Greenhouse Disinfection

We’ve compiled a few resources to help you get rid of your pathogen problems. Whether you’re doing regular cleanup of benches and floors to prevent issues, or you’ve run into a major issue, we’ve got you covered.

How to Choose a Disinfectant:

Greenhouse Vegetable IPM OMAFRA specialist Cara McCreary (MSc) has compiled a spreadsheet of the most common disinfection agents on the market, what they work against, and potential warnings.

You can download the editable spreadsheet here:

Disinfection Webinar: Squeaky Clean Start to 2023

Recorded in January 2023, the following webinar provides a great resource for starting clean from both pests and diseases for floriculture crops.

This GrowON webinar includes 2 talks (running time, 90 min):

To bleach or not to bleach? Cara McCreary (Greenhouse Vegetable IPM Specialist at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Canada) will discuss the benefits of cleaning and disinfecting a greenhouse structure and equipment to minimize pest outbreaks. She will share some tips and tricks for this seemingly daunting task with a focus on the riskiest pathways of pest introductions and opportunities to mitigate these risks. 

Dr. Rose Buitenhuis (Senior Research Scientist Biological Control at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Canada) will then provide tips on how to reduce incoming insect pests by dipping vegetative cuttings in reduced-risk products. She will provide an update on new research findings as well.

You can access a recording of the talks here.