Tag Archive: Shiv Reddy

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 »

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 »

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 Read more about Water Release Curves of Common Growing Media Ingredients »

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 Read more about Sphagnum Peat and Root Diseases »

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 »

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 »

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 Read more about Sun Gro's Technical Specialists »