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Serving the educational needs of the various agricultural production industries in California that produce greenhouse ornamental crops and outdoor nursery products.

News and Announcements

California Nursery Conference 

The Conference took place in Irvine, Ca. on July 27th. Presentations posted 

Conference sessions:

  • Analyzing Production Systems and Marketing Environmental Features of Landscape Plants
  • Marketing Environmental Features and Decision Management
  • Irrigation and Nutrient Management
  • Managing and Using Recycled Water
  • Treating Captured Runoff for Reuse and Economics of Recycling Water

Continuing Education:
Credits have been approved by: CCA (5hrs), ISA (4hrs),  CCNPro (6hrs) , San Diego RWQCB (2hrs).
Credits have been applied for from CDPR, Ventura County AILG, and LA ILG.


New article!

Fertilizer Management in Containers:
What to do after/during all the winter rains!

Don Merhaut, Extension Specialist for Nursery and Floriculture Crops, UC Riverside

There are a couple of housekeeping items that need to be addressed in early spring for container production, especially because of all of the rain that we have had in California.  Since the rains have leached many water soluble nutrients from the containers, nutrient deficiencies in the initial flushes of vegetative growth that occur late this winter and early spring may not receive adequate nutrients.

To read the entire article, click on the link below to download it.
Fertilizer Management in Containers Merhaut


Summer 2017 Newsletter

(Volume 21, Issue 1)
Newest edition!


Our Summer 2017 newsletter issue focuses on Phytophthora and other root pathogens and how to manage these diseases in the nursery.


UC Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials
Autumn Ratings Open House Event 
For Landscape and Horticulture Professionals, Academics and UC Master Gardeners
UC Davis
September 26 & 27, 2017


Space is limited; please RSVP by filling out the survey:flower trials photo
Survey Link

To see pictures of previous events and some of our featured plants, visit our Facebook page: 
Full reports of previous trials results can be viewed here: http://ccuh.ucdavis.edu/Projects/plant-trials.
For more information contact: 

Use of scouting as a pest management practice by California nurseries
Now available: Publication by Bill Matthews examining the economics of scouting. This study was a joint project with the Agricultural Issues Center and UCNFA, funded by a CDFA Specialty Crops Block Grant. 

Select ABC's workshops are now online!
UCNFA online presentations in both English and Spanish can now be accessed online.

We hope you find value in these educational presentations and we look forward to offering more in the future!  


Nursery manual cover
Now available from the ANR catalog for $40.00 per copy

UC Container Nursery Production and Business Management Manual 

Irrigation Uniformity Worksheet (Excel file will download)
Having an efficient irrigation system is key to managing water resources under drought conditions. Click on the link above to download this Excel worksheet developed by Loren Oki and Darren Haver of UC Cooperative Extension. This worksheet will calculate the distribution uniformity of an irrigation system when measurements of the water volume captured in catch cans is entered.

New light brown apple moth (LBAM) resources
from Steve Tjosvold and Neal Murray, UCCE Santa Cruz County
Field Identification Guide (PDF)
Scouting and Field Identification Video (13:10)

Online Tool for Best Management Practices for Multiple Pests in California Nursery and Floriculture Operations

Need continuing education credits for your license or job?
Find information at these links below:

DPR Continuing Education Info
CCA Continuing Education Info
LA Irrigated Lands Group Info
LA Regional Water Quality Control Board Conditional Waiver Info
Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Conditional Waiver Info
San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board Conditional Waiver Info



Upcoming Events:




2018 California Nursery Conference and Grower Tour
Monterey, CA
June 2018. Dates to be determined

This meeting is being held in conjunction with the USDA NC1186 and S-1065


California Nursery Conference
July 27, 2017
Presentations posted
Irvine, CA

ABC's of Plant Pathology
February 16, 2017
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Parlier, CA
English Session
Spanish Session

ABC's of Plant Pathology
January 31, 2017
Center for Applied Horticulture Research
San Marcos, CA
English Session

To view programs in 2016 and before, go to the Program and Publications page


Any questions about upcoming or recent events?
Email Loren Oki lroki@ucdavis.edu


We'll add it to our web site!

From the UC Blogosphere...

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Heirloom tomatoes Tomato Extravaganza
Posted 8/14/2017 -       11th Annual Tomato Extravaganza and Plant Sale  By Tami Reece    UCCE Master...

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