Upcoming events

2018 Metro-Detroit Flower Growers Association Golf Outing

September 6, 2018

Hickory Creek Golf Course

3625 Napier Rd., Superior Charter Twp, MI 48198


2018 Greenhouse Production, Plant Health, & Annual Metro-Detroit Flower Growers Association Meeting

October 3, 2018

Ruhlig Farms & Gardens, 24508 Telegraph Rd, Brownstown Charter Twp, MI 48134

Meeting Schedule: TBD


Fert, Dirt, & Squirt: Nutritional Monitoring of Greenhouse Crops Workshop

October 4, 2018

Michigan State University

Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health  4125 Beaumont Rd. Lansing, MI 48910

On October 4, 2018, a Nutritional Monitoring of Greenhouse Crops workshop led by Drs. W. Garrett Owen, Michigan State University Extension Eastern Michigan Greenhouse Outreach Specialist, and Brian Whipker, North Carolina State University Floriculture Extension Specialist, will be held at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population & Animal Health, Lansing, Michigan. This day-long workshop will emphasize Fert, Dirt, and Squirt, key pieces of equipment needed to establish an in-house nutrient monitoring program, and methods of nutritional monitoring. This interactive, hands-on workshop is designed for beginning to advanced growers. Attendees will practice nutritional monitoring methods and have the opportunity to have their own substrate (pH/EC), water (pH/EC/Alkalinity), and plants (substrate pH/EC) tested.

In addition, all attendees will be eligible to win a Hanna Instruments pH/EC meter! Those interested in attending the workshop should register today!

Meeting Schedule

9:30 AM Registration and refreshments Dr. Garrett Owen
10:00 AM Topic: Fertility

  Why Does my Substrate Drop When I Use a Basic Fertilizer?

  Plant Response to Phosphorus

Dr. Brian Whipker
11:00 AM Topic: Substrate

Mixing It Up: Greenhouse Substrates and Alternatives

Dr. Garrett Owen
12:00 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Topic: Water Quality

  Alkalinity: Focus on Water Alkalinity, Not Water pH

Dr. Brian Whipker
2:00 PM Topic: Nutritional Monitoring

  Keeping Your pH and EC on Track

Dr. Garrett Owen
Dr. Brian Whipker
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Hands-on Demonstration & Testing

PourThru, Saturated Media Extraction (SME), and1:2 Dilution

Dr. Garrett Owen

Dr. Brian Whipker


Cost: Pre-Registration (before Sept. 20, 2018): $80 per person)

Normal and On-Site Registration (After Sept. 20, 2018): $100 per person

**workshop limited to 50 attendees

Online Registration

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2018 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

December 4 to 6, 2018

Devos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Meeting Schedule: TBD