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Erik Runkle - Floriculture/greenhouse crop productionFloriculture
Dr. Erik Runkle is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture with a 50% Extension and 50% Research appointment. He provides production expertise for the commercial floriculture/greenhouse industry in Michigan and beyond. For more information on Erik’s outreach and research activities, visit his faculty webpage or the Resources page on the MSUE Floriculture website.
June 6, 2013 | The Michigan Senate declared Saturday, June 8, as a day to encourage residents to beautify their homes with Michigan-grown flowers.
April 12, 2013 | The plant growth regulator (PGR) Collate, which contains the active ingredient ethephon, is now available for greenhouse use in Michigan and most of the United States.
April 4, 2013 | The Rural Energy for America Program has again made funds available to help agricultural producers improve their energy efficiency.
March 18, 2013 | A free bulletin was just published by Purdue University with information on how to modify day length in commercial greenhouses.
January 30, 2013 | MSU researchers in collaboration with PanAmerican Seed have developed a spreadsheet to help greenhouse growers predict the effect of temperature on flowering time of 15 varieties of Wave petunia.
July 19, 2012 | Join us August 7 to view new garden plant introductions, observe how they are performing in the heat and hear the latest from MSU Trial Gardens’ staff and plant breeders about new selections.
July 11, 2012 | The high temperatures this summer will likely delay flowering of early season potted chrysanthemums. Learn more about this phenomenon and how to deal with it.
June 22, 2012 | Fresco is a plant growth regulator that promotes extension growth of ornamentals. Its label was recently updated for Michigan growers to treat plants that were over-regulated by a plant growth retardant.
April 27, 2012 | Now is the time to begin shading greenhouses to prevent excessively warm temperatures.
April 19, 2012 | We’ve received reports of high soluble salts in growing media in greenhouses. Read about the potential causes and solutions.