Buildings & Properties is a support unit for the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.
Welcome to the Geneva Greenhouses. Here are some of the basics to help you get started.
Cleaning Up: You are responsible for cleaning up after yourself. There is no custodial service. Trash goes in garbage cans, but plant waste and soil belong in the compost piles outside.
There are pot washing stations in the Barton head-house and the two Horticultural Science potting sheds. Materials from isolation houses HS107 and HS108 should be disinfected before they leave that isolation space and autoclaved.
Chemicals: The rules on the use of chemicals--even innocuous ones--are very strict.
Access to the buildings: Sprays are applied Tuesday at 4 pm and Friday at 3 pm. You have to leave the greenhouse until the next morning even if your material is not sprayed. The doors to the greenhouse are locked after business hours. See your department office for keys and after-hours procedures.
Do not enter other programs' growing spaces. Insects hitch a ride on clothes, so short visits can spread infestations. Also, others' experiments should not be disturbed.
Plant care: You are responsible for taking care of your plants. Only two plant-care services are normally provided by greenhouse staff: watering on the weekends and spraying pesticides. In Plant Pathology and Entomology, there are bins of common-use potting mix; in Hort Science they are bought by each program. You are expected to have an effective pest control plan and to water and fertilize your own plants. Generally you supply all materials, and each program has their own inventory.
The greenhouse staff manages facilities, such as temperature and lighting control.
The tap water is moderately saline. Fertilizer that is compatible with our water (Excel 15-5-15) is available from the Greenhouse Supervisor. Our tap water can injure sensitive perennials over the long term. There is deionized water in many houses as an alternative. Bear in mind that it is very expensive to make deionized water available. Use it when necessary but use it judiciously.