New Mex Tech Bedding Plant Production

New Mexico Tech Greenhouse produces hundreds of bedding plants for flowerbeds on campus and university activities.
IMG 3245.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3240.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 2869  A table of six inch Petunia pots for the university grounds department.  The quality of the Petunias and other bedding plants was a direct result of upgrades to the greenhouse and the extensive testing of fertilizer solutions in combination with water testing.  All fertilizer compounds were reformulated to match growing conditions. April 4, 2013 IMG 2883  Mahsa Karamy, Associate Director of Facilities and grower admiring her crop of Petunias produced for the university grounds department.  The quality of the bedding plants was a direct result of upgrades to the greenhouse and the extensive testing of fertilizer solutions in combination with water testing.  All fertilizer compounds were reformulated to match growing conditions. April 4, 2013 IMG 2880  Mahsa Karamy, Associate Director of Facilities and grower admiring her crop of Petunias for the university grounds department.  The quality of the bedding plants was a direct result of upgrades to the greenhouse and the extensive testing of fertilizer solutions in combination with water testing.  All fertilizer compounds were reformulated to match growing conditions. April 4, 2013 IMG 2879  April 4, 2013
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IMG 2955.1  April 4, 2013 IMG 2952.1  April 4, 2013 IMG 2951.1  April 4, 2013 Mahsa Karamy, Associate Director of Facilities and Grower admiring her crop of bedding plants produced for the university grounds department.  Marie Gracia Shaffner looks on. IMG 2950.1  April 4, 2013  April 4, 2013 Mahsa Karamy, Associate Director of Facilities and Grower admiring her crop of bedding plants produced for the university grounds department.  Marie Gracia Shaffner looks on. IMG 2946.1  April 4, 2013 IMG 2945.1  April 4, 2013
IMG 2949.1  April 4, 2013 IMG 2947.1.CR2  April 4, 2013 IMG 2948.1  April 4, 2013 IMG 3209.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3222.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3212.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013
IMG 3218.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3205.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3224.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3228.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3242.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013 IMG 3229.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flowerbeds May 1, 2013
IMG 3208.1  April 11, 2013  Bedding plants ready to be planted in NMT flower May 1, 2013 IMG 3251  Jim Shaffner checking for insects with Mahsa Karamy Grower and Associate Director of Facilities. IMG 3271.1  Jim Shaffner discussing fertilizer injection system with Mahsa Karamy, Grower and Associate Director of Facilities. IMG 3279.1  First crop of Petunias grown in seven inch pots installed 4-21-2013 at the Fidel Center for the presidents banquet. IMG 3278.1  First crop of Petunias grown in seven inch pots installed 4-21-2013 at the Fidel Center for the presidents banquet. IMG 3277.1  First crop of Petunias grown in seven inch pots installed 4-21-2013 at the Fidel Center for the presidents banquet.
IMG 3283.1  First crop of Petunias grown in seven inch pots installed 4-21-2013 at the Fidel Center for the presidents banquet. IMG 3414.1  Flowerbeds planted with flowers from the greenhouse planted for graduation and summer. 5-19-2013 IMG 3427.1  Flowerbeds planted with flowers from the greenhouse planted for graduation and summer. 5-19-2013 IMG 3423.1  Flowerbeds planted with flowers from the greenhouse planted for graduation and summer. 5-19-2013 IMG 3421.1  Flowerbeds planted with flowers from the greenhouse planted for graduation and summer. 5-19-2013 IMG 3416.1  Flowerbeds planted with flowers from the greenhouse planted for graduation and summer. 5-19-2013
IMG 3430.1  Flowerbeds planted with flowers from the greenhouse planted for graduation and summer. 5-19-2013 117  Plants from the greenhouse decorated the New Mexico Tech May 11, 2013 graduation stage. 684  Plants from the greenhouse decorated the New Mexico Tech May 11, 2013 graduation stage. 75  Plants from the greenhouse decorated the New Mexico Tech May 11, 2013 graduation stage. IMG 5648  Poinsettia Crop planted and growing on.  The ship date for these plugs was August 26, 2013.  This photo was taken September 25, 2013. IMG 5649  Poinsettia Crop planted and growing on.  The ship date for these plugs was August 26, 2013.  This photo was taken September 25, 2013.
IMG 5650  Poinsettia Crop planted and growing on.  The ship date for these plugs was August 26, 2013.  This photo was taken September 25, 2013. IMG 5651  Viola and Pansy crop ready to be planted for fall growing on, in the NMT flower beds. IMG 5657  Viola and Pansy crop ready to be planted for fall growing on in the NMT flower beds. IMG 5654  Viola and Pansy crop ready to be planted for fall growing on in the NMT flower beds. IMG 5779  Poinsettias October 16, 2013 IMG 5781  Poinsettias October 16, 2013
IMG 5777  Poinsettias October 16, 2013 IMG 6428  Poinsettia crop finished November 30, 2013 IMG 6429  Poinsettia crop finished November 30, 2013 IMG 6432  Poinsettia crop finished November 30, 2013 IMG 6436  Poinsettia crop finished November 30, 2013 Calculation Methods for Injection of Fertilizer into Water Line 7
Recommendations for Improvement of Cultural Practices for the NMT Greenhouse Operation June 12, 2013 Pointsettia Formula August 28th  Low Nitrate 2013 Pointsettia Formula September 2013 Pointsettia Formula October Low Ammonia 2013 IMG 1710  Preparing pH meter for calibrating with a pH 7.0 Buffer solution IMG 1711  Removing pH electrode from storage bottle Buffer solution and placing into pH 7.0 Buffer solution.
IMG 1712  Checking pH calibration with temperature probe and electrode in pH 7.0 Buffer solution. IMG 1713  Clean all equipment with demineralized water. IMG 1714  Calibration of both the LaMotte and Myron L disolved solids meters. IMG 1715  Checking the accuracy of the DS meter with a 989 ppm TDS solution from the LaMotte kit. Pushing the red button will also test meter for accuracy. The bottom of the meter has the calibration number. IMG 1716  Myron meter with bottom removed showing calibration wheel. IMG 1717  Calibrate scale to the container that is used to hold fertilizer material by turning scale off, placing container on the scale and turn it on.  After scale is turned on it will go through some self checks and then should read zero.
IMG 1718  Preparing containers to measure exactly one gallon in Mililiters. One gallon equals 3,785 ml IMG 1719  Preparing containers to measure exactly one gallon in Mililiters. One gallon equals 3,785 ml IMG 1720  Checking the pH of one gallon of water before adding fertilizer for documentation. IMG 1721  Checking the pH and of one gallon of water before adding fertilizer for documentation. At this point meter has not stabalized. IMG 1722  Checking the pH and of one gallon of water before adding fertilizer for documentation. At this point meter has stabalized at pH 7.82 IMG 1723  Preparing scale for calibrating.
IMG 1724  Calibrating scale to zero. IMG 1727  Calibrating scale to zero. IMG 1725  Preparing container to weigh fertilizer. IMG 1726  Doubling checking weight of fertilizeron on a mechanical scale for comparison purposes. IMG 1728  Calibrating scale and weighing phosphoric acid IMG 1729  Adding fertilizer to exactly one gallon of water
IMG 1731  Stiring the one gallon of water with potassium nitrate, ammonia nitrate, magnesium sulfate, calcium nitrate and phosphoric acid added. IMG 1733  Removing fertilizer solution to check total disolved solids in ppm with the DS meter. IMG 1734  Adding fertilizer solution to DS meter to check total disolved solids in ppm. IMG 1732  Checking the prepared solution with a pH meter.