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Published on Nov 16, 2016
Improve the Quality of Herbaceous Perennial Liners with Configure
By Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech
Liner production of herbaceous perennial plants is typically accomplished by rooting very small stem cuttings and growing those out for sale as rooted liners or for use in producing your own containerized crops.
This video describes the use of Configure (BA, Fine Americas, Inc.) to increase the branching of these liners to enhance the quality of the finished liner. Two spray applications of 300 to 600 ppm Configure are recommended with the first applied after cuttings are well rooted and the second at least 2 weeks later.
When Configure is used to enhance this branching, many of the new branches are in the basal part of the liner which protects them from being removed if plants are trimmed back prior to shipping or transplanting. Well-branched liners will reduce pot fill time after transplanting and in some crops result in finished plants that have more branches than untreated plants.
Joyce Latimer is an Extension Specialist for Greenhouse Crops at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Joyce has been evaluating plant growth regulators (PGRs) on herbaceous perennials for over 25 years. Her passion is improving plant quality and ease of production for producers while improving the quality of these plants for the home garden.