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January 20, 2017
Winter is a busy time in a greenhouse nursery operation! It may not look like much is going on from the outside, but winter is a very busy time of the year in a greenhouse nursery operation. With the cold, short and bleak days of January and February, the  behind-the-scenes activity of a greenhouse nursery operation is anything but slow. In the greenhouse, the rooting of thousands of flower cuttings begins in December and lasts throughout the winter and early spring months. The rooted cuttings which are referred to as “plugs” must be hand transplanted to larger pots and hanging baskets for product to be available during the peak selling season in the month of May. Even in the depth of winter, disease and insect pressure on the greenhouse crops must be controlled with a variety of insecticides and fungicides. A warm, humid greenhouse is not only an ideal environment for plants but for harmful insects and diseases, as well. Therefore, disease and insect control products must be applied weekly with a fogger or hydraulic sprayer and in some cases results in a considerable expenditure of time.

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February 4 - Dragonflies & Damselfies
Speaker: Judy Semroc, Conservation Specialist (Natural Areas Division), Cleveland Museum of Natural History

February 11 - Orchid Mania!
Speaker: Cynthia Druckenbrod, Cleveland Botanical Garden

February 18 - Lovely Lilacs
Speaker: Tom Dayton, Dayton Nursery

February 25 - Identifying Nests & Eggs
Speaker: Carol Zeh, Audubon Member

March 4 - Not Your Grandma's Daylilies
Speaker: Rae Dickens, Western Reserve Daylily Society

March 11 - The Best New Plants for 2017
Speaker: Tom Dayton & Karen Martin

JAN 5 - Carefully check houseplants for insects and spider mites
- Inspect stored dahlias and cannas for mold.  Dust with fungicide if necessary.
JAN 15
- Check trees and shrubs for rabbit or deer damage
JAN 16
- We're off to the annual Midwest Green Industry Xperience in Columbus
JAN 20
- Start planning your veggie and flower gardens
JAN 26
- Sow geranium seeds
JAN 28
- Re-apply Wilt Pruf to broadleaf evergreens during a thaw
- Groundhog Day
- Seminar: Dragonflies & Damselflies, 11:00 am
FEB 10
- Last day to plant any unplanted spring flowering bulbs
FEB 11
- Seminar: Orchid Mania, 11:00 am


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