Hardy nursery stock resources


AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial container and field grown hardy nursery stock production. The available reports and resources are listed below. 

PESTS OF HNS:


Guidelines and best practice for pesticide spray applications in protected ornamental crops

Vine Weevil

Vine Weevil

Research project HNS 195: Improving vine weevil control in HNS

Research project CP 111: A review of vine weevil knowledge in order to design best-practice IPM protocols suitable for implementation in UK horticulture

Research project SF/HNS 112: Evaluation of insecticides and insecticide mixtures for control of adult vine weevil

Research project SF HNS 127: Characterising vine weevil aggregation pheromone for use in traps at soft fruit and nursery sites


Other pests


Two new weevils threaten nursery stock - Otiorhynchus armadillo and Otiorhynchus salicicola


Identification and management of nematodes in field crops

Leaf and bud nematodes in hardy nursery stock

Managing leaf and bud nematodes | AHDB


The biology and control of two-spotted spider mite in nursery stock


Research project HNS PO 190: Biology and control of agapanthus gall midge

Research project HNS PO 199a: Development of novel control options for agapanthus gall midge


Integrated control of slugs and snails on hardy nursery stock


Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture

Rodent control on farms


DISEASES OF HNS:


Pythium, Phytophthora and root diseases

Control of Phytophthora, Pythium and Rhizoctonia in container-grown hardy ornamentals

Sudden Oak Death / Ramorum Dieback – implications for the HNS industry

Research project HNS 181: Survey, detection and diagnosis of Phytophthora root rot and other causes of die-back in conifers

Baiting stored irrigation water to test for the presence of Phytophthora and Pythium: Instruction sheet for growers summary

Research project HNS/PO 188: Baiting and diagnostic techniques for monitoring Phytophthora spp. and Pythium spp. in irrigation water

Research project HNS/PO 190: Treatments for the control of black root rot in bedding plants and hardy nursery stock


Downy mildew and Powdery mildew

Control of downy mildew diseases on hardy nursery stock and perennial herbaceous plants

Control of rose downy mildew

Research project HNS 186: Control of downy mildew on rose and herbaceous species

Research project HNS 196: Identification of inoculum sources and potential control strategies for the newly emerged Peronsospora causing downy mildew on aquilegia

Research project HNS 196a: Identification of factors which influence infection and control of the newly emerged Peronospora causing downy mildew on aquilegia

Control of powdery mildew diseases on hardy nursery stock and herbaceous perennials

Research project HNS 165: Prediction and sustainable management of rose powdery mildew

Research project HNS 173: Epidemiology and prediction of rose downy mildew

Research project HNS 180: Fungicide treatments for powdery mildew on rose and herbaceous crops


Bacterial diseases

Bacterial diseases of herbaceous perennials

Bacterial shot-hole of cherry laurel

Research project HNS 178: Bacterial diseases of herbaceous perennials

Research project HNS 179: Management of Bacterial Canker in Prunus spp

Research project HNS 168: Treatments for control of replant diseases in Sorbus aucuparia


Other diseases

Control of heuchera rust

Lupin anthracnose

Stemphylium leaf-spot and other foliar diseases of hebe

Research project HNS 184: Review of potential for disease management in forest nurseries using fungicides

Control of foliar diseases of container-grown roses


WEEDS OF HNS:


Herbicides screening for ornamental plant production (nursery stock, cut flowers and wallflowers)

Cover materials to control weeds in container-grown hardy nursery stock

Non-chemical weed control for container-grown hardy nursery stock

Practical weed control for nursery stock

Practical weed control for nursery stock : grower guide update 2018

Research project HNS 139a Crop safety screening of Dual Gold and Sumimax

Research project HNS/PO 192: Herbicides screening for ornamental plant production (nursery stock, cut flowers and wallflowers)

Research project HNS 166: Hardy ornamentals: herbicide screening for herbaceous perennials and grasses

Research project HNS 192a: Herbicides screening for ornamental plant production (nursery stock, cut flowers and wallflowers)

Research project HNS 198: Improving weed control in hardy nursery stock production

Research project HNS 175: Liverwort control using novel techniques


INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Wet heat treatment to sterilise pots for re-use

Crop Walkers' Guide: Hardy Nursery Stock

Research project HNS 185: Crop protection through Integrated Crop Management

Pest, disease and weed management in ornamental aquatic plants

Practical measures to prevent and manage insecticide, fungicide and herbicide resistance for horticultural crops

See Pot and bedding plant resources page for a range of videos supporting effective use of biological control


OTHER HNS TOPICS:


Nutrition

Growing Media Review

Introduction to fertigation

Nutrition of container-grown hardy nursery stock

Sampling methodologies and analysis interpretation for growers of hardy nursery stock

Video page: How to sample leaf tissue

Video page: How to sample substrate

Research project HNS 189: Nutrient management in container-grown HNS - Review

Research project HNS 193: Nutrient management in Hardy Nursery Stock (NutrHONS)

Research project HNS 200: Developing nutrient management guidance for Hardy Nursery Stock


Irrigation

Biobeds for treatment of pesticide waste and washings

Capillary irrigation of container grown nursery stock

Establishing a resilient water supply

Measuring and improving the performance of overhead irrigation for container-grown crops

Methods and equipment for matching irrigation supply to demand in container grown crops

Precision scheduling of irrigation in the production of container-grown hardy nursery stock in various growing media

Research project HNS 182: Irrigation guidelines for peat, reduced peat and peat-free substrates


Labour and skills

Ornamental Horticulture Skills Survey

Video: Webinar - Operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture


Other


A guide to simple and effective nursery trials


Hardy nursery stock propagation guide

Hardy nursery stock - management of stock plants

Herbaceous perennials: A guide to the production of container grown plants

HNS Cold Storage – A growers’ guide

Winter protection of container grown nursery stock

Translated publications from PCS, Belgium, covering technical topics relevant to ornamental crops

Translated VuB annual reports, covering technical research projects of relevance to hardy nursery stock


Studentship project HNS/PO 194: GROWBOT: A Grower-Reprogrammable Robot for Ornamental Plant Production Tasks

Research project HNS 203: Limitations to implementing robotics – scoping project


Research project HNS 171a: Cordyline and phormium - causes of tip-burn and yellow leaf spot syndrome


Control soil erosion and improve soil conditions in field tree and hedging nursery stock production


Research project HNS 164: Basal breaking of field-grown roses using ethylene releasing agents

Research project HNS 187: Evaluating the potential of plant growth regulators to limit plant growth on tree and hedging species

Research project HNS 157: Optimising leaf defoliation in young trees

Research project HNS 187a: Evaluating the potential of plant growth regulators to limit plant growth on tree and hedging species

Research project HNS197: Application of post-harvest treatments to extend storability of pedunculate acorns (Quercus robur) without loss of viability or germinability.


Procost tool

Prospace Tool

Research project HNS136a: Management tools for optimising nursery space use and production forecasting


Useful links

A guide to best practice in handling bought-in plants

Calibrating a water-powered proportional dilutor

Protecting the water supply for your crops



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