bedding plants

It’s Not Too Late for the Spring Bedding Plant Meetings

Rosa Raudales in greenhouse
Photo: Kara Bonsack

You can Register for the Spring Bedding Plant Meetings:  

By  Email: Leanne Pundt, at  or call 860-921-3288

You can pay at the door (cash or check), however, please pre-register by phone or email by

Feb 13 for Feb 16 meeting at the Tolland County Extension Center

Feb 14 for Feb 21 meeting at the Litchfield County Extension Center

You must pre-register to be guaranteed a catered lunch.


Bedding Plants – Spring 2017!

Spring Bedding Plant Meeting

Tolland County Extension Center Vernon, CT

Feb 16, 2017  

Time  Title  Speaker 
9:30 – 10:00 Registration  
10:00 – 11:00 Using Controlled Release Fertilizers in Containers Rosa Raudales, UConn
11:00-12:00 KEEP IT SIMPLE:  Choosing the right media and fertility program for your crops Dan Jacques, Sun Gro Horticulture
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (catered)  
12:30 – 1:30 Mistaken Identities: Tips on Scouting Leanne Pundt, UConn
1:30 – 2:30 Management of Diseases on Edibles in the Greenhouse Angela Madeiras, UMass


Spring Bedding Plant Meeting

Litchfield County Extension Center, Torrington, CT

Feb 21, 2017 

Time  Title  Speaker 
9:30 – 10:00 Registration  
10:00 – 11:00 Using Controlled Release Fertilizers in Containers Rosa Raudales, UConn
11:00 – 12:00 KEEP IT SIMPLE:  Choosing the right media and fertility program for your crops Dan Jacques, Sun Gro Horticulture
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (catered)  
12:30 – 1:00 Worker Protection Standard: Overview of What’s New


Candace Bartholomew, UConn
1:00- 2:00 Mistaken Identities: Tips on Scouting Leanne Pundt, UConn
2:00- 2:30 Hot Topics in Pest Control Leanne Pundt, UConn


Four pesticide recertification credits!     


Directions to Programs: 

February 16th, Tolland County Extension Center: Take Exit 67 off I-84. Take Route 31 North to the junction of Route 30. Turn right onto Route 30. Tolland County Extension Center is on the right just after Rockville Bank at 24 Hyde Avenue.  You can link to a map at:  or call 860-875-3331

February 21st, Litchfield County Extension Center:  From Route 8 North, take exit 44, go straight at first traffic light, go left at second traffic light onto Route 4 and proceed 2.75 miles, turn right onto University Drive and proceed 1 mile to Litchfield County Extension Center. You can link to a map at: or call 860-626-6240


Registration Form – Bedding Plants – Spring 2017





Email address____________________________Phone:________________________________

(Required for confirmation of registration)                                  (Required)

No. attending ___________x $25.00/person = $____ at Tolland CES     ____ (please check) on Feb 16 th

at Litchfield CES ____ (please check) on Feb 21st Please make checks payable to University of Connecticut. Return this form and check to Leanne Pundt, Litchfield County Extension Center, 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790-2635.

Included in your registration fee of $25.00:  Handouts, Catered Lunch Beverages.

For more information contact: 

Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension, 860-626-6855,

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Spring Bedding Plant Meetings

IPM meeting attendees

The UConn Extension Spring Bedding Plant Meetings were held the first week in February in our Torrington and Vernon offices. We had good attendance of 35 in Torrington and 37 in Vernon, in spite of the weather! #UConnExtension’s Rosa Raudales spoke on Feeding Greenhouse Crops and Monitoring Water Quality. Yonghao Li of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station spoke on diseases of spring crops. Leanne Pundt of UConnExtension spoke on biological controls.


Spring Bedding Plant Meetings

Extension word markLeanne Pundt of UConn Extension hosted two Spring Bedding Plant meetings in February for Connecticut growers. One was held in Vernon and the other in Torrington so that all growers were offered a convenient location.
The Meetings began with a discussion on the greenhouse issues of 2012, including downy mildew on garden impatiens.  Leanne offered tips on how to manage pests on ornamentals, vegetables and herb bedding plants.

Extension Educator Jude Boucher presented a virtual tour of how some Connecticut growers are growing vegetables in the greenhouses, a tour of some of the All America Sweepstakes (AAS) winners and losers at the UConn Department of Plant Science Research Farm plus give us updates on late blight on tomatoes

UConn Plant Science Department Head Rich McAvoy covered updates on plant growth regulators, reviewed the best management practices for Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’S) and gave tips on how to hold plants if sales are delayed.   He also gave some tips on nutritional monitoring using the pour thru method and how to calibrate your injector.
Wade Elmer, Plant Pathologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station covered emerging diseases such as downy mildews, powdery mildews, botrytis,  leaf spots, root rots and others plus highlighted what diseases to expect on some of the shade tolerant species growing in 2013. 
Overall, both meetings were well attended and very successful. It should be a very successful year for bedding plants.