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2023 Virtual Get Ready for Spring Greenhouse Program, Part 2

Event date/time: 
Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Type: 
$25 per person, pre-payment by credit card

Join us on March 2, 2023, for a virtual education program that will equip you with knowledge and skills you can put to use in the 2023 growing season. This program will be held as a live webinar from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM The agenda will feature three presentations, with fifteen-minute breaks in between.


8:30 AM - Managing Pests and Diseases in Retail Settings

Rick Yates, GGSPro Technical Services Manager

Because of the density and diversity of plant displays, long hours of operation and customers aversion to pesticides, insect and disease control in retail settings is very challenging. Rick will discuss strategies and practices that you can implement to manage diseases and insect and mite pests in retail greenhouses. He will also provide tips and pest by pest recommendation.

9:30 AM - Break

9:45 AM - Water Testing: How to Interpret Results and Match Fertilizer Selection with Water Quality

Dr. Rosa Raudales, Director, Office of Outreach and Engagement and Associate Professor & Greenhouse Specialist, University of Connecticut

In this session, selecting water soluble fertilizers that are compatible with the quality of your water sources will be discussed. Rosa will talk about sampling irrigation water, interpreting water quality tests, selecting fertilizers, monitoring nutrients in containers, and adjusting nutrients during the growing season.

10:45 AM - Break

11:00 AM - How to Manage Bacterial Diseases in Greenhouse Ornamental Crops

Dr. Angela Madeiras, Plant Pathologist and Diagnostician, UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab

Bacterial disease pathogens survive in infected plants, in plant debris from infected plants and in some cases in infested soils. Managing bacterial diseases requires strict exclusion strategies. and sanitation practices such as destruction of infected plants and cleaning and disinfecting tools. In this presentation Angie will discuss diagnostic symptoms to tell them apart and ways to control them with cultural practices and chemical methods.

Pesticide Credits

Two pesticide credits in categories 26, 29, 31 and 000 have been approved for this program. Credits are valid for equivalent categories in all New England states. To receive pesticide credits, you must register with your unique email address, log in with your own device, answer all the poll sessions and complete the survey after the webinar.

How to Participate: 

Special thanks to the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association!  Their gracious support has reduced participation fees for this event.
Click the button below to pay with a credit card. You will receive an email closer to the March 2nd event date with instructions on how to join the meeting.

Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 5:00pm
Contact's name: 
Geoffrey Njue
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