Pot and Bedding plant resources


AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial pot plant production. The available reports and resources are listed below. 

PESTS OF POT AND BEDDING PLANTS:

Caterpillar pests of pot and bedding plants

Control of leaf miners on pot and bedding plants

Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture

Rodent control on farms

The biology and control of mites in pot and bedding plants

Thrips identification poster

Thrips control in protected ornamental crops

Control of whitefly on protected ornamental crops

Video page : Managing Bemisia in poinsettia crops

Video page : Why am I having difficulty controlling aphids on my crop?

Research project PO 003 : Control of tobacco whitefly on poinsettia

Integrated control of sciarid and shore flies in protected ornamental crops

Grower system for rearing the predatory beetle Atheta Coriaria

Research project PC 283: Microbial control of insect pests in protected crops


DISEASES OF POT AND BEDDING PLANTS:

Disease control in cyclamen


Downy mildew

Impatiens Downy Mildew control

Continued management of Impatiens Downy Mildew

Dealing with disease resistance to control Impatiens Downy Mildew

Research project PC 230a : Control of downy mildew on Impatiens

Research project PC 230b : Source of downy mildew infections on Impatiens

Research project PO 011 : Monitoring metalaxyl-M sensitivity in Impatiens Downy Mildew isolates from 2012 infections

Research project PO 011a : Monitoring metalaxyl-M sensitivity in Impatiens Downy Mildew isolates from infections in 2013

Research project PO 011b: Monitoring metalaxyl-M sensitivity of Downy Mildew infection of Impatiens project

Research project PO 012 : Non-metalaxyl-M based fungicides for resistant Plasmopara obducens


Other diseases

Bacterial diseases of protected ornamentals

Research project PC 291: Evaluation of control options for bacterial diseases of pot plants

Control of grey mould in container-grown ornamentals: unheated glasshouse crops

Control of grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) in container-grown ornamentals: heated glasshouse crops

Guidelines for minimising latent Grey Mould (Botrytis cinerea) in cut flowers and pot plants

Control of Pythium, Phytophthora and Rhizoctonia in pot and bedding plants

Control of the important leaf and root diseases of pansy and viola

Control of rust diseases of protected bedding plants

Video page : Control of foliar diseases in autumn grown bedding plants

Seed-borne diseases of ornamentals: prevalence and control

Research project PO 014 : Black root rot in containerised subjects


INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Bedding and Pot Plants Crop Walkers' Guide

Improving the efficacy of plant protection applications to ornamental crops via hand-held sprayers

Guidelines and best practice for pesticide spray applications in protected ornamental crops

Guidelines on nursery hygiene for outdoor and protected ornamental crops

Use of chemical disinfectants in protected ornamental plant production

Video page : Top 5 Tips Before You Start Your Biological Control Programme

Video page : Biological maintenance: Introducing beneficials

Video page : Getting the best from sticky traps

Video page : Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops - aphid and whitefly

Video page : Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops – mites and thrips

Video page : Importance of biopesticides for sustainable crop protection

Video page : Preparing for biopesticide application. A masterclass.

Video page : Biopesticide application and the importance of water volumes

Video page : Can the right spray equipment improve the effectiveness of biopesticides?

Video page : What can air movement do for your crops?

Video page : Is the air movement in your glasshouse effective?

Video page : Techniques for Improving Air Movement

Research project PO 008 : Improving the efficiency of spray application for protected ornamental crops: a study of current spraying methods and novel spraying technologies

Research project PO 009 : Review of the development and use of trap plant systems for pest control in protected ornamental crops


PLANT GROWTH REGULATION IN POT AND BEDDING PLANTS:

Evaluation of plant growth regulators on bedding plants

Growth regulation of ornamental plants by reduced phosphorus availability

Improving the efficacy of plant protection applications to ornamental crops via hand-held sprayers

Plant growth regulators for use on poinsettia

The use of chemical plant growth regulators on protected ornamental crops

Video page : Growth control in protected ornamentals

Video page : Evaluation of plant growth regulators on bedding plants

Research project PC 296 : Suitability of energy saving bulbs for day extension and night break lighting

Research project PO 004 : Plant growth regulator products to control growth on commercial crops of bedding plants

Studentship project PO 017: Enhancing crop quality and diminishing water use in bedding plants

Research project PO 021: Genetic and Environmental Interactions in Poinsettia Production and Shelf Life

Research project PO 021a : Genetic, Moisture and Plant Growth Regulator Effects on Poinsettia Production and Shelf Life

Research project PO 021b : New Poinsettia Genetics and Controlled Substrate Moisture Growing

Research project PO 022 : Non-chemical Growth Control in Protected Pot Plants


OTHER TOPICS ON POT AND BEDDING PLANTS:

The Bedding and Pot Plant Centre

The Bedding and Pot Plant Centre (BPPC) has provided coordinated bedding and pot plant research and demonstration for the industry with the aim of addressing a range of different technical and new product development issues. 
The details of this work can be found from each of the research pages below and from the BPPC farm excellence page.

Research project PO 019 : The Pot and Bedding Plant Centre - New product opportunities for pot and bedding plant growers

Research project PO 019a : The Bedding and Pot Plant Centre – New product opportunities for bedding and pot plant growers

Research project PO 019b : The Bedding and Pot Plant Centre – New product opportunities for bedding and pot plant growers

Research project PO 019d : The Bedding and Pot Plant Centre – new product opportunities for bedding and pot plant growers.


Lighting

Assimilation lighting

Lighting in horticulture

LED Lighting calculators

Research project PO 010 : LED Lighting for Horticultural Applications

Research project CP 139 : Commercial review of lighting systems for UK horticulture


Labour and skills

Ornamental horticulture skills survey

Video: Webinar - Operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture

Video: Webinar - Using your time effectively


New varieties and products

Research project PO 001: Poinsettia: energy saving trial, costing and quality

Research project PO 006 : Hellebores for production under protection

Research project PO 007 : New Cultivars of Poinsettias. Evaluation at marketing and in shelf life


Nutrition

Growing Media Review

Introduction to fertigation

Optimising and monitoring plant nutrition in poinsettia crops

Video page : How to sample leaf tissue

Video page : How to sample substrate

Research project PO BOF 003 : Developing nutrient management guidance in Protected Ornamentals, Bulbs and Outdoor Flowers


Physiological disorders

Research project PO 015: Pansy Mottle Syndrome: Synthetic auxin herbicides as a cause of plant distortion in bedding plant species

Research project PO 016 : The role of environmental factors in the incidence of Pansy mottle syndrome

Research project PO 016a: The role of environmental factors in the incidence of Pansy mottle syndrome (PaMS) – further work in 2015


Others

A guide to best practice in handling bought-in plants

Calibrating a water-powered proportional dilutor

Cover materials to control weeds in container-grown hardy nursery stock

Energy saving in poinsettia production

Low temperature storage of bedding plant plugs

Water quality for irrigation of container ornamentals

Video page : Taking steps towards net zero

Research project HNS POBOF 201: HNS POBOF 201: Ornamentals Skills Survey


Water

Establishing a resilient water supply

Protecting the water supply for your crops


Useful links

Guidance from GrowSave on glasshouse management for energy efficiency, controlling humidity for disease control and promoting air movement

Protecting the water supply for your crops

Read a statement from HSE clarifying the term "treated areas" in relation to work exposure to PPPs


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