Air Porosity and Water-Holding Ability of Media Components

Soilless Media Mixes By Marla Faver, Sun Gro Technical Specialist Most soilless growing media are composed of multiple components with distinct physical properties that fit together to form pore spaces of various sizes. Coarse particles create larger pores (macropores) that maintain air spaces and facilitate drainage, while fine particles create smaller pores (micropores) that hold available (and unavailable)… View Article Read more about Air Porosity and Water-Holding Ability of Media Components »

Sulfur On Tap

By Shiv K. Reddy – A recent study shows that irrigation water sources across the U.S. rarely provide sufficient sulfur for greenhouse plants. We searched our lab database, which contains analyses of water samples from all across the U.S, and created a map that represents results from the most comprehensive survey to date on sulfur… View Article Read more about Sulfur On Tap »

Trends in Media Mixes

A Q&A on trends in media mixes, with Sun Gro’s Dan Jacques, Technical Services, and Kathryn Louis, Research & Regulatory Services –    What can you tell me about Sun Gro’s media mixes and components products for greenhouse growers? Sun Gro is the largest supplier of professional growing media in North America.  We also are the… View Article Read more about Trends in Media Mixes »

The Sun Gro Silicon Story

By Janet F.M. Rippy, Ph.D. Researcher, Sun Gro Horticulture Distribution, Inc. – While silicon (Si) is not yet considered to be an essential nutrient for most plants, it has been utilized for years in agriculture because of its many, well-documented benefits to plants. Si enters plant roots as silicic acid. Once inside the plant, it travels rapidly… View Article Read more about The Sun Gro Silicon Story »

Boost Retail Sales with Resilience® Enhanced Mixes!

Sun Gro Horticulture® is proud to introduce RESiLIENCE®, mixes enhanced with silicon.  Available in select Black Gold®, Fafard®, Sunshine® and Sunshine Advanced® premium potting soils. Resilience is Sun Gro’s brand name for growing mixes enriched with beneficial silicon—a patented technology developed by the company’s own research horticulturists. These enhanced potting mixes offer IGC retailers, growers,… View Article Read more about Boost Retail Sales with Resilience® Enhanced Mixes! »

Time to Say Sí to Silicon — And Bring Back the Missing Element in Soilless Growing

By Shiv Reddy   Silicon potting mix was one of the new products developed in the 1990s at the then Sun Gro R&D facility in Warwick (New York). Dr Shiv Reddy, along with the late Dr Paul King, developed and patented a novel soilless growing media that includes silicon. Dr Todd Cavins, who had researched… View Article Read more about Time to Say Sí to Silicon — And Bring Back the Missing Element in Soilless Growing »