Vitamin B-1 Myth

2017-01-31T12:45:20+00:00

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 roots and foliage, regulate growth, internodal spacing and promote flowering.  While many of these occur naturally in plants, man-made versions which have the effect of naturally occurring plant hormones [...]

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

2017-01-31T12:49:06+00:00

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) and potassium (K), respectively, but many do not know exactly what the numbers signify.  In general, they refer to the weight of each of these elements expressed as a [...]

Flower Parts and Functions

2017-01-31T12:46:43+00:00

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 is correct.  Many flowers have male parts and female parts.  We’ll start with the male part first. The male part of the flower is known as the stamen.  The [...]

Anatomy of the Leaf

2017-01-26T11:23:44+00:00

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 a plant uses leaves to manufacture complex enzymes, proteins, vitamins, sugars, etc. from the  nutrients it takes up through its roots.  We’ll start with the epidermis.  The epidermis is [...]

Anatomy of the Leaf pt. 2

2017-01-26T11:24:54+00:00

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 unique features inside the lower epidermis of the leaf, starting with the outer protective layer of the epidermis.  It’s waxy to help prevent water loss, and that wax or [...]

Nickel, the Essential Element

2017-01-26T12:53:18+00:00

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, published in 1987, established nickel as an essential mineral element for all plants.  Nickel is an essential component of urease, an enzyme that enables plants to metabolize and use [...]