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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Cheryl Boyer

Boyer, CherylAssociate Professor of Nursery Crops
Office: 3601 Throckmorton
785-532-5780 fax

Area(s) of Specialization:
Alternative Substrates, New Media Technologies for Garden Center Marketing (Social Media), Nursery Crop Production, Woody Plants


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Bio Brief

Twitter: @cherylboyer

Sustainable Potting Materials Research: www.sustainablesubstrates.com

Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities: www.kansasgreenyards.org

NurseryWorks: A Conference for Nursery Growers and Retail Garden Centers

Twitter: @Nursery_Works
Facebook: NurseryWorks

Raised in the town of a certain Big XII rival in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dr. Cheryl Boyer leads the Department’s extension programming for nursery crops. She spent her undergraduate years at Oklahoma State University studying Landscape Architecture. She then obtained her M.S. at OSU and went on to Auburn University in Alabama for her Ph.D.

Currently, Boyer has a 75% extension and 25% research appointment, and she co-teaches the course Nursery Management. Boyer is the first faculty member to hold her position at K-State, and she is eager to help increase the size of the nursery industry in Kansas. This industry is her focus for both her extension and research responsibilities. She serves the growers in Kansas as well as county horticulture extension agents through service to their Master Gardener educational programs. Her position allows Boyer to travel across the state and do what she loves most: helping people meet their business goals and solve production problems, or teaching consumers about landscaping and woody plants.


B.S. Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University, 2003
M.S. Horticulture, Oklahoma State University, 2005
Ph.D. Horticulture, Auburn University, 2008

Area of Emphasis

Dr. Boyer’s research focusing on grower needs and interests of the ornamental nursery industry includes production issues in both container-grown and field-grown crops. Current studies consist of exploring alternative, sustainable potting materials (substrates) made from local tree species for container-grown plants.


Carmichael, T.R., C.R. Boyer, J.J. Griffin, S.L. Warren, and C.C. Lavis. 2014. Production and landscape establishment of nursery crops in eastern redcedar-amended substrates. J. Environ. Hort. 32: 77-83.

Pool, J.R., J.J. Griffin, C.R. Boyer and S.L Warren. 2013. Short-term recurring drought affects growth and photosynthetic capacity of four conifer species. J. Environ. Hort. 31:39-42.

Starr, Z.W., C.R. Boyer and J.J. Griffin. 2012. Vegetative propagation of herbaceous and woody crops in an Eastern Redcedar substrate. J. Environ. Hort. (In Preparation).

Starr, Z.W., C.R. Boyer, and K.A. Williams. 2012. Eastern redcedar as a substrate component for production of the annual bedding plant crops petunia, New Guinea impatiens, and vinca. HortTechnology (In Preparation).

Starr, Z.W., C.R. Boyer, and J.J. Griffin. 2013. Post harvest processing of eastern redcedar and hedge-apple substrates affect nursery crop growth. J. Environ. Hort. (In Press)

Starr, Z.W., C.R. Boyer, and J.J. Griffin. 2012. Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) as a substrate component effects growth of three tree species. J. Environ. Hort. 30:189-194.

Pool, J., J.J. Griffin, C.R. Boyer and S.L. Warren. 2012. Establishment and growth of transplanted conifers in the Southern Great Plains. J. Environ. Hort. 30:214-218.

Boyer, C.R., T.V. Gallagher, C.H. Gilliam, G.B. Fain, H.A. Torbert, and J.L. Sibley. 2012.  Description of clean chip residual forest harvest and its availability for horticultural uses in the southeastern United States. HortTechnology 22:381-387.

Boyer, C.R., H.A. Torbert, C.H. Gilliam, G.B. Fain, T.V. Gallagher, and J.L. Sibley. 2012.  Nitrogen immobilization in plant growth substrates: Clean chip residual, pine bark, and peatmoss. Intl. J. Agron. <http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ija/2012/978528/>