March 8, 2022
“Production, Production, Production” was the theme for this year’s Nursery Growers Short Course. The virtual symposium, held Feb. 2, 2022, was presented by the Landscape Ontario Growers Group and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Speakers delivered a full day of webinars on IPM for Box Tree moths, the automation and data management of measuring tree trunks, challenges and opportunities for a local and genetically diverse seed supply and other production related topics.

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre shared how the RootSmart propagation system has proven to help prevent root defects and deflections for trees.

NVK Nurseries revealed how they have improved soil fertility, biodiversity and microbes, increased crop growth, and decreased weeds and erosion by growing cover crops on their bare soil.

Attendees were also treated to video tours of Van Belle Nursery, Robinson Nursery, and several Bailey Nursery sites.

The course finished with an introduction to new tree cultivars suitable for Ontario, with a demonstration of how cultivars are chosen and developed in the first place (hint: it takes much patience and time).

Landscape Ontario would like to thank presenting sponsor: Kam’s Growers Supply; and supporting partners: Plant Products, Gro-Bark, ICL Specialty Fertilizers, and A.M.A Horticulture.