I usually post this every year to notify people who buy annuals like
Impatiens or even Petunia's to carefully look at the plants and the
size of the foliage. If it looks smaller than it should look, this is
not just because it is a young plant. It means the production
schedule in the greenhouse made it necessary to use growth regulators
or inhibitors. This is a class of chemicals which can, and often does
stunt the growth of the plant indefinitely. Many annuals will come
out of it, but if the plant is too far along in the six pack or 4"
pot, and if these inhibitors are used the plant is stunted in a more
mature point in that plants life...mature for shelf at market, that
So, be aware and don't buy this type of plant even if it had a million
buds. It will have those buds as a response to dying or stress to
On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:09:34 -0700 (PDT), Father Haskell
Okay, so I guess my instance which was very specific to giant
greenhouse operations didn't seem to enter your mind, I'll say it
again with the addition of natural light situation, huge operations
under glass, shipping out tractor trailers of flats day and night,
with hundreds of employees and a head house operation of three to six
belts with 20-30 operators planting plugs on two shifts. It is
cheaper to use growth inhibitors.
The only time artificial light is used are for very limited crops
which are hugely smaller than that of annual flats production of
impatiens and all the ordinary plants which people fawn all over.
On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:15:36 -0700 (PDT), Father Haskell
In houses which total over a million sq ft under glass, what do you
think? It is done with mums and poinsettia, but there are far less
produced than flat packs of annuals. Also, mums and poinsettias come
in as slips and most large factory greenhouse operations either grow
their own or purchase plugs for annuals. Some annuals are direct
seeded into flats, but that is usually limited to melons, cucumbers,
and other squash.
On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 23:00:12 -0500, Charlie wrote:
And they count on that as part of their extended sales. They want
people to come and buy more packs. It's such a dirty industry and I
worked for one of the worst and largest of such operations before I
went back into a 5,000 foot house where I transitioned them over to
organic and that took three years to be certified.
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