Bedding Plant Production Tips

Bedding plants are the “main event” during the spring season. You might be thinking: “bedding plants…like spring crops?” Well, yeah. And planting time will come around before you know it. So, start thinking about how your going to make this year’s crop the best ever. Here are a few things to remember to do when producing your bedding beauties…  Read More in The… View Article Read more about Bedding Plant Production Tips »

Harmonizing Peat and Lime

Read More in The Sun Gro’er Issue 3/3 (2005) Growing media pH is a perennial subject of interest in our industry. One reason is that unlike mineral soils where plants grow naturally, peat mixes are not well buffered against pH changes. Another reason is that, again, unlike natural conditions where plants can grow more roots… View Article Read more about Harmonizing Peat and Lime »

How Using the Correct Soilless Media Will Help Your Success with Tissue Culture Propagation

Tissue culture (also called “in vitro culture” or “micro-propagation”) is one method of cloning plants that is becoming more and more common. In many ways, it is similar to clonal propagation by cuttings; in each method, part of the plant is removed from a stock plant and after a multiplication stage (in an enclosed, sterile… View Article Read more about How Using the Correct Soilless Media Will Help Your Success with Tissue Culture Propagation »

Using Multicote® to Supplement a Standard Fertilizer Program

Most greenhouse crops can effectively be grown with either a water soluble fertilizer regimen or through the use of controlled release fertilizers. In general, growers tend to use a water soluble program because they feel they have better control over fertilizer needs of the crop. (They can easily reduce or increase fertilizer as needed.) For many crops, such as bedding plants in standard… View Article Read more about Using Multicote® to Supplement a Standard Fertilizer Program »

Some Like it Hot…and Some Don’t

Here’s a question that comes up often when discussing growing media that contains composted materials, such as pine bark or peanut hulls. If these composts are so biologically active, what assurance does a grower have that some of that biological activity isn’t plant pathogenic? Growers may remember that in times past mixes containing mineral soil were routinely steam-sterilized to eliminate disease organisms, and the ‘rule… View Article Read more about Some Like it Hot…and Some Don’t »

Sun Gro Technical Seminars

Read More in The Sun Gro’er Issue 2/1 (2004) “Think as the technical person does, but speak as the grower does.” Technical presentations or seminars are one way to inform customers about growing media and fertilizers and how to use them properly. Nowadays distributors and growers are dealing with not only numerous diverse products, such as seeds, pots, tags, greenhouse coverings, chemicals,… View Article Read more about Sun Gro Technical Seminars »

Vegetative Propagation Basics

Read More in The Sun Gro’er Issue 2/1 (2004) With spring just around the corner and the recent introduction of the Sunshine Ellepot Propagation System, it seems like a good time to review the basic cultural requirements for successful vegetative propagation. The use of unrooted cuttings to produce annuals and herbaceous perennials is on the increase, partly because desirable species and cultivars from offshore production… View Article Read more about Vegetative Propagation Basics »

Root Zone Disease Management—Go Biological or Not?

Read More in The Sun Gro’er Issue 1/2 (2003) In recent months there has been a lot of hype in industry journals and trade shows about biological fungicides (BFs). The intention of this article is to provide some background information on these types of products and also to provide some guidance in determining if biological fungicides are right for you or… View Article Read more about Root Zone Disease Management—Go Biological or Not? »