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, and consumers big benefits! In numerous trials, plants grown in Resilience mixes show increased stem diameter, improved root growth, increased drought tolerance and even earlier flowering — saving retailers and growers time, money and worry while providing consumers with a better product. Plants even recover better from less-than-perfect watering, which gives them a longer shelf life.
“This is a major horticultural breakthrough,” says Chris Bednar, Sun Gro’s COO.
“Growers can now deliver stronger, more vigorous, longer-lasting plants – from the greenhouse to retail to consumer gardens. This will increase sales and reduce plant losses for our growers and garden retailers.”
What are the benefits of Resilience-enhanced mixes?
Time and time again, research at Universities, in commercial grower trials and at the Sun Gro Discovery Center, supports significant and dramatic positive results. Trials have shown that plants grown in silicon-enriched mixes have the following advantages:
- 40% BETTER ROOT GROWTH for increased nutrient uptake and support
- 12% INCREASED STEM DIAMETER for stronger plants and reduced breakage
- 77% LONGER TIME BEFORE WILT for increased shelf life
- 13% EARLIER FLOWERING for more attractive plants, faster
Do Resilience-enhanced mixes benefit all crops?
Research included collection of week-by-week growth data of over 40 commercially important annuals, perennials, and vegetables in finished production, from transplant through “post harvest” dry down. Resilience mixes were also trialed in plug production systems. Tests were conducted using Sun Gro’s Sunshine®, Fafard® and Metro Mix® professional lines of peat-based and bark-based growing and propagation mixes, which contain the same ingredients used in its retail brands.
According to Janet Rippy, Ph.D., lead researcher of the Resilience program at the Sun Gro Discovery Center, “results may vary by species, growing conditions and grower practices; but after extensive research and trialing, we are confident that RESiLIENCE® mixes benefit plant growth in numerous commercially important horticultural crops.”
The research is ongoing, but as we learn more, the benefits become increasingly clear. Silicon can and should become an integral part of soilless growing technology to allow plants to grow more naturally and resiliently in any containerized growing environment.
How do Resilience-enhanced mixes work?
Plants absorb the easy-to-access RESiLIENCE® silicon where it becomes part of the roots, shoots and leaves to improve organic strength. It essentially provides reinforcement to make plants tougher and more resilient, which helps them cope better with environmental stresses. Stronger stems mean plants are more durable and wind resistant, and silicon-fortified foliage helps plants resist drought.
See the Resilience difference!
The results have been so impressive, we believe RESiLIENCE® silicon-enriched growing mixes will become the new standard for growers and gardeners. Why? Because consumers will see the results. When they use Black Gold®, Fafard®, Sunshine® and /or Sunshine Advanced® quality potting mixes enriched with RESiLIENCE®, their plants will be stronger, last longer, and recover more quickly from infrequent or inconsistent watering. Try RESiLIENCE® and see the difference!
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