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Sulfur On Tap

Map of USA showing sulfur levels in US Water Sources

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

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Time to Say Sí to Silicon — the Missing Element in Soilless Growing Mixes

Read everything that you need to know about horticultural silicon with this grower to Sun Gro technical specialist Q&A. Horticultural silicon is a water-soluble element that’s readily available to plants. I’ve been hearing about silicon in plants and want to discuss the subject. Isn’t silicon ubiquitous? True, silicon is the second most abundant element in… View Article

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Water Release Curves of Common Growing Media Ingredients

Water release curves are used by soil scientists to understand how soils or growing media “hold” and “give up” water. Growing media can hold and “release” water differently depending on the type and percentage of ingredients used in the mix. This information, taken together with E-values, can enhance our customers knowledge to make better judgments on what type of growing media will suit their particular operation. –Shiv Reddy Read More in… View Article

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Sphagnum Peat and Root Diseases

Diseases are becoming increasingly important in the production of ornamental crops due to restrictions on not only the use of chemicals but also the movement of diseased plants across borders. Growers are always seeking safer practices for controlling plant diseases. In this context, I present information to help growers better understand biological properties of peat… View Article

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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

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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

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Sun Gro's Technical Specialists

Read More in The Sun Gro’er Issue 1/1 (2003) Sun Gro has seven main Technical Specialists, three in the West and two each in the Central and East regions. Their duties include Quality Control (QC) work with specific plants, along with providing technical support for specific sections of their region. Technical support includes work with complaint handling, training and custom blends. These are also the Sun Gro staffers who will be providing… View Article

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