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Spotlight: 
Rethinking Bio-control with Bio-Brews

With all the bio-control tools for combating pests and diseases at growers' disposal, sometimes the unconventional methods, like using bio-brews, get the best results.

Our grower focuses on enhancing plant health and quality using bio-brews, which are mixtures of regenerative micro-organisms that occur freely in nature. A bio-brew is not a pesticide but rather a bio-stimulant, which activates the natural processes of plants, benefiting nutrient use efficiency and/or tolerance to abiotic stress.

Bio-stimulants are not fertilizers or pesticides, as they work regardless of nutrient content in products and do not have any direct actions against pests or diseases. Instead, they act on the plants' vigor, rounding out crop nutrition and crop protection by working in synergy with them.

Spotlight: 
Caring for Petunias

Petunias are one of the most popular flowers, often grown as annuals. They are tender perennials in Zones 9 to 11. 

  • They are divided into two different groups:

    • Grandiflora petunias have very large flowers and are best grown in containers or hanging baskets (because they are more susceptible to rain damage).

    • Multiflora petunias have smaller, but more abundant flowers and are ideal for summer bedding or in a mixed border (because they are more tolerant to wet weather).

  • Petunias are tolerant of heat so you don’t have to water them regularly. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient (unless there are prolonged periods of drought in your area). The spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering though.

  • Fertilize your plants monthly to ensure good growth. Double-flowered cultivars like a biweekly dose of fertilizer.

  • Remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming.

Planning for the future:
MPS
804496 - American Color Inc
Status: NQ
Bedding plants and perennials

MPS ABC

Obtaining an MPS-ABC certificate means your environmental performance becomes more transparent. MPS-ABC is therefore the first step on the road to sustainable operations.

 

This certification gives American Color more structure to our operations and benefits society by making sustainability and quality demonstrable.

Future growers in the making..
American Color works in coordination with The Ohio State University Agriculture International Exchange Program.
We strive to provide the best opportunities for on-the-job training with our growers for specially selected foreign and american agricultural students.  
 
Daily life revolves around the greenhouse, varying with seasonal changes as to the training and activities required. Interns can expect long hours throughout the growing season, especially at peak times of production and harvest.