Container production of ornamental crops in retractable roof greenhouses in semi-arid climate of the southwestern United States

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Abstract

Retractable roof greenhouses (RRGH) offer nursery growers in the semi-arid climates of the Southwestern United States protection from high temperatures and radiation in summer and from cold temperatures in winter with the option of growing in a full sun environment when environmental conditions are favorable. Environmental conditions such as PAR, air, leaf, and media temperatures, and responses of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants growing in containers in RRGH or other environments were monitored during different seasons in Arizona. Conditions inside RRGH were compared to plastic tunnels, stationary shade houses, and full sun environments. In winter, RRGH provided frost protection similar to plastic tunnels and maintained minimum air and media temperatures several degrees above freezing when air and media temperatures outside reached -2°C and 0°C, respectively. Water use of high and low water use ornamental plants was studied under different environments and varied by environment, species, container size and day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVII International Symposium on Protected Cultivation in Mild Winter Climates
Subtitle of host publicationProduction, Pest Management and Global Competition
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Pages105-111
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789066052598
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
Volume659
ISSN (Print)0567-7572

Keywords

  • Container nursery production
  • Media temperatures
  • Plant water use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture

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