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Achieving such a feat as reaching the optimal result with a specific cannabis strain doesn’t happen just by chance. Science and technologies are essential to bringing the best out of the hidden power of your plant. Active ingredients, such as mycorrhizal fungi, are definitely part of the equation. Let me explain why.
Seed germination and young plant production starts with the right growing medium or substrate. It is important to have a substrate with good physical characteristics, such as air porosity and water holding capacity, however chemical characteristics are equally important.
Young plant production continues to be a growing segment of the horticulture industry. Over the last several years, many producers have moved from seed germination to cutting propagation.
PRO-MIX with active ingredients work together to enhance plant performance, quality and yield.
Germination and growing requirements for flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed can vary depending on the type of plant grown.
Mixing your own growing medium for organic crop culture can be quite a challenge. Learn more about the subject here.
Offers growers the benefits of plant protection from root diseases caused by specific root pathogens, plant growth enhancement from MYCORRHIZAE and insect suppression aimed at fungus gnats and thrips.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about different ways to produce peppers and what PRO-MIX growing media are best to grow peppers.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about one of PRO-MIX growing media components which is the vermiculite.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about one of PRO-MIX growing media components which is the perlite.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about one of PRO-MIX growing media components which is the coir.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about one of PRO-MIX growing media components which is the processed bark.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about the sphagnum peat moss ingredient used in our PRO-MIX professional growing media and its benefits for your crops.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel goes over the ideal PRO-MIX growing media to match your specific needs.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel goes over the ideal PRO-MIX growing media to match your specific needs.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about our OMRI-Listed PRO-MIX MP Organik Biofungicide + Mycorrhizae for the production of organic greenhouse crops.
Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about one of the active ingredients contained in our PRO-MIX growing media: MYCORRHIZAE.
A mixture of coarse and fine particles can be prejudicial for a substrate because the macropores will be filled by the fine particles, which reduces the air porosity of the growing medium.
Choosing the right substrate not only depends on the physical properties of the substrate, but also on the type of plants to be grown, the growing environment and the availability of the substrate.
When you see a picture of a harvested Canadian peat bog, it looks like any other field that is made up of mineral soil.
In Canada, peatlands cover 280 million acres (113.6 million hectares), or 13% of the land area of Canada.
Sphagnum peat moss as a component of horticultural growing media has been very important because of the unique properties of the sphagnum cells to hold and release water.
Poinsettias have a longer production cycle than most greenhouse crops, and also one of the smallest sales windows.
In Canada, there is an abundance of peatlands and producers follow "wise use" guidelines for the harvesting and preservation of peat bogs.
The vast majority of plant species used in urban horticulture will benefit from the presence of mycorrhizal fungi.
Young plants and flowering mums require lower fertilizer application rates (due to slower growth rates), while mums that are actively growing require higher fertilizer application rates.
In this article, we will discuss the rollercoaster ride of changing pH and soluble salt levels that justifies a “resting” period for organic growing media.
If you formulate an organic growing medium by adding starter organic fertilizers, the growing medium should not be used immediately.
Formulating a growing medium that works for organic growers can be a challenge depending on what a grower is looking for.
Formulating an organic growing medium for starting vegetable and herb seeds can be a challenge, depending on what a grower is looking for.
Most growers have seen yellowing in the new growth of their petunias, calibrachoa and other crops as listed in this article.
To limit the upward climb of your growing medium's pH, acid may need to be injected into your water to reduce excess alkalinity.
Root diseases can lead to considerable losses in crops, increased fungicide applications and reduced crop quality.
The pH of a growing medium increases or decreases depending on the fertilizer used, the crop grown, and the water alkalinity.
Our popular BIOFUNGICIDE* bacterium for the suppression of root diseases is now incorporated into PRO-MIX YP BIOFUNGICIDE*.
Often, the assumption is made that the pH of an unused, professionally manufactured growing medium in a compressed bale, loose-fill bag or tote will not change over time.
In this series on horticulture testing, we will discuss how to prepare the sample for testing and then how to test the pH and electrical conductivity (E.C.).
Epsom salt is used by many growers as a fertilizer supplement to provide magnesium and sulfate when they are low in the fertilizer solution.
Some believe that gypsum increases the pH of growing media as well as limestone. Why?
Testing water and fertilizer is important as they directly influence the pH and nutrient levels in the growing medium.
This article will focus on other types of sanitizing systems used for irrigation water, how they work and their advantages and disadvantages.
This article will focus on oxidizing agents used to sanitize greenhouse irrigation water.
We often think of water quality from the standpoint of chemical properties, such as alkalinity, mineral elements, pH, etc.
Sanitation is a key to restricting plant pathogen introduction and spread. In this first of a three part series on water sanitation, we will discuss the importance of knowing the biology of root rot pathogens.
The heat loss or gain in a greenhouse occurs as conduction, convection, radiation and infiltration.
The Anderson family, Chet, Kristy, and sons Chet and Nick, have run The Fresh Herb Company in Boulder County, Colorado, for over 30 years. Founded in 1983, the business began in a rented greenhouse and has since blossomed into one of the region’s premier ornamental operations.
Compaction changes the physical properties of the growing medium, defeating the purpose of having the proper growing medium for a particular crop or application. This article will cover the negative effects of growing medium compaction and how to avoid it.
PRO-MIX® CC40 MYCORRHIZAE™ is designed to be an outdoor growing medium for larger containers, perennials and nursery stock. It contains no perlite, giving the product a more natural, earthy look.
Organically produced herb and vegetable transplants represent an important commodity both for direct sales to consumers as well as for starter plants for organically grown field crops and potted greenhouse culture.
The avid gardener will tell you that the best soil amendment for vegetable gardens and flower beds is compost. Compost is an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter that can help in breaking-up heavy clay soils or improve water retention of sandy soils.
In the heart of Mexico’s automotive industry, there are two successful female entrepreneurs; Claudia Perez and Lupita Medina. They own Invernadero Tolentino in Villagran, Guanajuato, Mexico, a well known company for vegetable transplants in the Bajio, Mexico.
Use and benefits of vitamins, amino acids and seaweed in greenhouse crop production.
Biostimulants are becoming increasingly important in greenhouse and outdoor crop production. Many growers currently use living plant biostimulants, such as bacteria (e.g. Bacillus), fungi (e.g. mycorrhizae) and nematodes.
In the United States, when you think of places that experience drought conditions, often California and Texas come to mind. However, in the last 8 months many central and western states have experienced abnormally dry seasons causing drought conditions.
Having a high tech greenhouse gives the grower total control over environmental parameters including temperature, light, relative humidity and CO2 and also the root zone environment.
The three main attributes associated with plant stretch from fertilizer are: fertilizer application rate, nitrogen forms and phosphorus.
Purchasing water soluble fertilizer for your crops is not simply based on what is on sale or selecting a “geranium fertilizer” for your geraniums; it is based mostly on the quality of your water source.
Vegetables and herbs fertilization requirements are similar to bedding plants early in their crop cycle. However, as vegetable and herb plants progress from vegetative growth into flowering and fruit production, fertility rates and ratios change for each crop.
Watering techniques have a major influence on crop quality and several crop production concerns.
During the crop cycle, some growers may have experienced pH drift that can affect the quality of their plants. Improper growing medium pH can lead to plant chlorosis (yellowing tissue), distortion of growth or leaf necrosis (brown, dead tissue).
If you have a pH meter, how often should it be used? How do you use a pH meter? Calibrating the meter, preparing the sample and taking the measurement takes some time, but knowing the pH of the growing medium can help avoid crop problems.
As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. The cost of greenhouse sanitation is minimal in comparison to the costs associated with fixing problems, such as weeding and chemical pest control.
Growers may occasionally experience high pH problems with their growing media causing iron chlorosis in petunias and calibrachoa.
A good quality organic growing medium has the same basic components as conventional substrates: a balance of good air porosity, good, but not excessive, water retention, a source of plants nutrients for initial growth, and a pH adapted to plants’ needs.
Horticulture Specialist from our Grower Services team, Lance Lawson, explains why plant roots require both air and water to develop a healthy root system and grow properly.
This is the third and final part of a series discussing Premier Tech Horticulture’s efforts to restore harvested Sphagnum peat bogs to functioning ecosystems.
This second part of the three-part series will discuss harvesting of Sphagnum peat moss.
Sphagnum peat moss is one of the most important ingredients for soilless media, however many questions have been raised about it. Where does it come from? How much is there? How long will it last?
Premier Tech Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel gives some advices about the relationship between watering and root disease.
Horticulture specialist Ed Bloodnick presents PRO-MIX® CC40, a new generation of coir growing media. The unique structure of the coir found in CC40 provides an optimized growing environment for plants such as long term crops especially under drought conditions.
Horticulture Specialist from our Grower Services team, Troy Buechel, explains potential acidity and potential basicity in a fertilizer and how they influence the pH of a Growing Medium.
Horticulture Specialist from our Grower Services team, Troy Buechel, explains what a Biofungicide is, how it works and its benefits. You will find it in our two product lines: PRO-MIX® BIOFUNGICIDE™* & PRO-MIX® BIOFUNGICIDE™* + MYCORRHIZAE™.
Horticulture Specialist from our Grower Services team, JoAnn Peery, explains how to properly break up your bales with the right equipment and how to fill out and store properly your containers for a more consistant growth and better production in your greenhouse.
In the Fall of 2012, we introduced PRO-MIX® MP MYCORRHIZAE™ ORGANIK™ for organic growers. OMRI Listed for Organic Use.
All PRO-MIX BIOFUNGICIDE* products have been enriched with a biofungicide that prevents root diseases. Bacillus subtilis-MBI-600 bacteria colonize developing root systems and suppress disease causing organisms such as Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Fusarium.
A variety of commercially prepared potting mixes are available for today’s commercial growers. Selecting the formulation that performs best for your particular situation can be a difficult task, unless you know the specific needs of the crop, your cultural practices and the characteristics of the growing medium. To get the best results for your crop, the key is to work closely with your supplier.
With the increased popularity of indoor gardening, the term hydroponics has been associated with growing media like PRO-MIX. While in the truest definition, plant production in soilless media is similar to hydroponics, there are some differences in the way it is managed.
For growers, it is important to closely monitor pH to avoid swings in a growing medium's pH, which can lead to potential nutrient deficiencies or toxicities. Discover how you can stabilize a growing medium's pH with water and fertilizer.
The focus for this article is to discuss the pros and cons of using a controlled-release fertilizer compared to traditional water soluble fertilizers.
Horticulture Director from our Grower Services team, Ed Bloodnick talks about PRO-MIX HPCC MYCORRHIZAE, a peat/chunk coir-based professional growing medium.
For many years, sustainable peatland management and the protection of ecosystems such as its sphagnum peat moss harvesting sites have been firm commitments at Premier Tech Horticulture. To preserve the vitality of those areas for many generations still, Premier Tech Horticulture actively participates in the restoration of peat bogs.
BIOFUNGICIDE™ + MYCORRHIZAE™ are active ingredients that are available premixed in different PRO-MIX® formulations. The following article will address questions that come up regarding the integrity of these organisms.
Plants require essential elements to maximize their genetic potential. These elements are supplied by air, water, substrates and fertilizers; for water soluble fertilizers, it is important to make sure your fertilizer injector is working properly and that it is calibrated for accuracy.
In this fourth and last part of our series on growing greenhouse vegetables and herbs, we will address the appropriate growing medium to use.
In this third part of our series on growing greenhouse vegetables and herbs we will focus on the ideal greenhouse environment.
In this second part of our four-part series on growing vegetables and herbs in the greenhouse, we will focus on the greenhouse structures needed to produce quality crops.
In this four-part series, we will look at the ideal location, structures and environment needed to grow vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse production facility. In this first part, we will discuss the first step: finding the ideal location to start a greenhouse production facility.