, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 545–558

Reflection on reflection in action: a case study of growers conception of irrigation strategies in pot plant production

  • Beatrix W. Alsanius
  • Klara Löfkvist
  • Göran Kritz
  • Adrian Ratkic
Open Forum


A case study of growers conception of irrigation strategies indicates that pot plant growers in Scandinavia base their management approaches on experientially based art. The study also indicates that there is a gap between experientially based art and available greenhouse technology. In order to standardize production and produce quality, both the grower’s experience and available technology should be taken into account. In order to achieve this, the present study proposes to arrange reflection on reflection in action with a group of growers by means of the dialogue seminar method. The concept of reflection on reflection in action is novel to horticultural practice. Therefore, we suggest future inter- and multidisciplinary research within this domain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatrix W. Alsanius
    • 1
  • Klara Löfkvist
    • 1
    • 2
  • Göran Kritz
    • 1
  • Adrian Ratkic
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of HorticultureSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)AlnarpSweden
  2. 2.The Rural Economy and Agricultural SocietiesBjärredSweden
  3. 3.Department of Skill and TechnologySchool of Industrial Technology and Management, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden

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