Environmental control systems for mist propagation of cuttings

Robert Geneve, Richard Gates, Sergio Zolnier, Erin Wilkerson, Sharon Kester

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A dynamic misting control strategy for poinsettia cutting propagation was developed using a set point for canopy surface resistance to water loss. Evapotranspiration and canopy surface resistance from poinsettia cuttings was estimated using a modified Penman-Monteith equation. The model was developed from parameters obtained in carefully controlled growth chamber experiments and validated in greenhouse studies using computer controls. The system requires continual computer acquisition and control with inputs for air temperature, relative humidity and light irradiance. Mist events were activated when predicted evaporation reduced stored water in the canopy to below a threshold quantity. Compared to static mist control (5 sec every 10 min) there was a 38% reduction in misting using the evapotranspiration determined system. Method of control did not effect the number of roots per cutting, but there was an increase in overall root length and production of finer (less diameter) roots in cuttings misted based on the evapotranspiration model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationXXVI International Horticultural Congress
Subtitle of host publicationNursery Crops; Development, Evaluation, Production and Use
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789066054974
StatePublished - Jan 14 2004
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572


  • Euphorbia pulcherrima
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Poinsettia
  • Rooting
  • Vapor pressure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


Dive into the research topics of 'Environmental control systems for mist propagation of cuttings'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this