News for the Horticulture Department

Purple TomatoesThe Purple Tomato FAQ

Learn more about this promising release from Oregon State University Department of Horticulture Plant Breeder Jim Myers.

New Varieties Showcase: Compact, colorful cultivars highlighted

The 2014 Farwest New Varieties Showcase will once again highlight the latest, most interesting new plant varieties.

This year’s showcase will bring attendees face-to-face with a sprawling, colorful display of annuals, perennials, shrubs, conifers and shade and flowering trees.

Read more in the Capital Press »

New nursery sprayer could be ‘game changer’

An “intelligent” sprayer that uses a laser sensor to determine where and what to spray has shown it can cut pesticide in half and greatly reduce drift.

Researchers estimate the technology can save growers $230 an acre annually on chemicals alone.

Read more in the Capital Press »

Hurry if you want to plant fall and winter vegetables: Gardening basics

When space becomes available after harvesting summer vegetables, keep those greens coming.

In mild parts of western Oregon and along most of the coast, it is possible to grow a succession of garden vegetables throughout most of the year. Gardeners can extend the season well into fall in many parts of the Pacific Northwest with a little knowledge and protection of their plants from the elements.

Read more in the Oregonian »

EM 9095, Evaluating compatibility of horticultural oils and sulfur with vineyard IPM

EM 9095, Evaluating compatibility of horticultural oils and sulfur with vineyard IPM
Authors: Angela Gadino, Vaughn Walton, Amy J. Dreves, Gregory V. Jones, and Linda Brewer
New August 2014, 3 pages, NC
https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/51431/em9095.pdf

Indigo Rose tomato shortlisted for Plant of the Year by the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show

Bred using genetic material from wild tomatoes, the antioxidant anthocyanin, believed to be beneficial to health, was found to be naturally present. Stunning black fruits ripen to purple. (Bred by Jim Myers – Oregon State University).

Read more at the Royal Horticultural Society »