Ritter Greenhouse 2013 Tony Beckmann Premier Tech Horticulture/Hort Americas
Industry Background • 4th Generation Beckmann Bros. Nursery, St. Louis, MO—land was sold in 2006 • Landscaping for 6 years • Missouri Botanical Garden—Horticulturist 2 years • Horticultural Sales and Marketing since 2001.
My Focus • Success for our industry • Innovative ideas to bring to the marketplace. • We work directly with growers to solve problems. . Biologicals . LEDs . Organic fertilizers . New technology
Beneficial (Biologicals) • Definition 1. Conferring benefit, advantageous; helpful. • In Greenhouse application: • Mycorrhizae • Bacillus • Trichoderma • Streptomyces
MYCORRHIZAE Mycorrhizal fungi form a network of filaments which develops in the soil, transporting water and nutrients to the roots. WITHOUT MYCORRHIZAE WITH MYCORRHIZAE
PRO-MIX® BIOFUNGICIDETM Advantages • Reduced Use of Chemical Fungicides • Compatible With All Greenhouse Fungicides and Insecticides • Safe to Use – No Human or Plant Toxicity • ‘Friendly’ With other Biological Agents (BAs) • Healthier / Stronger Root System • Better use of fertilizers and water • Improved plant growth • All Crops Benefit
PRO-MIX® BIOFUNGICIDE + MYCORRHIZAE(PLUS)Advantages Protects against Fusarium, Pythium, Rhizoctonia REI: 0 Hour Restricted drenches: None Provides season-long control No re-application required Shelf-life: 9 Mos+ (<0 –110oF), Bacillus and mycorrhizae last 2 years Biofungicide colonizes roots within 48 hours, mycorrhizae 3-6 weeks Tolerates wide pH range and moisture levels
PRO-MIX® BIOFUNGICIDE + MYCORRHIZAEPetunia ‘White MadnessAfter 5 weeks in cell packs, PRO-MIX ‘BX’ PLUS had 81% more top dry weight than the PRO-MIX ‘BX’ control • .
PRO-MIX® BIOFUNGICIDE + MYCORRHIZAESalvia‘Vista Red’ After 5 weeks in cell packs, PRO-MIX ‘BX’ PLUS had 39% greater top dry weight and less chlorosis compared to PRO-MIX ‘BX’ control
PRO-MIX® BIOFUNGICIDE + MYCORRHIZAEIvyCuttings After 5 weeks in 4 inch pots, PRO-MIX ‘LP15’ PLUS had 33% more new shoots and 27% greater top dry weight compared to PRO-MIX ‘LP15’ control
Ruibals Plants of Texas, Dallas TX • Goal of Trial: Early blooming petunias for early spring customers. • Shorten the 10 week lead time • Trial setup-3 benches • 1st-control (no supplemental light) • 2nd-DR/W/FR with CFL • 3rd-DR/W
Trial Result • Petunias under the DR/W plants flowered 10-14 days earlier across the board regardless of flower color.