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 [...]

Calcium and Its Role In Plant Health

2017-01-31T12:37:27+00:00

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 very similar role in a plant as it does in animals.  It is essential in the development of a firm structure that lays the foundation for healthy and strong [...]

Phosphorus In Plants and Soils

2017-01-26T11:37:25+00:00

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 help to divide the elements up based upon the quantities required for plants to thrive:  macronutrients and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus,  potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur.  The first [...]

Chlorine Benefits to Plants

2017-01-26T11:29:46+00:00

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.  Seawater is a major collector of dissolved chlorine.  Oceans accumulate chlorine from dissolved mineral deposits that are transported from the continents by rivers.  Plants take up chlorine in its [...]

Molybdenum in Plants and Soils

2017-01-26T11:35:42+00:00

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 majority of agricultural soils, the content of molybdenum is somewhere in the range of 0.6 ppm – 3.5 ppm with an average of 2 ppm. Plants typically take up [...]