UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program

Fact Sheets

Crops

The understanding of cultural needs of floriculture crops and use of proper crop production techniques is an essential component of a Total Crop Management program. Our fact sheets provide detailed information on the production of specific greenhouse crops.

Business Management

The production and selling of plant material is a growing business. Our fact sheets provide detailed information for individuals interested in starting a greenhouse business and for existing greenhouse businesses.

Greenhouse Management and Engineering

The understanding of cultural needs of ornamental crops grown in greenhouses and use of proper crop production techniques is an essential component of a Total Crop Management program. Our fact sheets provide detailed information on greenhouse management including plant growth regulators to help the practitioner to establish and maintain a healthy growing environment for plants grown in greenhouses.

Plant Nutrition

Providing the correct plant nutrition for greenhouse crops is important to optimize crop production, to protect the environment from contamination by runoff and leaching of excess fertilizers and to save money and conserve energy by applying only the amount of fertilizer needed. Use our fact sheets to learn more about plant nutrition for greenhouse crops.

Energy

John Bartok, Agriculture Engineer wrote many fact sheets for growers on energy and greenhouse engineering over the years. He has allowed us to post them here on our website.

Pest Management

The techniques of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Total Crop Management (TCM) offer a practical way for growers to maintain profitable crop production while effectively managing pests. Growers who practice IPM manage their crops by assessing pest problems and utilizing many different management options - cultural, physical, mechanical, chemical and biological. Regular crop inspection can alert growers to developing pest and cultural problems while they are still minor and can be easily manged. Early detection and intervention is the foundation of any IPM program. Our fact sheets provide information to better manage pests on greenhouse crops.

Greenhouse Best Management Practices (BMPs)

BMPs are an industry-driven effort to maintain agricultural production in a proftable, environmentally-sensitve and sustainable manner. Compiled in 2010, this guide is 140+ pages of greenhouse management information and resources for growers in Massachusetts.

En Español

Hojas en español, Traducido, Daniel Paucar, University of Massachusetts, 2011