The Green Industry includes three components: greenhouse production, nursery production, and landscape service. Ornamental plant production is one of the fastest growing agricultural industries in Mississippi. It is a highly specialized and intensive form of agriculture. Unlike field or row crop agriculture, which bases production costs on acres, nursery and greenhouse costs are calculated on a per square foot of growing area or per plant basis. In the State of Mississippi, greenhouse industry created $549 million in 1999, which included $48 million in wholesale, $318 million in retail, and $183 million in service.
Mississippi Woody Plant Evaluation
Nursery industry is probably the fastest growing section in Mississippi agriculture. In 2002 there were 152 farms producing 1,067 acres of nursery stocks in the State of Mississippi, which increase 62.4% from 657 acres in 1997. In 2005 the wholesale value of the green industry in Mississippi (including nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod production) was $39 million. New introductions and cultivars have been continuously brought in the nursery industry and beautified homeowners’ landscape. This is essential to the future growth of the nursery/landscape industry in an increasingly competitive market. Adaptability issues arise when new plants are brought into market before they are tested under different climate conditions. An evaluation program is especially important in the State of Mississippi, where most of the new ornamental plants are introduced from out of state.
1) to evaluate landscape performance of a wide range of ornamental trees and shrubs with a focus on underused, new introductions, and new cultivars, at various locations in Mississippi representing USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 7b-8b;
2) to identify superior performers and pinpoint problems;
3) to disseminate technical information to the nursery industry, which could serve as a basis for promoting hardy trees and shrubs to home owners.
1. Landscape potential 2. Growth habit; 3. Foliage color; 4. Time of flowering; 5. Flower color; 6. Time of fruiting; 7. Fruit color; 8. Survival; 9. Growth rating; 10. Flower rating; 11. Fruit rating; 12. Cold damage rating.13. Insect damage rating; 14. Disease damage rating.
Plants donated from Spring Meadow (Grand Haven, MI)
Abeliophyllum distichum 'Roseum'
Deutzia gracilis 'Duncan' CHARDONNAY PEARLST ppaf, cbraf
Forsythia x intermedia 'Mindor' SHOW OFF ppaf
Genista lydia 'Select' BANGLE
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Shamrock' ppaf, cbraf
Hydrangea paniculata 'DVPpinky' PINKY WINKY pp# 16,166, cbraf
Ilex 'Drop of Gold'
Physocarpus opulifolius 'mindia' COPPERTINA ppaf, cbraf
Rosa x 'ChewMayTime' Paprika ppaf
Spiraea fritschiana 'Wilma' pp#15,397
Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Kordes'
Tamarix 'Pink Cascade'
Viburnum dentatum 'Christom'
Viburnum nudum 'Bulk' BRANDYWINE ppaf
Weigela florida 'Eyecatcher' ppaf
Weigela florida 'Bramwell' FINE WINE ppaf cbraf
Weigela florida 'Verwieg' ppaf
Plants donated from Heritage Seedlings (Salem, OR)
Cornus sericea (red & yellow)
Laburnum x watereri
Birch trees donated from Evergreen Nursery Co., Inc. (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
1.Renaissance OasisR Paper Birch
2.Royal FrostR Red Leaf Birch
3.Szechuan Chinese Birch
4.White Satin Birch
5.Prairie VisionR Asian White Birch
6.Dakota PinnacleR Asian White Birch
Plants donated from PDSI (Semmes, AL)
Raphiolepis Indica Calisto™ PPIP
Loropetalum chinensis 'Shang-lo' Purple Pixie™ PPIP
Loropetalum chinensis 'Shang-hi' Purple Diamond™ PPIP
Plants from other nurseries in the South:
Acer truncatum ssp. mono
Calycanthus floridus 'Venus' PPAF
Deutzia gracillis 'Chardonnay Pearls'
Euonymus alatus ‘Little Moses’
Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost'
Eurya japonica 'green thinly margined'
Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'
Gardenia jasminoides 'Shooting Star'
Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'
Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'
Loropetalum chinense 'Carolina Moonlight' PPAF
Loropetalum chinense Rubrum Daruma’ PPAF
Osmanthus fragrans ‘Fudingzhu’
Philadelphus 'Snow Dwarf'
Podocarpus lawrencii 'Purple King'
Spiraea japonica 'Lemon Princess'
Plants from other nurseries in the North:
Abies magnifica var. shastensis
Abies concolor-San Juan
Abies concolor-Swifts Silver
Abies grandis-Sear's Creek
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals can learn all aspects of production during the 25th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 3 and 4 in Raymond.
Experts from the tomato industry, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Auburn University will present the latest production information.
The workshop will be held at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center at 1500 Raymond Lake Road in Raymond.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Operators of small- to medium-sized farms wanting to learn more about a technique to extend the growing season are invited to attend the High Tunnel Field Day offered by Mississippi State University.
The field day begins at 9 a.m. March 10 and concludes at 4:30 p.m. at MSU’s Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Registration for the trade show and field day is $15 before March 1 and $25 after that date. Lunch will be provided.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Greenhouse tomato growers and those interested in learning how to grow this crop are invited to the 21st annual 2011 Greenhouse Tomato Short Course offered March 8-9 in Raymond.
Speakers at the two-day event will present seminars on a variety of topics relevant to the production of greenhouse tomatoes. The event will be held at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Wholesale greenhouse growers, retailers and landscape professionals from Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas will benefit from an upcoming conference at Hinds Community College in Raymond.
The Mid-South Greenhouse Growers' Conference at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center will begin with a 1 p.m. general session on June 8 and conclude at noon on June 10. The educational programs are co-sponsored by Mississippi State University's Extension Service, the Louisiana State University AgCenter and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.