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Proper planting techniques for your Belgian Mums

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Jun 29, 2017 12:24:21 PM

Even with the best genetics from Gediflora you have to treat your starting plant material properly to achieve the best uniformity and quality. Keep in mind that you will most likely determine how successful you crop is at the time of transplanting.

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Fusarium Control in Garden Mums

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Nov 29, 2016 1:04:38 PM

Do you ever feel like you’ve done all you could and accomplished very little? I am sure you can relate to that when it comes to Fusarium control in garden mums.

Fusarium spores are very resistant to cold and drying, thus easily overwinter in flower beds and on plant debris. Most plant pathologists will tell you that sterilizing beds and eliminating all Fusarium spores is very hard and practically impossible. This is not very encouraging for growers who experienced Fusarium problems this year and are facing the possibility of infecting plants again next season. We had ideal conditions for Fusarium development this year, record breaking temperatures, high humidity and excessive moisture in some parts of the country. As a result, we had the worst Fusarium wilt outbreak on garden mums in recent years. Whether we like it or not we should assume that Fusarium will come back next year and we must develop a plan to control it. First, we need to make sure that we have correct diagnosis. Often Fusarium symptoms on garden mums could be mistaken for Pythium and that could lead to applying wrong fungicides. It is always easiest to diagnose Fusarium in early stages. Usually a single branch will turn yellow and wilt rather than the entire plant all at once like with Pythium aphanidermatum.

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4 ways to improve your garden mum quality

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Feb 9, 2016 12:38:06 PM

I would like to share with you one thing that stuck in my mind from the last meeting at Metrolina greenhouses. The Van Wingerden trio got their message across very clearly: quality is the number one reason people buy plants, price is second and color third. They also said that plants not cared for were the main reason why customers walked away from the garden center without buying anything. It actually felt very good hearing that one of our largest growers in the country is all about quality. We are on board, quality was always a part of Gediflora’s culture and we are stressing this in every aspect of our business. Our main goal is to help growers deliver exceptional quality plants so no one walks away from the garden center without a purchase. Even with the best genetics from Gediflora we still have to execute each step of the production process flawlessly. For the upcoming garden mum season, you can improve the quality by simply following these production practices described below.

None of them require additional investment but only attention to details:

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The weather...and your Mum season

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Dec 21, 2015 2:51:00 PM

According to The Weather Channel this year’s El Nino is one of the strongest on record and will influence the temperatures and weather patterns for the near future. There is an 80% chance of El Nino effect lasting into the spring of 2016, according to the latest forecast released by NOAA. For those of us who don’t trust the satellites and algorithms, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that late spring and summer will be cooler than normal with the hottest period in mid-August. Both months of September and October will be much warmer than normal with rainfall below normal in the South and above normal in the North.

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Pinch or not to pinch Belgian Mums?

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Jun 30, 2015 1:17:00 PM

There is only one answer to this question: do not pinch. You will simply ruin your crop by pinching. This is no longer your grandma’s garden mum which required multiple pinches to induce any branching at all. 

Today's genetics from Gediflora are all about branching. In the early vegetative stage it takes 7-8 leaves for the new shoot to develop a crown bud that will terminate its elongation and promote lateral shoots.

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Recommendations on caring for your Belgian Mum cuttings

Posted by Bernard Chodyla (guest blogger) - Gediflora on Apr 23, 2015 1:03:25 PM

The garden mum season is approaching very quickly and I would like to focus a little on how to treat your rooted and unrooted cuttings after arrival. Your cuttings will be shipped overnight from Grolink in California or from one of our rooting stations throughout US and Canada. You should receive plant material that is very uniform and of highest quality. We recommend that you store your unrooted cuttings in the cooler immediately after arrival at about 40F to prevent them from overheating. 

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