Professor Joyce Latimer

About Professor Joyce Latimer

Dr. Latimer is the Extension Specialist for Greenhouse Crops for Virginia. She assists local VCE agents in solving grower problems and develops educational programming for commercial greenhouse operators. She also serves as an educational advisor to the Virginia Flower Growers Association. Dr. Latimer conducts research on plant growth and development with an emphasis on growth regulation of herbaceous perennials. She also works with conditioning, plant/pest relationships, and production of greenhouse-grown crops.

Posts by Professor Joyce Latimer :

PGRs on Perennials: Buddleia spp.

Butterfly bushes (Buddleia spp.) are great perennial flowering plants to meet the current interest in pollinator gardens. These very vigorous plants are typically grown as herbaceous perennials although they become quite woody in the landscape. We’ve conducted several PGR trials with different cultivars using uniconazole...
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PGRs on Perennials: Verbena Canadensis

Homeowners love the spreading, trailing habit of Verbena canadensis. Cultivars like ‘Homestead Purple’ made a long-lasting splash in the garden center marketplace as a great groundcover with their spreading habit and heavy flower power spring through frost in the fall. However, growth management in the...
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Growth Control of Perennial Ferns

By Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech Production of hardy ferns is becoming increasingly profitable as demand for these herbaceous perennials increases. However, growth management, especially of the larger species, in one-gallon pots can be very difficult. At the request of a grower, we tested the use...
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