The UConn Greenhouse IPM Program supports the Connecticut greenhouse industry with information and educational programming on sustainable production methods. In Connecticut, the greenhouse industry is a significant part of agriculture. Greenhouse and nursery products (ornamental shrubs, flowers, young plants) are Connecticut's leading source of agricultural income. Approximately 300 commercial greenhouse businesses have 8 million square feet of production space under cover. In addition, many Connecticut farmers have added greenhouse crops to their businesses to increase income.
UConn team members also work with University Extension Specialists and grower representatives from the Northeast to help plan and sponsor the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo. This two-day conference is held every other year (even years), with nationally recognized speakers and a trade show. They also develop and publish the New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide (A Management Guide for Insects, Diseases, Weeds and Growth Regulators). This manual presents biological, cultural and chemical management information for insects, diseases, weeds and plant growth regulators and is updated every two years. To order, see CANHR's Communications Resource Center or Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo website.
UConn team members (listed at the right) conduct educational activities, including this website, the Connecticut Greenhouse Pest Messages in the box at the bottom of this page, and UConn Greenhouse Pest Messages, educational programs, hands-on field training, trouble-shooting site visits, production management advise, diagnostic services and research.
Educational programs include the annual UConn Greenhouse Biological Control Conference pesticide recertification programs such as the Spring Bedding Plant Update. In addition, cooperative educational programs are held with the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association.
To receive timely reports about what's happening in Connecticut with pests, nutrition, greenhouse engineering, marketing and other issues that affect your greenhouse retail or wholesale business, sign up to get emails that contain the Connecticut Greenhouse Pest Messages. Information is gathered from site visits and conversations with growers in the state. Please contact Leanne Pundt at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive this information.
Home gardeners with home greenhouses may contact the UConn Home and Garden Center. An excellent reference book on home greenhouses is Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners (NRAES -137) available Here.