Nursery Crops and Greenhouses

Pacific Northwest Nursery Information

Starting a Plant Nursery or Greenhouse Business - A web site developed to help people in Oregon find information about starting a nursery business. It is designed to give you an overview on many topics especially important in the nursery industry.

Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM - This website has been established to provide educational material and links for the identification and management of pests in commercial nursery production in the Pacific Northwest.

Weed Management in Nursery Crops - This is a email list which will provide members with timely information regarding weed management.

Weed Control in Nursery Field Production - This publication describes how to develop a weed management program in three phases: field preparation, weed prevention, and management of escaped weeds.

ODA Nursery Index - The program exists within the Plant Division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and was developed to protect Oregon's nursery and Christmas tree industries from the introduction and spread of plant pests, disease, and noxious weeds. The program provides services to licensed Oregon nurseries and Christmas tree growers that assist in the production, marketing, and protection of Oregon nursery stock and Christmas trees.

Oregon Association of Nurseries - The OAN is the community dedicated to the long term success, profitability and excellence of Oregon's nursery and greenhouse industry.

Other useful nursery links

Nursery Production - EDIS is the Electronic Data Information Source of UF/IFAS Extension, a collection of information on topics relevant to you. Here is a list of nursery production resources.

Guide to Production Information for the Commercial Nursery Crop Grower - The following is a reference list of informative publications which can provide answers and guidance to the commercial nursery grower on topics from propagation to pest management. Accompanying each reference is a brief description of the publication.

Nursery Production of Hardwood Seedlings - This paper will provide the seedling user with a general overview of steps required to produce high quality hardwood seedlings. This publication  will not serve as a guide for the nursery production manager, but should convey knowledge necessary for the hardwood seedling buyer to properly communicate with nursery personnel to ensure delivery of quality seedlings.

Starting in the Nursery Business - Are you thinking of starting your own nursery? If so, you are not alone. Many new entrepreneurs are interested in growing and selling herbaceous and woody ornamental plants for profit.

Sustainable Small-Scale Nursery Production - Sustainable nursery practices can increase plant marketability and reduce a nursery's impact on the environment. This publication focuses on the sustainable production of woody and herbaceous nursery plants, both in containers and in the field. It is not a primer for inexperienced growers, but a complementary source of information that concentrates on sustainable production techniques. Topics covered include integrated pest management, weed control and alternative fertilizers. The publication also introduces business management practices.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Nutrient Management Guide for Western Oregon and Washington - Sustainable nursery practices can increase plant marketability and reduce a nursery's impact on the environment. This publication focuses on the sustainable production of woody and herbaceous nursery plants, both in containers and in the field. It is not a primer for inexperienced growers, but a complementary source of information that concentrates on sustainable production techniques. Topics covered include integrated pest management, weed control and alternative fertilizers. The publication also introduces business management practices.

Managing Weeds and Vegetation in Christmas Trees - Successful weed management involves year-round strategies that combine weed control practices and careful management of the ground cover to achieve tree growth and reduce soil erosion.

An Introduction to Growing Christmas Trees - Growing, harvesting and marketing Christmas trees is big business in Oregon. In fact, more Christmas trees are produced in our state than any in the U.S. Clackamas County is one of Oregon's leading tree producing counties with approximately 2 million trees collectively harvested annually by over 300 growers.

Growing Christmas Trees in the Pacific Northwest - A guide for the prospective and novice Christmas tree grower. Includes how to evaluate risk and potential for return. Discusses the tree growing cycle, tasks and time requirements, pertinent laws and regulations, and costs, returns, and taxes. Describes 11 popular species (color photos) including their soil and site preferences, pest and disease susceptibilities, and relative market value.

Developing High Quality True Fir Christmas Trees - This publication will help outline the growing of quality true fir Christmas trees—but it’s not the final word. Site conditions, your seed source, and a host of other variables will determine how your trees respond and develop.

Christmas Tree Diseases, Insects & Disorders in the Pacific Northwest: Identification and Management - Christmas tree growers and landscape specialists working with conifers will want this full color reference manual on hand. Authors have compiled descriptions, life cycle, and management information on diseases, pests and disorders common to Christmas trees grown in the Pacific Northwest. Less common pests are included for purposes of identification. Disease and insect sections provide a list of hosts and damage potential rating. Calendars pinpoint months to watch for pest activity on conifers.

Christmas Tree Production - List of Christmas tree production resources from the Bugwood Network.

Greenhouses

Greenhouse Tomato Production Guide - Mid-winter greenhouse tomato production is not generally recommended for western Oregon. Poor light intensity and high humidity often result in poor fruit set and quality. Effective lighting and humidity control is not considered to be economical.

Hobby Greenhouse Design Notes - Hobby greenhouses provide year-round enjoyment for many gardeners and can be a useful investment for families that wish to raise their own flowers, ornamental or garden vegetables. Plans are available for greenhouses of various styles, shapes, sizes and degrees of durability.

Greenhouse Growing - Oregon and Washington State Extension resources for greenhouse growing, building, and planting.

Greenhouse Publications - These resources offer detailed information on production of specific horticultural crops, focusing on sustainable and organic production methods for traditional produce, and also introducing a range of alternative crops and enterprises. In these publications you can find information on strategies for more sustainable greenhouse and field production of everything from lettuce to trees.

Planning and Building a Greenhouse - Careful planning is important before a home greenhouse project is started. Building a greenhouse does not need to be expensive or time-consuming. The final choice of the type of greenhouse will depend on the growing space desired, home architecture, available sites, and costs. The greenhouse must, however, provide the proper environment for growing plants.

Greenhouse Construction - Greenhouse designs vary widely with the type of greenhouse being the principal decision facing growers. Two principal types of greenhouse coverings are the air-inflated, double-layered polyethylene, quonset-styled greenhouse (polyhouse) and the traditional glass greenhouse (glasshouse). There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. A key concern for all greenhouse operators is correct engineering for the location and climate.

Solar Greenhouse - This resource list discusses basic principles of solar greenhouse design, as well as different construction material options. Books, articles and Web sites, and computer software relevant to solar greenhouse design are all provided in a resource list.

Greenhouse Intergrated Pest Management

Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM - This website has been established to provide educational materials and links for the identification and management of pests in commercial nursery production in the Pacific Northwest.

Greenhouse IPM - Integrated Pest Management resources including a pest fact sheet, identification photo gallery, IPM programs, and resources included.

Greenhouse Mites and Their Management - Greenhouse mite identification. Mites are small and are thus difficult to identify. However, knowledge of the species and its biology is the first step in designing a strategy to best manage them.

Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Crops - Integrated pest management for greenhouse crops is complex, and each problem situation or production objective is accompanied by a wide range of potentially acceptable solutions. There are also a great many legal implications regarding the recommendations and use of any management tactic or pesticide product in accordance to instructions specified on the product's label. The user of any pesticide is always responsible for his or her own actions. The following are some general considerations for the development of an integrated pest management program for commercial production or maintenance systems.

Texas Greenhouse Management Handbook - This complete handbook covers greenhouse structures, heating requirements, media, fertilization, nutritional deficiency, irrigation, as well as additional resources.