Can We Reduce Pest Pressure in Floriculture by Adjusting Plant Nutrition?

Subirrigation in a dutch tray of gerbera plants

Producing high-quality ornamentals while decreasing pesticide use requires finding creative ways to reduce pests across your whole production system.

Are you interested in learning more about the role fertilizers and biostimulants can play in plant health — both in terms of plant quality and pest levels?

This upcoming and FREE webinar provides and overview of a current project between the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, OMAFRA and industry partners on this unique topic.

WHAT: Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA) Webinar Series: Changing production practices for better pest control in greenhouse ornamentals

WHO: Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

WHEN: March 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (PST) / 1:00 p.m. (EST)

A fall mum sample pot on drip irrigation. Does it need all that feed?

Description: Control of greenhouse floriculture pests uses a systems approach, combining biological control and plant resistance with the manipulation of environmental and crop production practices. Studies suggest that high fertilizer levels stimulate pest reproduction by providing them with more organic nitrogen, present in plant tissues.

Based on the results of our most recent research, this webinar will explore improved production practices in potted chrysanthemum and gerbera crops to see if plant nutrition can be optimized as part of an integrated pest management strategy in these crops. 

Time will be allocated for Q&A.

HOW: Click here to register

For more information, contact Rita Weerdenburg at

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