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AFE Educational Posters

AFE has two educational posters available to you free of charge! Learn more about each poster below and request your copy using the buttons. We’ll get this shipped to you within 5-7 days of your request.

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Thanks to generous industry donors, these resources can be provided for you free of charge, and can help your business grow. Consider making an annual contribution of any amount ($20, $50, $100) to AFE if you aren’t already to help us continue to develop more resources like these!

Free Care and Handling Poster

AFE has a free resource for your business encouraging best practices in flower care. The 16.5″ x 20.5″, laminated poster promotes results from AFE-funded research that stresses the three C’s – Cooling, Cleanliness, and Care – all essential factors to keeping flowers at their best!

“Having a bright, colorful poster on the wall in the shop is a great resource when onboarding new and seasonal employees,” says David Boulton of Flowers by George Inc. in Arlington, Washington. “It’s also a great reminder for our longtime employees to keep coolers cleaned and check the temperature regularly.”

Customers will be happier and more likely to return if you follow these simple guidelines backed up by AFE research.

Free Daily Light Integral (DLI) Map Poster

Daily Light Integral (DLI) maps display the ambient light delivered daily during each month across the entire U.S. These maps were researched and developed by James Faust of Clemson University and Joanne Logan of The University of Tennessee. They are unique because DLI is a measurement of light that is particularly valuable for estimating plant growth. Other solar radiation maps created for photovoltaic purposes, i.e., installing solar panels, are not directly applicable to horticultural applications.

Learn More about the Daily Light Integral Maps

According to Faust, the project leader, the DLI maps are valuable because they allow growers to better manage the light environment of their plants. “For example, one can estimate the number of days per year that supplemental lighting may be necessary to achieve the desired plant growth during winter months or how much shade cloth may be required to reduce the light intensity delivered to crops during the summer months,” says Faust.

The maps provide high-resolution data. For example, an individual data point for every 10 km2 across the U.S., from 21st-century data. GPN Magazine published the previous version of the maps in 2002. The editor said that this issue was the most requested one that they have ever had.

  • The lighting companies have placed copies of the maps on their website and regularly pass them along to customers.
  • Growers often post the maps on their office walls to remember the dramatic changes in DLI that occur month-to-month.
  • Educators have regularly used the maps to help to demonstrate the dynamic nature of horticultural light management to both growers and students.

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