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Valérie Gravel, Martine Dorais and Claudine Ménard

-quality and pathogen-free organic transplants has become a challenge to ensure grower profitability. Production of organic vegetable transplants has been done using both solid and liquid sources of organic fertilizers ( Koller et al., 2004 ). Organic

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Stephanie Burnett, Neil Mattson, Brian Krug and Roberto Lopez

States. Since 2004, there has been an 83% increase in the acreage of organic greenhouses ( USDA, 2006 ). Vegetable transplants sold to consumers have become an increasingly important sector of the industry as well. In 2008, $92 million in vegetable

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Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, W. Keith Jenkins, Dharmalingam Pitchay and Gunawati Gunawan

Nature 194 1262 1263 Díaz-Pérez, J.C. Silvoy, J. Phatak, S.C. Pitchay, D.S. Morse, R. 2008 Organic tomato transplant production in compost-amended substrate Acta Hort. 782 241 243 Dufault, R.J. 1998 Vegetable transplant production HortTechnology 8 515 523

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William J. Lamont Jr

transplant production and greenhouse crop production. The transplant production section is an excellent source of information on all aspects of growing vegetable transplants, including containers, seeds, temperatures, time requirements, mixes, fertilizers

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Rita L. Hummel, Craig Cogger, Andy Bary and Robert Riley

biosolids as substrates would enhance the sustainability of container plant production systems. Results of a consumer preference survey for ornamentals, vegetable transplants, and herbs indicated consumers were interested in obtaining plants produced locally

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Bridget K. Behe, Benjamin Campbell, Jennifer Dennis, Charles Hall, Roberto Lopez and Chengyan Yue

. Slightly more than 70% of the participants had Internet access. Within the entire sample, 54.8% of the participants purchased annuals, 45.3% purchased perennials, 43.5% had purchased vegetable transplants or herbs, 19.2% had purchased flowering shrubs, 12

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. Minimally pruning young trees, to remove bad crotch angles, for the sake of structural stability, appears to be a better recommendation for industry. Biochar for Vegetable Transplant Production Due to the overwhelming use of sphagnum peat moss in growing

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Courtney D. DeKalb, Brian A. Kahn, Bruce L. Dunn, Mark E. Payton and Allen V. Barker

Soilless, peatmoss-based growing media are used commonly in vegetable transplant production ( Sterrett, 2001 ). Peatmoss-based media give consistent and reliable results in the horticulture industry ( Boodley and Sheldrake, 1982 ), but peatmoss is

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Daniel Leskovar and Yahia Othman

understood ( Zhang et al., 1999 ), especially for containerized vegetable transplants. In Arabidopsis , nitrate and phosphorus (P) levels can alter root system architecture ( Linkohr et al., 2002 ). Increasing nitrate concentration in growing media reduced

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Roberto G. Lopez and Diane M. Camberato

with the traditional plastic pot. Unique to poinsettia production is its long cropping period and that it is a holiday interior floral product. The container is part of the final marketed product, unlike herbs, vegetable transplants, and bedding plants