Plug & Cutting
Conference 2022

Start seeding smarter solutions for better performance.

September 19 - 21, 2022
Westin Westminster
Denver, CO

Plug & Cutting Conference

The road to better performance starts at the AmericanHort Plug & Cutting Conference 2022. As the premier event for young plant producers and growers from across the country, this conference is the place to learn the newest and best strategies, technologies, and techniques in the world of plugs and cuttings.

Grower-Focused Education

Join expert speakers to dive deep on topics like best management practices, production inputs, disease & insects, greenhouse grown hemp, and grower basics.

Hands-On Workshop

Take a trip to Tagawa Greenhouse for this hands-on workshop, designed for head growers looking to train a team and perfect their skills.

Industry Production Tours

We’re taking learning outside of the classroom and getting up-close and personal with companies who are changing the growing game.

Connection-Building Trade Show

The trade show is your opportunity to meet the businesses that can help you solve even your hardest plug and cutting questions and set you up for success.

Professional Development + Production Tour + In-Depth Workshop

The Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 is a unique educational experience that focuses on best practices in young plant production that highlights cutting edge research, a hands-on workshop, and a tour that immerses attendees into the world of cutting-edge technology and growing practices. The AmericanHort Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 has been recognized as the leading educational opportunity for advancing and experience growers. You will not want to miss it!

Plug & Cutting Conference Registration & Pricing

Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 Registration includes access to all education sessions, trade show, networking events, breakfast, and lunch.

Premium Member Pricing

$495

Includes access to the Trade Show, Education Sessions & Networking Events

Member Pricing

$595

Includes access to the Trade Show, Education Sessions & Networking Events

Non-Member Pricing

$795

Includes access to the Trade Show, Education Sessions & Networking Events

Plug & Cutting Conference Registration & Pricing

Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 Registration includes access to all education sessions, trade show, networking events, breakfast, and lunch.

Premium Member Pricing

$495

Includes access to the Trade Show, Education Sessions & Networking Events

Member Pricing

$595

Includes access to the Trade Show, Education Sessions & Networking Events

Non-Member Pricing

$795

Includes access to the Trade Show, Education Sessions & Networking Events

Industry Production Tours

$195

Stops include Welby Gardens, Brown’s Greenhouse, Tagawa Greenhouse, and Botany Lane

Everything You Need To Know About BioControls

$125

This half-day session will be broken into chapters, each covering information that will grow your IPM skillset and help you produce a high-quality crop more efficiently and effectively.

Back2Basics Workshop​

Practical Skills for Growers

$125

During this half-day program, industry leaders will also share practical tools in training your new grower teams to ensure a smoother training program back home in your operations.

Industry Production Tours

$195

Stops include Welby Gardens, Brown’s Greenhouse, Tagawa Greenhouse, and Botany Lane

Everything You Need To Know About BioControls

$125

This half-day session will be broken into chapters, each covering information that will grow your IPM skillset and help you produce a high-quality crop more efficiently and effectively.

Back2Basics Workshop​

Practical Skills for Growers

$125

During this half-day program, industry leaders will also share practical tools in training your new grower teams to ensure a smoother training program back home in your operations.

Plug & Cutting Conference 2022
Education – Sessions, Tour, & Workshop

Grower-Focused Education

The Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 has been recognized for years as the leading educational opportunity for advancing and experienced growers. With extremely relevant, in-depth education on a variety of topics relating to plug and cutting production, growers are sure to come away with a fresh arsenal of best practices and ideas to keep your facilities running both smoothly and profitably.

Join expert speakers and industry-leading growers to dive deep on topics like best management practices, production inputs, training your grower teams, risk management, greenhouse grown hemp, and more. Learn from renowned experts on these topics and how they can relate to your operation.

Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 takes a peer-based approach to learning, encouraging attendees to collaborate with speakers to take key takeaways to the next level, and grower-lead panels bring best practices to real-life situations.

Best Management Practices

Dive deep into crop-specific propagation techniques. You’ll learn tips and tricks to set you up for success with seeding, cuttings, tissue cultures, and more for your most popular crops.

Production Inputs

Costs for supplies and production inputs continue to rise. Learning how to optimize these factors can save time, money, and resources. Sit down with industry peers to understand the necessary inputs for growing effectively that may help you grow better plants while using less.

Risk Management

Over the last few years, we have become familiar with the concept of risk in our businesses. This series of education sessions will focus on the business aspects of your operation, including pricing best practices, insurance program updates, shipping logistics, quality control, and more.

Best Management Practices

Dive deep into crop-specific propagation techniques. You’ll learn tips and tricks to set you up for success with seeding, cuttings, tissue cultures, and more for your most popular crops.

Production Inputs

Costs for supplies and production inputs continue to rise. Learning how to optimize these factors can save time, money, and resources. Sit down with industry peers to understand the necessary inputs for growing effectively that may help you grow better plants while using less.

Risk Management

Over the last few years, we have become familiar with the concept of risk in our businesses. This series of education sessions will focus on the business aspects of your operation, including pricing best practices, insurance program updates, shipping logistics, quality control, and more.

D.I.G. - Disease, Insect, Growth Regulators

Take a comprehensive look into planning for a variety of D.I.G. related topics, such as biocontrols, IPM, and disease management. You’ll also get updates on key industry challenges, such as the newly emerging Chili Pepper Mild Mottle Virus (CPMMoV) disease on calibrachoa.

Back2Basics

Whether you are new to the business or an experienced grower, this series of educational sessions provides practical skill sets for growing effectively.  We’ll go in-depth on vital skills for growers with research-based information that you can use to develop your own skills or prepare to train your team.

D.I.G. - Disease, Insect, Growth Regulators

Take a comprehensive look into planning for a variety of D.I.G. related topics, such as biocontrols, IPM, and disease management. You’ll also get updates on key industry challenges, such as the newly emerging Chili Pepper Mild Mottle Virus (CPMMoV) disease on calibrachoa.

Back2Basics

Whether you are new to the business or an experienced grower, this series of educational sessions provides practical skill sets for growing effectively.  We’ll go in-depth on vital skills for growers with research-based information that you can use to develop your own skills or prepare to train your team.

Pesticide Recertification Credits at Plug & Cutting Conference 2022

Several states have approved most, if not all, sessions as eligible for pesticide recertification credits. This is a continuous process, and we hope to continue adding states to this list. Please check back often to see if your state has approved any sessions for credits.

Industry Production Tours

Lunch & transportation included

Some of the best learning happens outside of a classroom. And getting up close and personal with the companies who are changing the way growing is happening can lead you straight to the better, smarter solutions faster than ever. We’re taking learning outside of the classroom and getting up-close and personal with companies who are leading the growing game.
At Plug & Cutting 2022, we are visiting four Colorado greenhouses – Botany Lane Greenhouse, Brown’s Greenhouse, Tagawa Greenhouse, Welby’s Gardens – to help you learn industry best practices for young plant production.

Botany Lane Greenhouse is a locally owned and operated wholesale grower of top-quality premium plants and flowers with three facilities, two in Texas, and one in Colorado. With more than 100 employees, Botany Lane is a top 100 grower in the United States and has a total of 835,000 square feet of environmentally controlled growing across all facilities. The Colorado facilities are where most propagation work takes place as they grow and propagate plants in liners and finished sizes, including annuals, perennials, succulents, herbs & veggies, and tropical flowering and foliage. Botany Lane focuses on supplying Independent Garden Centers and prides themselves on focusing on unique plants to accentuate their “boutique” approach to plant offerings. Botany Lane is a certified sustainable greenhouse through the Veriflora® program and meets the highest levels of performance under three recognized pillars of sustainability: environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic stability. Visit their 300,000 square foot facility in Denver and learn how they have streamlined production for greater efficiency while maintaining healthy, safe, and fair working conditions, protecting soil and water resources, demonstrating responsible agrochemical use, energy efficiency, climate impact reduction, ecosystem protection, product quality and community engagement. During the tour you will see propagation of tropical flowering plants, foliage plants and stock production.

Brown’s Greenhouse – is a premier wholesale grower of annuals, perennials, and vegetables offering innovative varieties that draw customers back year after year. Brown’s Greenhouse, recently renamed and soon to be known as “Blooma Farms”, was established more than 30 years ago and produces crops in five locations. The Blooma Farms team strives to grow exceptional and hardy plants and to stay ahead of garden “trends”. On the tour you will learn more about their new line of business using the Ball Webtrack® system for young plant sales, under Blooma Farm’s sister company Rocky Mountain Liners. Brown’s/Blooma takes pride in servicing independent retailers throughout the front range and Rocky Mountain Corridor, and it places great importance on customer relationships, providing excellent customer service. They are one of the few growers who still offer 50 cell trays, and the team continually seeks to find unique niche plants to create excitement in the garden. With a commitment to urban gardening, another sister company, Plum Creek Garden Market opens seasonal pop-up retail operations around the Denver metro area, including Boulder, to reach more customers. During this tour stop you will visit Blooma’s latest expansion featuring a greenhouse with an automated pulley system to improve order picking operations.

Tagawa Greenhouses is proud to be one of the largest greenhouse operations in North America, growing more than two million square feet of plants at any given time, and is known to be a top plant producer. They originated as a carnation greenhouse and later expanded into growing bedding plants and roses, and then blooming plants, poinsettias, and young plant production. Their InColor Retail-Ready plants can be found in big box garden centers, like Costco and Home Depot, and grocery chains like Safeway throughout Colorado and the surrounding region. Tagawa offers multiple tray sizes of 50, 102 and 200, to name a few. Their PowerStarts™ program uses the top breeders in the industry and is known for producing consistent quality. They place a strong focus on efficiency and work to maximize space for better freight rates and take considerable pride in their extensive truck delivery network to service all North America. During the tour you will visit stations focused on seeding, collation, and pansy plug production.

Welby Gardens is a fourth-generation family-owned greenhouse and garden retail operation, and the exclusive grower of Hardy Boy Plants. With ten acres of greenhouse and 2.5 acres of hoop houses, Welby Gardens offers annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, and organic herbs & vegetables. Their plants are sold to independent garden centers and landscapers with a focus on the high-end market. On the tour you will learn about their proprietary 4-pack tray program that is color coded based on pricing, their approach to managing seasonality and product mix, the changes they have experienced in recent years to improve efficiency and their bottom line, and their 20-year expertise in growing young plants. Learn how Welby Gardens developed a hexagon pot to improve shipping efficiencies and about their cross-dock partnership program with Tagawa Greenhouse. You will see their shipping in action and their transplanter equipment in operation.

 

Other facts to include:  [GU1]

 

  1. Monday is their shipping day so we will see that process in action.
  2. Transplanter machines will also be in operation at that time.
  3. Their young plant production is increasing 5-8% annually.
  4. 7 acres of GH production and 2.5 of hoop houses outdoors.

 

Is 5-8% annually a good stat? To me it seems small.  [MC2]

Everything You Need to Know About BioControls

Half-Day Workshop

Managing pests in the greenhouse goes beyond just spraying and releasing beneficials. There are many techniques that can improve your program.
In this popular workshop, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans of Buglady Consulting will get down to ground-level with applied lessons you can put to work in your operation immediately. Popular crops discussed will include poinsettias, petunias, greenhouse grown hemp, and more.

This half-day session will be broken into chapters, each covering information that will grow your IPM skillset and help you produce a high-quality crop more efficiently and effectively.

Back2Basics Workshop

Practical Skills for Growers

Half-Day Workshop

Greenhouse growers wear many hats in order to be successful at their job. This hands-on Back2Basics workshop, held at Tagawa Greenhouse, will cover practical skills essential to being an effective grower.
Stations will be set up to help attendees learn best practices and perfect skills crucial to growing a healthy young-plant crop. This is an ideal opportunity to learn from industry experts as participants – ask in-depth questions while refining your skills in these important growing functions.  This half-day workshop is packed with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you be a more confident grower. 
Already a confident grower and looking to find tools to prepare and train your team? During this program, industry leaders will also share practical tools in training your new grower teams to ensure a smoother training program back home in your operations.
After the workshop, be sure to check out the series of Back2Basics education sessions available at Plug & Cutting. We’ll bring back our workshop trainers and dive even deeper into best management and growing practices for young plant production.

Schedule

Monday, September 19​

– Experiential Greenhouse Production Tour

– Everything You Need to Know About BioControls Workshop

– Back2Basics Workshop: Practical Skills for Growers

Tuesday, September 20

– Trade Show Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM

– Education Sessions

Wednesday, September 21

– Trade Show Hours: 8 AM – 1 PM

– Education Sessions

Monday, September 19​

– Experiential Greenhouse Production Tour

– Everything You Need to Know About BioControls Workshop

– Back2Basics Workshop: Practical Skills for Growers

Tuesday, September 20

– Trade Show Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM

– Education Sessions

Wednesday, September 21

– Trade Show Hours: 8 AM – 1 PM

– Education Sessions

Plug & Cutting Conference 2022
Hotel & Travel

Westin Westminster

10600 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CO 80020

(303) 410-5000 or (800) 627-8448

AmericanHort has secured special rates for your hotel stay. If you’d like to take advantage of these exclusive rates, you must make reservations with the hotel by August 29, 2022.

Room Rates

$159

Plus Tax

Transportation from Airport to the Hotel

The Westin Westminster is located approximately 30 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN). The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle, but there are numerous ground transportation options available at Denver International Airport. The Ground Transportation Information Counter is located in the central area on Level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal.

Dining &
Things To Do

The Westminster Promenade is across the street from the hotel and offers a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues, including a 24-screen movie theater, a state-of-the-art bowling center, and a world-renowned insect zoo!

Room Rates

$159

Plus Tax

Transportation from Airport to the Hotel

The Westin Westminster is located approximately 30 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN). The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle, but there are numerous ground transportation options available at Denver International Airport. The Ground Transportation Information Counter is located in the central area on Level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal.

Dining &
Things To Do

The Westminster Promenade is across the street from the hotel and offers a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues, including a 24-screen movie theater, a state-of-the-art bowling center, and a world-renowned insect zoo!

Exhibit at Plug & Cutting Conference 2022

Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 is a unique conference that offers a renowned education lineup combined with a world-class tour and a hands-on workshop — making this the conference your company needs to be at.
Exhibit Booth Application coming soon!
If you are interested in Exhibiting, please contact Cindy Lee at CindyL@AmericanHort.org or (614) 884-1145

Seeding Relationships

Grow your network. Grow your customer base. Grow your company. The Plug & Cutting Conference 2022 is your opportunity to gain exposure to hundreds of growers from across the nation.

What's Included?

  • 8′ x 10′ booth space, back and side wall drape
  • (1) 8′ table, 2 chairs, and a wastebasket
  • Booth identification sign with booth number and exhibiting company name
  • Two complimentary session passes for booth personnel or customers
  • Electronic list of eligible attendee leads (after the event)

Sponsorship Opportunities

Connect with both current and potential customers beyond your exhibit space with sponsorship opportunities at Plug & Cutting Conference 2022. Solidify your company brand and products during and after the event.

Give us a call to discuss sponsorship options that creatively focus on your product or service!

Contact Cindy Lee at CindyL@AmericanHort.org or (614) 884-1145.

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