Market researchers have found that nursery and greenhouse production practices that reduce plastic use can increase consumer interest. However, there are broader crop performance, production efficiency, and environmental factors that must be considered before adopting containers made with alternative materials. This review highlights current commercially available alternative containers and parent materials. In addition, findings from recent and ongoing nursery, greenhouse, and landscape trials are synthesized, identifying common themes, inconsistencies, research gaps, and future research needs.
Susmitha Nambuthiri, Amy Fulcher, Andrew K. Koeser, Robert Geneve, and Genhua Niu
Michael R. Evans, Richard Harkess, Jeff Kuehny, and Janet Cole
participating institutions completed the pretests and the posttests. The average Greenhouse Management pretest score was 49%, and the average posttest score was 82%. The average Sustainable Nursery Crops Production pretest score was 45%, and the average posttest
Seaside Alder Using Controlled-release Fertilizer Nitrate-nitrogen contamination of groundwater is a challenge for sustainable nursery crop production. Nursery production of nitrogen-fixing nodulated plants could reduce nitrogen fertilizer use and result