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Marijuana Can Help the Opioid Epidemic: with Dr. Oz

September 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Marijuana Can Help the Opioid Epidemic: with Dr. Oz

This past week Dr. Mehmet Oz announced on Fox News that he believes cannabis may be the ‘exit drug’ for the opioid crisis. Dr. Oz's statement [...]

Vitamin B-1 Myth

January 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Vitamin B-1 Myth

Plants manufacture vitamins and hormones used to regulate their growth.  In many instances, supplying these hormones, auxins and vitamins to plants can stimulate the growth of [...]

N-P-K Numbers by Dave Neal a.k.a. Dr. Dyna-Gro

January 20th, 2017|Comments Off on N-P-K Numbers by Dave Neal a.k.a. Dr. Dyna-Gro

What Do Those Numbers on the Fertilizer Label Mean?© Most growers are aware that the three numbers on the fertilizer label refer to nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) [...]

Flower Parts and Functions

March 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Flower Parts and Functions

Have you ever wondered what makes a flower a flower?  Did you know that the flower is actually made up of female and male parts?  Yes, that [...]

Anatomy of the Leaf

March 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Anatomy of the Leaf

The leaf is a good deal more complex than many would assume.  Their daily functions are spectacular and give us a lot of insight as to how [...]

Anatomy of the Leaf pt. 2

March 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Anatomy of the Leaf pt. 2

The epidermis of the leaf has unique features that aid in the survival of the plant.  We are going to take a look into some of these [...]

Calcium and Its Role In Plant Health

June 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Calcium and Its Role In Plant Health

Calcium (Ca) is an element which is vital to virtually any living thing, be it plant or animal.  It has many different critical roles.  Calcium plays a [...]

Phosphorus In Plants and Soils

May 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Phosphorus In Plants and Soils

Phosphorus (P), an essential macronutrient, is a vital component for several different factors of plant growth.  In the list of essential nutrients, there are two categories which [...]

Plants Need CO2

May 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Plants Need CO2

Plants require various elements to remain viable and flourish in their growth.  One of the more vital elements to the health of plants is carbon which plants [...]

Chlorine Benefits to Plants

May 12th, 2015|Comments Off on Chlorine Benefits to Plants

Chlorine is actually one of the more plentiful elements on the entire planet.  It is found all around us, abundant in soils, minerals, plants and even animals. [...]

Molybdenum in Plants and Soils

May 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Molybdenum in Plants and Soils

Molybdenum (Mo) does not always get the attention it deserves.  This essential element plays a very important role in the growth and development of plants.  In the [...]

Sulfur in Soil and Plants

April 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Sulfur in Soil and Plants

Despite the fact that it has been known for over 70 years that sulfur, in combination with other elements is necessary for plant nutrition, the question of [...]

The Difference between Chlorophyll A & B and Photosynthesis Overview

April 21st, 2015|Comments Off on The Difference between Chlorophyll A & B and Photosynthesis Overview

Photosynthesis Photosynthesis is a naturally occurring process that takes place in plants, algae and even some forms of bacteria.  They utlize the sun’s energy to convert CO2 [...]

Function of the Phloem

March 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Function of the Phloem

The phloem collects photoassimilates in green leaves, distributes them in the plant and supplies the plant organs.  The phloem is specially designed for loading, long‐distance transport and [...]

Getting Rid of Root Rot

February 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Getting Rid of Root Rot

Aren’t these roots in the picture beautiful?  We wish we lived in a world where all roots looked this way, but sadly we don’t.  Because we live [...]

How Plant Roots Absorb Nutrients

February 12th, 2015|Comments Off on How Plant Roots Absorb Nutrients

Roots are the primary way in which plants acquire nutrients.  Plant roots can penetrate to significant depths and are branched so that they can explore large volumes [...]

How Plant Roots Absorb Water

February 10th, 2015|Comments Off on How Plant Roots Absorb Water

Plants absorb water through their entire surface - roots, stems and leaves. However, the majority of water is absorbed by root hairs. Root hairs are thin-walled uni-cellular [...]

Root Stucture Overview

February 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Root Stucture Overview

Roots are vital to plant life in large variety of ways. Not only do they provide stability and nutrient storage, they’re also the main source of acquiring [...]

Soil Chemistry

January 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Soil Chemistry

If you garden, then you know vegetables are grown virtually everywhere.  However, you also know that the soil those vegetables are grown in has a huge impact. [...]

Choosing the Right Soil

January 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Choosing the Right Soil

When it comes to your plants, selection of soil or growing medium is often overlooked.  It is important to understand that selecting a growing medium is important [...]

Hydroponics: Advantages and Disadvantages

January 13th, 2015|Comments Off on Hydroponics: Advantages and Disadvantages

Hydroponics is the growing of plants in a liquid nutrient solution with or without the use of artificial media.  Commonly used media include expanded clay pellets, peat coir, [...]

Soil Overview

January 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Soil Overview

Soil serves many purposes as a medium for plant growth.  It works as an anchor, a water holding tank, stores and supplies plant nutrients, influences fertility and [...]

Sodium Role in Plants

December 10th, 2014|Comments Off on Sodium Role in Plants

The word sodium is often associated with many different things in our society today.  It is most commonly associated with sodium chloride, common table salt, and the [...]

Nickel, the Essential Element

December 3rd, 2014|Comments Off on Nickel, the Essential Element

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service at Cornell University published as series of research papers on nickel nutrition.  The culmination of this research, [...]

Cobalt’s Role In Plants

November 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Cobalt’s Role In Plants

Cobalt (Co) is an element which is not commonly thought to play as crucial of a role in the health of a plant. However, cobalt is one [...]

Powdery Mildew – Effects on Plants

November 19th, 2014|Comments Off on Powdery Mildew – Effects on Plants

What is powdery mildew?  Many of those who do agriculture and growers alike have a vague idea as to what a plant infestation presenting itself in the [...]

Risks of Iron Chlorosis in Plants

November 12th, 2014|Comments Off on Risks of Iron Chlorosis in Plants

In previous blogs we have talked about the risks that accompany an iron shortage in plants.  This is one of the more common diseases that has a [...]

Copper Role In Plants

November 5th, 2014|Comments Off on Copper Role In Plants

Copper is a highly essential component to healthy plant growth.  A majority of soils contain some levels of copper in one form or another, however, often times [...]

Boron in Plant Growth

October 29th, 2014|Comments Off on Boron in Plant Growth

Among the major elements that are classified as essential elements for plant growth and health, there are some that receive much more attention than others in their [...]

Potassium Role in Plants

October 22nd, 2014|Comments Off on Potassium Role in Plants

Potassium (K) plays a very vital role in the health and growth of a plant.  It is one of the three most important essential elements of the [...]

Silicon Benefits in Turf Grass

October 18th, 2014|Comments Off on Silicon Benefits in Turf Grass

Have you ever gone to a golf course and wondered how they care for the grass?  How is it that they are able to maintain such a [...]

Sexual Propagation

October 14th, 2014|Comments Off on Sexual Propagation

Seeds The uniting of the pollen (male) with the egg (female) to make a seed is called sexual propagation. The seed consists of three parts: the outer [...]

Magnesium’s Role in Plant Growth

October 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Magnesium’s Role in Plant Growth

Magnesium is a component of several primary and secondary minerals in the soil, which are essentially insoluble, for agricultural considerations.  These materials are the original sources of [...]

Iron Brings Strong Benefits to Your Plants

October 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Iron Brings Strong Benefits to Your Plants

Of the 17 elements that are essential for  plant growth, each is as vital to the overall health as the other in one aspect.  A plant requires [...]