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Plug & Cutting 2019



Start seeding smarter solutions for better performance in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Plug & Cutting 2019


September 4 - 6, 2019

Embassy Suites
Charlotte-Concord, North Carolina
The road to better performance starts at AmericanHort’s Plug & Cutting Conference. As the 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.


Professional Development + Production Tour + In-Depth Workshop


Registration Includes access to trade show and networking events.


Member Price $ 475 00
Non-Member Price $ 625 00
  • Conference
  • Trade Show
  • Networking Events


Member Price $ 275 00
Non-Member Price $ 425 00
  • Conference
  • Trade Show
  • Networking Events

Production Tour

Member Price $ 175 00
Non-Member Price $ 175 00
  • Metrolina Greenhouses
  • Rockwell Farms

BIOcontrols for propagators Workshop

Member Price $ 175 00
Non-Member Price $ 175 00
  • Presented by
    Suzanne Wainwright-Evans


Education And Tour


Wednesday Thursday Friday

Tour: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Workshop: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Welcome & State of the Industry Keynote: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Education: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Education: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
plug & cutting 2019 | the conference

The Plug & Cutting Conference 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.
There are four key tracks at this year's conference:

  1. Plug & Cutting Principles
  2. Problem Management
  3. Production Input
  4. Technician (Presented in Spanish)

Don't miss these highlights from the tracks:

Plug & Cutting Principles
Success with Cuttings: From Cutting Arrival to Stage 4 of Propagation
Roberto Lopez, Ph.D, and Jason Twaddle

Learn how to improve your rooting success with annual and perennial cuttings with a better understanding of the ins and outs and common mistakes during rooting stages 0-4; from cutting arrival, storage, and handling to rooting, callusing, and toning.
See all Plug & Cutting Principles Sessions

Problem Management
Seedborne Problems in Annuals
Margery Daughtrey, Ph.D

Focusing on diseases known to have been introduced on seed in the past so that you can be alert to them while you are producing bedding plants. This talk will discuss fungal problems like Alternaria leaf spot, bacterial problems caused by Xanthomonas strains, and even viruses like Tobacco ringspot virus. Anticipation and prompt recognition are some of your best defenses against these otherwise surprise invaders. 
See all Problem Management Sessions

Technician Track
(Presented in Spanish)

Nutrition and Water Management in Propagation
Rosa Raudaules, Ph.D

Learn how to select the correct fertilizer and dosage for propagation along with an overview of nutrient level monitoring in containers for prevention and correction of nutrient disorders. Also learn about water quality monitoring and management, from both technical and financial consideration standpoints.
See all Technician Sessions
Production Input
Solving Nutrient Management Puzzles
Kimberly Williams

Do you like solving puzzles? Join this session to try your hand at solving some nutrient management case studies taken from Solreal-world experiences. It’s a great opportunity to test your understanding of how to use water quality reports, press extraction results, and crop tissue analyses to diagnose nutritional disorders.

See all Production Input Sessions

Learn from renowned experts on these topics and how they can relate to your operation. 

Click here to explore all of the sessions offered


Don't miss the exclusively Spanish session options:

Click here to see Spanish sessions


Pesticide Recertification Credits

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.


Plug & Cutting 2019 | production tour

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.

At Plug & Cutting 2019, we’re visiting two diverse and unique North Carolina greenhouses - Metrolina Greenhouses and Rockwell Farms.

Metrolina Greenhouses
Metrolina Greenhouses is a family-owned wholesale plant and services company. They are the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the United States with 162 acres under roof. In addition, they have approximately 15 acres of outdoor growing space (and still expanding!). Metrolina Greenhouses is one of the most automated greenhouses in the country using internally designed machines like automatic plant transplanters and mechanical shipping belts.

Rockwell Farms
Rockwell Farms is a family-owned and operated commercial greenhouse. With 36 acres of environmentally controlled greenhouse space, they are ranked the 45th largest grower in the United States and have been recognized by Greenhouse Grower Magazine as a Top 100 Grower in the United States. Rockwell Farms is a member of MPS, an environmental sustainability program for greenhouse growers, and has improved their environmental footprint by monitoring and reducing their use of water, energy, fertilizers, and crop protection agents.

Please Note: The PRODUCTION TOUR IS SOLD OUT: To be added to the waiting list for this tour, please contact Amanda Holton at


Biocontrols for Propagators Workshop

Growers have learned that to grow a clean crop you have to start from the very beginning. This means deploying your biocontrol agents in the propagation stage. Attendees will learn what biocontrol agents can be used in young plants, what pests they control and learn firsthand how to apply them. Appropriate release techniques will be demonstrated. Packaging and storage of biocontrol agents will also be covered. (This session may qualify for Pesticide Re-certification)

Presented by Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

Register Now for Plug & Cutting 2019

Embassy Suites

5400 John Q Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027
704-455-8200 or 800-362-2779

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 14, 2019.

Room rates: $162 plus tax

Reserve your hotel room now

Transportation from Airport to the Hotel
The Embassy Suites is located 20.4 miles from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) and 3.8 miles from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport.
Transportation options:
  • Taxi
  • Uber
  • Car rental - AmericanHort members can save up to 10% on a Hertz car rental
Dining, things to do
There are plenty of excellent dining options throughout Charlotte and many local attractions to keep yourself busy during downtime.



Exhibit at Plug & Cutting 2019

Please note: Exhibit space for Plug & Cutting is now SOLD OUT. To place your name on our waiting list or inquire about future events, please contact Elizabeth Williamson at or 614-884-1204
Plug & Cutting 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.
Seeding Relationships
Grow your network. Grow your customer base. Grow your company. The Plug & Cutting Conference is your opportunity to gain exposure to hundreds of growers from across the nation.

Reserve Exhibit Space   Download the 2019 Plug & Cutting Service Kit


 What's Included?

  • 8' x 10' booth space, back and side wall drape
  • (1) 8' table, 2 chairs, and a wastebasket
  • 6" x 18" booth identification sticker with booth number and exhibiting company name placed on the floor in front of the booth
  • Two complimentary session passes for both personnel or customers
  • Electronic list of elegible attendee leads (after the event)
Sponsorship opportunities
Connect with both current and potential customers outside your exhibit space through sponsorship. It not only helps make the initial introduction, but it also helps solidify your company and product in customers' minds after they leave the event. Give us a call, and we can discuss standard sponsorship options or tailor an entirely new opportunity that creatively focuses on your product or service!
Contact Elizabeth Williamson at or 614-884-1204 to secure an opportunity today.


Register Now for Plug & Cutting 2019


Register Now for Plug & Cutting 2019