Your greenhouse temperatures and light levels are key factors in predicting that first open flower. To simplify the guesswork, and meet tight market shipping windows, PanAmerican Seed has partnered with university floriculture teams* on a new Smart Scheduling Tool.
Based on scientific research, the Smart Scheduling Tool can simplify your Kitchen Minis planning. Choose from the list of researched crops below to begin planning your smartest season yet. Provide Temperature and Daily Light Integrals (DLI) to pinpoint weeks-to-flower data and help you grow and ship successfully.
Further information about DLI can be found at these and other websites:
Measuring Daily Light Integral in a Greenhouse - Purdue University
Daily Light Integral (DLI) Maps - Michigan State University
*Weeks to finish are from transplant to first open flower using a three-week-old plug and from direct-sow for cucumbers.
Temperature range limited to 64 to 79 °F (18 to 26 °C) and DLI range limited to 8 to 17 mol∙m–2∙d–1.
DLI values above 17 mol/day have little or no effect on time to finish.
The plugs and finish plants were grown under a 16-hour photoperiod. Finishing may be delayed if grown under shorter photoperiods.
Three-week-old 128-cell plugs were transplanted into 4"/10cm pots (Taquito) or 6"/15.24cm pots (all remaining varieties). Cucumber seed were directly sown into pots.
* Kitchen Minis data provided by a collaboration with the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas: Dr. Ryan Dickson, Morgan Humphrey, and Leala Machesney, along with Dr. Sonali Padhye and Felicia Vandervelde of PanAmerican Seed.