To search all AAS Winners, 1932 to present: https://all-americaselections.org/winners/
To Buy AAS Winners: https://all-americaselections.org/buy-winners/
List of AAS Judges: https://all-americaselections.org/about-aas-winners/#bios
To find an AAS Display Garden: https://all-americaselections.org/visit-an-aas-display-garden/
Downloadable signs, brochures and variety markers: https://all-americaselections.org/signs-and-brochures/
Downloadable presentations, signage, logos, etc.: https://all-americaselections.org/aas-ambassador-tools/
Breeder info for “How to Enter”: https://all-americaselections.org/breeders/
How to become an AAS Display Garden: https://all-americaselections.org/display-gardens-criteriaguidelines/

National Garden Bureau website: https://ngb.org/
How to join: https://ngb.org/become-a-member/
New Varieties program: https://ngb.org/new-plants/
Year of program: https://ngb.org/year-of-2019/
Combinations program: https://ngb.org/combination-ideas/
NGB’s “Inspirations” Blog: https://ngb.org/inspiration/
Garden Books from our author members: https://ngb.org/garden-books/
Garden Products program: https://ngb.org/gardening-products/
Shop Our (retail) Members: https://ngb.org/shop-our-members/
Therapeutic Garden Grant program: https://ngb.org/therapeutic-grant-program/

Social Media links:
AAS Blog: https://all-americaselections.org/news/
NGB Blog: https://ngb.org/inspiration/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/nationalgardenbureau
https://www.facebook.com/AASWinners
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Flowerandvegetablewinners/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/national_garden_bureau/
https://www.instagram.com/aasgardenwinners/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nationalgarden/pins/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AllAmericaSelectionsFlowersVegetables

Slide Share (downloadable presentations)
https://www.slideshare.net/allamericaselections
https://www.slideshare.net/NationalGardenBureau

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AASGardenWinner
https://twitter.com/NatGardenBureau

Contact Links:
Email Guest Diane Blazek: blazekdiane@gmail.com
Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com
NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast
#STEMGreenhousePodcast
Tweet Host Bill Calkins: @billcalkins
Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/
Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/
See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

Leslie Halleck on Women in Horticulture

Leslie Halleck on Women in Horticulture

August 14, 2019

Interview starts at 7:58 – My guest this episode is Leslie Halleck and you can find her online at https://lesliehalleck.com/ or live an in person at many industry events. Leslie and I have known each other for many years and I’ve always thought of her as a leader – in terms of management when she was in her role as GM of a leading garden center, leadership in terms of ideas and strategies as a consultant and as a leader when it comes to trends demonstrated by her books and speaking topics. This episode of the STEM greenhouse podcast, we’ll tap into all of those leadership areas and more. Our driving topic today is the role of, challenges facing, skill sets related to and opportunities available for women in horticulture. As Leslie will explain, she’s in a very good place to bring this topic forward – as a business owner, a female and someone who isn’t known to pull punches.

During this episode, we’ll discuss the big picture fact that the work world was built by men for men, stereotyping in its many forms, strengths and skills women bring to management, the importance of self evaluation and also why women in horticulture must support one another. And we will also address harassment and the fact women often feel like prey – even in a work setting – and Leslie’s “best practices” for women when harassment situations arise, as well as for all green industry companies because reporting and documenting are actions that require processes and practice. We wrap it all up with a discussion about how women are and could be working together to make improvements, share information and raise the tide for all.

At times, you might disagree, at times you might not or shake your head in disbelief but at the end of the episode I expect you will have learned a lot and no matter your gender will come away with new ideas, new strategies and a new appreciation for what is a reality for many people in our great industry.

 

Connect Four – Garden Center Group Retailer Awards from Cultivate 2019:

https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/15-innovative-products-that-grower-retailers-loved-at-cultivate19/

 

Contact Links:

Leslie Halleck Contact Info and Social Media: https://lesliehalleck.com/

Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast

#STEMGreenhousePodcast

Tweet Host Bill Calkins: @billcalkins

Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/

Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/

See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 3)

Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 3)

August 1, 2019

Interview starts at 3:45 - Our guest today our guest today is Dr. Will Healy who returns to wrap up a three-part miniseries focused on garden mum production intended to help you produce the absolute best mum crops you possibly can – using the most effective strategies. This time, Dr. Healy is back to guide you from the core production season to the end of the process – finishing strong and timing your crop for prime retail appearance and sell through. We start by checking in on the crop growing in real time and what any early-season, natural season mums should look like above the pot and below the pot. Then we revisit thermoperiodicity and how to time your crop during hot days in the field. The Will discusses what to do if the crop is too big or not big enough. We cover black cloth techniques and Will’s tips and tricks for getting that right. Finally, we conclude with a number of quick hit topics from pests and disease to speeding up and slowing down a crop in an effort to send the absolute best garden mums to market on time. Like I mentioned back in Episode 30 – part one of this series - we’re not releasing these episodes back to back to back but instead when they are most relevant – because many of you listen in real time. As with the first two – episodes 30 and 35, this is a great episode to share with your entire team – because keeping mums on schedule and in line requires a team effort. So grab a notebook, sit back and enjoy the last in a three-part miniseries to lead you to mum stardom.

Resources:

NEW Ball Mums Page with Graphical Tracking Tool: https://www.ballseed.com/gardenmums/
Ball Mums Catalog with Culture and Propagation Guides: https://www.ballseed.com/Virtual/2018_mums/index.aspx
GrowerTalks Special Editions: https://www.growertalks.com/SpecialEditions/
Ball Seed Chrysanthemum White Rust Awareness Document: https://www.ballseed.com/PDF/Chrysanthemum-WhiteRust-Awareness-2018.pdf
Cornell University Chrysanthemum White Rust Alert & Management: https://www.ballseed.com/PDF/Chrysanthemum-WhiteRust-Alert&Management-June2018.pdf
EC Monitor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVVEUI?pf_rd_p=2edffb5d-036e-4cd0-bc77-99980e2d4856&pf_rd_r=0BYNK2B0GCMMRYBKW6K9
Infrared Thermometer: https://www.amazon.com/Non-Contact-Digital-Infrared-Thermometer-58%C2%B0F-1022%C2%B0F/dp/B07LBN33VT/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=infrared+thermometer+greenhouse&qid=1564421671&s=gateway&sr=8-3

 

Dr. Healy’s Past Episodes:
STEM Episode 35: Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 2) - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/stem-podcast-insider-tips-for-greenhouse-pros-your-best-mum-crop-ever-part-2/
STEM Episode 30: Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 1) - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/your-best-mum-crop-ever-part-1/
STEM Episode 21: The Language of Watering - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/the-language-of-watering/
STEM Episode 22: Watering: The Rest of the Story - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/watering-the-rest-of-the-story/

 

Contact Links:

Email Guest Dr. Will Healy: whealy@ballhort.com
Email Ball Mum Hotline: bscmumhotline@ballhort.com
Ball Seed Customer Relations and Mum Help: 1-800-879-BALL
Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast

#STEMGreenhousePodcast

Tweet Host Bill Calkins: @billcalkins
Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/
Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/
See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

Hort Trends: Data & Discussion

Hort Trends: Data & Discussion

July 16, 2019

This episode is a solocast – meaning it’ll be me the entire time with no guest. I decided to talk about this episode’s topic because I’ve gotten a lot of questions and requests to share trends lately but not just trends – data driven trends. So I reached out to my friend and industry guru Dr. Marvin Miller for some current data and added some trends gleaned from industry reports from the past one to two years – state of the industry articles, year-in-reviews, research summaries and more.

We talk about a lot this episode but I want you to remember a few key things. First, we are currently seeing some of the highest lawn & garden participation numbers that we’ve seen in more than a decade, which means there’s a ton of opportunity out there. Next, Millennials make up a gigantic percentage of this growth and the population at large and they are into categories like fruit trees, vegetables, houseplants and decorative foliage. Also, customers desire experiences, not just a store and some products. You MUST stand out from the crowd as a wholesaler delivering the absolute best product or a retailer with a fantastic consumer environment. Finally, the more well-rounded you are in terms of product mix, events and workshops, activities for families and maybe even store locations or formats – the more exciting you will be and the more likely to attract a new, enormous customer base. So that’s the challenge – easy, right? I know it’s not but I have full confidence in our industry to figure this all out and remain relevant in the lives of a whole new group of end customers!

If you have any questions or comments, you know where to find me – bcalkins@ballhort.com or on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/wdcalkins/.

Contact Links:

Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast

#STEMGreenhousePodcast

Tweet Host Bill Calkins: @billcalkins

Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/

Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/

See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 2)

Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 2)

July 1, 2019

 

(Interview starts at 6:40) Our guest today our guest today is Dr. Will Healy and back for Part Two in a three-part miniseries focused on garden mum production intended to help you produce the absolute best mum crops you possibly can – using the newest genetics and latest strategies. Dr. Healy returns to talk about the heart of the mum production timeline addressing the common question, “Am I where I need to be with my mum crop?” Will and I dig deep into monitoring feed, graphical tracking to hit critical dates, catching problems early and what to look for when walking your mum crops. And because every year, a grower somewhere has an issue impacting the start of their mum crop (like weather, greenhouse backups, labor challenges, delayed shipments, etc, etc…) we talk about ways to adjust, pivot and get back on track. Like I mentioned back in Episode 30 – part one of this series - we’re not releasing these episodes back to back to back but instead when they are most relevant – because many of you listen in real time. This will be a great episode to share with your entire team – because keeping a large, seasonal crop on track requires a village. Looking ahead, Dr. Healy will be back in a month to continue the timing message and wrap up with finishing tips and tricks to fine tune your absolute best garden mum crop before sending it to market.

Resources:

NEW Ball Mums Page with Graphical Tracking Tool: https://www.ballseed.com/gardenmums/
Ball Mums Catalog with Culture and Propagation Guides: https://www.ballseed.com/Virtual/2018_mums/index.aspx
Ball Seed Chrysanthemum White Rust Awareness Document: https://www.ballseed.com/PDF/Chrysanthemum-WhiteRust-Awareness-2018.pdf
Cornell University Chrysanthemum White Rust Alert & Management: https://www.ballseed.com/PDF/Chrysanthemum-WhiteRust-Alert&Management-June2018.pdf
EC Monitor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVVEUI?pf_rd_p=2edffb5d-036e-4cd0-bc77-99980e2d4856&pf_rd_r=0BYNK2B0GCMMRYBKW6K9

Dr. Healy’s Past Episodes:

STEM Episode 30: Your Best Mum Crop Ever (Part 1) - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/your-best-mum-crop-ever-part-1/
STEM Episode 21: The Language of Watering - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/the-language-of-watering/
STEM Episode 22: Watering: The Rest of the Story - https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/watering-the-rest-of-the-story/

Contact Links:

Email Guest Dr. Will Healy: whealy@ballhort.com
Email Ball Mum Hotline: bscmumhotline@ballhort.com
Ball Seed Customer Relations and Mum Help: 1-800-879-BALL
Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast
#STEMGreenhousePodcast

Tweet Host Bill Calkins: @billcalkins
Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/
Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/
See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

KidsGardening.org: Helping Young Minds Grow

KidsGardening.org: Helping Young Minds Grow

June 13, 2019

(Interview starts at 6:22) Our guest today is Helen Rortvedt, executive director of KidsGardening.org, a national organization that has been a leader in the school gardening movement since 1982. KidsGardening inspires, supports and connects educators and families by providing garden grants and curriculum, and as they say – by cultivating a community of practice. Check out their stated mission: We create opportunities for kids to learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder. And it is also opportunity that encouraged me to not only reach out to Helen to join me on the STEM greenhouse podcast but also to join the organization’s board of directors in 2018. I am proud to be a part of KidsGardening.org and know for a fact that after listening to this episode, you will also be inspired to engage with them in one of many ways.

This episode is relevant to every person in the horticulture industry, no matter what your segment or role. We all know a teacher. We all know a kid. We are all a part of a community. We all love plants and understand how they can positively impact someone’s life or how they engage with the world around them. All of these commonalities mean we have what it takes to lend support to KidsGardening. But in the next 40 minutes we’ll all learn a lot more about how impactful a school garden can be, how important garden curriculum is across all ages of students subjects in schools, how a community garden program can lift the spirits of kids who feel alienated and lost and how getting youth excited about gardening will not only grow our future customer base but potentially also our future labor force.

Resources:

Newsletter sign up: https://kidsgardening.org/subscribe-to-kidsgarden-news/
Youth Garden Grant Info - the 2020 Youth Garden Grant will open Fall, 2019: https://kidsgardening.org/garden-grants/
2019 Youth Garden Grant with this year's sponsors and winners: https://kidsgardening.org/2019-youth-garden-grant/
Youth Garden Grant Sponsor Info: https://kidsgardening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Youth-Garden-Grant-Sponsorship-Levels-2-page.pdf
Portal link for teachers: Either go to kidsgardening.org and use the "Educator Resources" menu in the navigation bar, or visit https://kidsgardening.org/educator-resources/
Growing Guides: https://kidsgardening.org/plant-of-the-month/
Kids Garden Month Info: https://kidsgardening.org/kidsgarden-month-2019/

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KidsGardening.org/ |@KidsGardening.org
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidsgardening/ | @kidsgardening
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kids_Gardening | @Kids_Gardening

Contact Links:

Email Guest Helen Rortvedt: HelenR@kidsgardening.org
Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast
#STEMGreenhousePodcast
Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/
Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/
See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

Jerry Gorchels: A Day and a Life in Horticulture

Jerry Gorchels: A Day and a Life in Horticulture

June 1, 2019

Our guest today is Jerry Gorchels, a long-time industry professional who’s worn many hats over his more than 45 year career – from managing his high school greenhouse to collaborating with leading breeders and researchers in the development of some of the industry’s legendary plants and always staying closely connected with greenhouse growers, many of whom rely on Jerry for his cultural and technical expertise. Jerry is one of the most recognizable faces representing PanAmerican Seed in the North American market and has been an example and mentor to many current industry leaders. And if you know Jerry, you’ll understand why I was so excited for him to join me on STEM to share stories of people and plants, advice for folks new to the industry, as well as for those who have grown for decades AND hear about the changes he’s seen over his career and what he expects in the future. Find out what Jerry looks for as soon as he walks through the door of a greenhouse and the latest tip and trick he learned from a grower. We cover a lot this episode so be sure to listen all the way to the end. Especially if you want to hear about Jerry’s home garden and the unexpected annual he makes sure to plant every single year.

From cut flowers to shade annuals and ugly ducklings to the most recognized plants of all time, you’re in for a fantastic ride with Jerry.

Resources:

PanAmerican Seed Website: https://www.panamseed.com/

PanAmerican Seed Crop Culture: https://www.panamseed.com/culture.aspx?type=Ann

STEM Episode 9 – Vegetable Breeding: https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/today%E2%80%99s-vegetable-breeding-trendy-delicious/

STEM Episode 10 - Wave Petunias: https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/wave-past-present-future/

STEM Episode 26 – Beacon Impatiens: https://stempodcast.podbean.com/e/battling-disease-with-beacon-impatiens/

Contact Links:

Email Host Bill Calkins: bcalkins@ballhort.com

NEW! Connect on Instagram - @STEMGreenhousePodcast

#STEMGreenhousePodcast

Connect with Ball Seed on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-seed-co/

Follow The Gardens at Ball on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GardensAtBall/

See Ball Seed Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BallSeedVideo

Build a Winning Lavender Program

Build a Winning Lavender Program

May 15, 2019

(Interview starts at 6:17.) Our guest today is Chris Fifo, former head grower and current technical expert working with Darwin Perennials and KieftSeed. Chris has been with us on STEM before – back in episode 13 where he helped demystify perennial production with Leland Toering but this time he will focus on one crop and dive deep into the lavender pool covering this popular crop from start to finish. We spend some time talking about the recent growth in popularity of lavender, as well as how it is currently positioned in the market. Then Chris takes us into the virtual greenhouse to help you develop a frost to frost lavender program using the most optimal methods to deliver the correct temperature, light, nutrition, gases and PGRs to your crop. The goal is to help you ship the absolute best lavender crop top market because we know that when top notch lavenders arrive at retail, they sell fast. After we talk production, Chris spends some time helping you select the best varieties for each use – from early season to Fall and from landscape performance to indoor use and essential oil production. Although I do like episodes where the guests and I jump from topic to topic, sometimes it’s nice to focus. And trust me – this episode is focused squarely on lavender.

Resources:

Build a Winning Lavender Program Slideshow: https://www.slideshare.net/bcalkins/build-a-winning-lavender-program
Darwin Perennials Blog on Lavender Trials: https://www.darwinperennials.com/Blog/2019/02/14/lavender-trial-results-chicago-botanic-garden.html
Darwin Perennials Resources: https://www.darwinperennials.com/Culture/
KieftSeed Resources: https://www.panamseed.com/perennials.aspx
Darwin Perennials 2019 Catalog: https://www.ballseed.com/Virtual/2019_Darwin_BSC/index.aspx
KieftSeed 2019 Catalog (Perennials P. 142): https://www.ballseed.com/Virtual/2020_21_PasCatalog/index.aspx
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