Creekside Floral is a wholesale nursery located in the unique microclimate of Carpinteria, California. With over 43 years of experience, we produce quality Gerberas and Germinis year round. All of our products are grown hydroponically in state of the art greenhouses, which allows us to recycle our wastewater and gives us greater control over plant productivity by increasing our ability to monitor pH and nutrient levels.
By employing an integrated pest management program, we have significantly reduced the usage of chemicals. Once the natural enemies have been introduced, their work of controlling the pests will continue for several months. As a result, there is no longer a need to spray every week. By reducing our dependence on insecticides, we are also reducing the possibility of the pests developing a chemical resistance to the insecticides. In fact, it has been found that some pests are controlled more effectively by natural enemies than by pesticides.
EM, or effective microorganisms, is another tool we use to cut down on the application of chemicals and improve the quality of our plants. EM is a microbial inoculant, containing no chemical or genetically modified microorganisms. It is a mixture of different cultures of microbial species that are found naturally in the environment which improve soil conditions by stimulating the native microorganisms into working with the EM. The increase of microbial diversity in the soil results in an increase in the amount of organic matter available to the crops. When the soil quality improves, the quality of the crops also improves.