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We know growing ornamental crops can be challenging at the best of times but hopefully our blog will provide information and light relief from the daily trappings of being an ornamentals grower.

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  • Rusts under restraint

    Advisory Blog
    05.01.2021
    Rust diseases can strike at most times of the year but, like Botrytis and mildews which we featured in my last two blogs, they can be a particular problem in glasshouses and polytunnels during the... Read more
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  • 2020 – the year that changed the rules

    Advisory Blog
    11.12.2020
    Sat at my computer a year ago thinking about what 2019 had delivered for us and looking to 2020, I, and no one else (not even Mystic Meg) could have predicted what we have lived through in the past... Read more
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  • Measures for mildews

    Advisory Blog
    02.12.2020
    Botrytis, which we talked about in my last blog, is just one of the foliar diseases that pose a risk in the cool, damp conditions at this time of year. Two others to watch out for are powdery mildew... Read more
    Average: 5 (2 votes)
  • Keep seasonal leaf diseases in check

    Advisory Blog
    17.11.2020
    Cool, damp conditions at this time of year increase the risk from a range of foliar diseases including rusts, leaf spots and powdery and downy mildews – whether on crops such as pansy and viola,... Read more
    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  • Growth regulators tested for poinsettia

    Advisory Blog
    05.11.2020
    I was interested to catch up with a recent webinar summarising the findings from work this autumn by AHDB’s Bedding and Pot Plant Centre on PGRs for poinsettia – especially as the trials involved... Read more
    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  • Take the stress out of plant health

    Advisory Blog
    28.09.2020
    A relatively new type of plant health product which complements both crop protection and nutrition, biostimulants are set to play an increasing role in integrated pest and disease management... Read more
    Average: 5 (2 votes)
  • Time to tackle spider mite

    Advisory Blog
    22.09.2020
    Given everything else growers have had to contend with this year I guess we can be thankful for a relatively typical season as far as pest outbreaks are concerned, with apparently few major issues.... Read more
    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  • Biopesticides make the grade

    Advisory Blog
    04.09.2020
    Last time we focused on why biopesticides and biostimulants are featuring more in growers’ IPM programmes. This time we’ll look in more detail at biopesticides and how to get the best from them.... Read more
    Average: 5 (4 votes)
  • Biostimulants - the emerging technology

    Advisory Blog
    03.09.2020
    There comes a point when an emerging technology moves from the ‘alternative’ to the mainstream – no longer in the hands of small manufacturers and a few early adopters but embraced by companies with... Read more
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  • Guide to the main fungicide modes of action

    Advisory Blog
    13.08.2020
    Here we outline the main elements of pathogen biology that different fungicides are designed to target. Within each broad mode-of-action category, fungicides are classified by a FRAC code according... Read more
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