Spring fast approaching at the Plant Care Facility

Spring fast approaching at the Plant Care Facility

Feb 13
Nathan Deppe, Plant Care Facility Coordinator
  
Days are getting longer and sunny intensity is increasing despite the less than balmy weather outside! For those of you that have experience working in greenhouses, you know how we pick up certain cues: Cues referring to spring’s approach right around the corner!

We are not the only ones to notice changes in weather. Researchers are gearing up for field season as we speak. This means we are noticing an increase in flats with various materials to be used as transplants. Bioenergy grasses follow suit prior to vegetables and other plants later this winter to early spring.

In addition, the Hort Club is prepping for their spring sale! On Saturday, Professor David Williams helped expedite their process by employing a mechanized potting machine. This helped speed the process of filling pots with soilless media prior to planting with transplants (see image). Now all these plants need are several months of warm sunny weather to make them marketable for sale!