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.
In this video we are going to explore the difference in plant response to Concise, a soil active PGR, applied by different methods using Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’. This Rudbeckia is still a major summer flowering perennial for most growers but I get questions on how to... Read More
A blog is a conduit for timely information, right? Yes, it is! But, it is also a personal communication from me (the writer) to you (the reader). So, I am going to take just a minute to “rant” about one of my pet peeves. Having... Read More
In this video we evaluated plant growth regulators (PGRs), Dazide, Dazide/Citadel tank mix, Piccolo 10 XC and Concise for growth regulation of flower stalk growth in a new, vigorous lavender from Peace Tree Farm, the cultivar Phenomenal. Liners were donated by Peace Tree Farm and... Read More
Many tank mixes are designed to provide a synergistic effect. In other words, you can use lower rates of both products to get the same or greater efficacy. Although we have found no synergism with tank mixes of Configure (6-BA, Fine Americas, Inc.) and growth... Read More
This video shows how the PGR, Configure (BA, benzyladenine, from Fine Americas, Inc.), can improve plant quality for both producers and consumers. Early applications during liner production increases the number of branches on the finished liners. In some crops like Gaura ‘Siskiyou Pink’, a single... Read More
One of the truly niche fits for Configure is the production of Echinacea. Configure is a benzyladenine (6-BA) product that Fine Americas, Inc. introduced to the market in 2008 to enhance branching. Since then it has become a regular tool used by many Echinacea producers... Read More