Come see hundreds of poinsettia plants on display at the Pennsylvania Poinsettia Trials and Open House November 13, 2014. All major international poinsettia breeders have agreed to provide their very best cultivars as well as experimentals for your appraisal. Representatives from each company will be on hand to discuss their poinsettias.
The POP Trial (Poinsettias of Pennsylvania) will offer both a natural season and a shaded plant trial of each cultivar. Additionally, a no-pinch test using Augeo, a plant growth regulator, will be available for evaluation. A complete poinsettia listing and program booklet will also be provided.
The POP Trial is hosted at the Dan Schantz Farm located at 8025 Spinnerstown Road Zionsville PA 18092.
The POP Trial includes seminars by an outstanding panel of speakers with the agenda listed below:
7:30 AM - Attendees POP Trial opens for evaluation and examination
Morning snacks & drinks available. Registration and plant listing booklets available.
10:00 AM - Dr. James Faust - Clemson University
Topic: How Poinsettia Production Has Changed Since 1828
The first poinsettia plants were grown in America by
Bartram Gardens in Philly in 1828 where they were sold for $2 each. While the
prices haven’t increased much, the production methods have. Jim will walk
us through two centuries of poinsettia production and highlight the major
developments that have created the current growing methods!
11:00 AM - Gary Vollmer - Product and Technical Manager Selecta North America
Topic: Growing Selecta Poinsettias
Tips and strategies for growing top quality Selecta Poinsettia. I will cover specific poinsettia strategies from propagation to post harvest, focusing on key tips and strategies as they relate to the top selling Selecta varieties.
12:00 PM - Lunch (Registration Fee includes lunch)
1:00 PM - Michael Oleykowski - Sales & Technical Support for Syngenta’s Plant Protectants and Bioline Groups.
Topic: New Options in insect control strategies!
Integration of chemical strategies along with biological strategies offers growers superior measures provides compatibility is understood and followed. Newer selective insecticides help give growers better options. A new chemical mode of action in insect pest control recently approved for broad spectrum control of greenhouse pests will be discussed.
Pesticide Category Credit
2:00 PM - Dr. Bill Argo - Blackmore Company
Topic: Poinsettia Fertilization From Start to Finish
Dr. Argo will cover poinsettia fertilization during 4 periods of growth; rooting, early growth (after rooting to just after pinch), rapid growth (after pinch to color), and finishing the crop. He will also discuss common nutritional problems with poinsettias, and how to correct them.
3:00 PM - Bill Riden - Pesticide Education Program - Penn State Extension
Topic: Top Tips for Pesticide Applicators
A review of the top tips on being an outstanding pesticide applicator. The talk will include the latest on the labeling that may be required by greenhouse/nursery growers in regards to neonicotinoid use on the plants sold to the big box stores.
4:00 PM - Continue to enjoy the POP Trials at your leisure.
The POP Trial will offer Core (2) & Category (2) pesticide recertification credits.
Early blind judging by knowledgeable growers will be held the day before, with results posted on the 14th