Sun Gro® Horticulture launches Black Bear™

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Sun Gro® Horticulture launches Black Bear™, a first-of-its-kind, climate-conscious potting mix now available in Texas, Washington and Idaho

Groundbreaking potting mix is formulated with carbon-rich biochar that contributes to carbon capture and environmental sustainability

AGAWAM, Mass.

Sun Gro® Horticulture, one of the most prominent North American horticultural companies with locations throughout the United States and Canada, recently launched its newest product, a climate-conscious potting mix called Sunshine® Black Bear™ Indoor & Outdoor Potting Mix. This groundbreaking gardening solution, now available* at Calloway’s Nursery stores in Texas and Fred Meyer stores in Washington and Idaho, is formulated with carbon-rich biochar that contributes to carbon capture and environmental sustainability.
“This new mix is not just a growing media; it’s a sustainable revolution,” said Bruce Adams, marketing director, Sun Gro. “Through the pyrolysis of wood that would otherwise contribute to atmospheric carbon, Black Bear™ Biochar stores carbon, creating an enduring, beneficial growing media aggregate, which is then combined with peat moss—a true innovation in the world of potting mixes.”

Black Bear™ Indoor & Outdoor Potting Mix is formulated with Black Bear™ carbon-rich biochar made from forest by-products. It is a sustainable alternative to perlite that promotes aeration and drainage. The Canadian Sphagnum peat moss in this product is made using responsible peatland management practices and principles and is certified under the Veriflora® Responsibly Managed Peatlands program. Sustainable peat moss harvesting practices prioritize ecosystem conservation by minimizing habitat disturbance.

The versatile formulation of Black Bear™ Potting Mix is tailored for indoor and outdoor containers, hanging baskets, window boxes and fabric pots, and is backed by successful outcomes with professional growers.

The Black Bear™ Biochar in each 1.5 cubic foot bag stores two pounds of carbon that would have been released into the atmosphere as 7.2 pounds of CO2 greenhouse gas. A 1.5 cubic foot bag of Black Bear™ Indoor & Outdoor Potting Mix stores the equivalent CO2 volume of 130 standard-size balloons or 400 hours of watching a 40-inch LED screen. A truckload stores the equivalent CO2 volume of driving 5,300 miles.

“Black Bear™ Indoor & Outdoor Potting Mix allows home gardeners, plant enthusiasts, professional growers and horticulturists the opportunity to plant with a cause,” said Adams. “It offers an eco-conscious option for those seeking sustainable gardening solutions.”

* As of this release date, pending approval, and not available in California, Oklahoma or Oregon

About Sun Gro® Horticulture

Sun Gro® Horticulture is one of the most prominent North American horticultural companies, employing over 800 staff and serving customers worldwide. Since its humble beginnings in 1929, it has become the leading supplier of soilless growing mixes to North America’s top greenhouse and nursery growers, shipping over 70,000 truckloads of product annually. Sun Gro products are made to exacting standards and conform to high product quality and performance criteria. Learn more at sungro.com.