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Plug & Cutting 2018


Out of an abundance of caution for our members, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers and out of great respect for the people of North Carolina whose lives are to be disrupted by hurricane Florence, we are canceling the AmericanHort Plug & Cutting ‘18 Conference scheduled to begin next Monday September 17th in Charlotte, NC.

Communication has been sent directly to conference attendees, exhibitors and speakers with refund details. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office by email at or by phone at 614-487-1117


Start seeding smarter solutions for better performance in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Plug & Cutting 2018


September 17 - 19, 2018

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Charlotte, 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


Monday Tuesday Wednesday

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

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

Education: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
plug & cutting 2018 | 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 three key tracks at this year's conference:

  1. Plug & Cutting Principles
  2. Problem Management
  3. Production Input
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 2018 | 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 2018, 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 51st 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.

Tour registration is limited, so don't wait too long before you make the decision of whether it's worth it (hint: it is). 

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

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

555 South Mcdowel Street, South Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204

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 26, 2018.

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 26, 2018.


Room rates: $184 plus tax

Reserve your hotel room now


Transportation from Airport to the Hotel
The Sheraton Charlotte Hotel is conveniently located 7.5 miles from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT).
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.


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 form across the nation. Connect with old customers and meet new ones.
Contact Shanan Atkinson at or 614-884-1137 for information on exhibit space.

Click here for the exhibitor service kit.

Click here for the electrical request form.


Exhibitor Schedule:
Monday September 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Exhibitor Setup
Tuesday September 18, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Trade Show Open
Wednesday September 19, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Trade Show Open

Sponsorship opportunities
Connect with customers outside of your booth 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 opportunities or tailor an entirely new opportunity that creatively focuses on your product or service!
Contact Shanan Atkinson at or 614-884-1137 to discover new ways to connect with your customer.


Click here for a list of sponsorship opportunities.


Thank You to Our Sponsors