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 in the real world, houseplants, trees, plants, or shrubs are often over watered; their leaves start to get dull, [...]
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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 of soil. Some nutrients are only “weakly bound” in the soil, and can flow towards the root surface when [...]
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 outgrowths of epidermis. They are in close contact with the thin film of water surrounding the soil particles. The [...]
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 nutrients and water. Typical roots contain many different working parts that work together to sustain and grow the plant. [...]
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. Soil can simply be defined as the portion of the Earth’s surface where plant growth occurs. Even though many [...]
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 to your plants’ success, so make sure you know what materials were blended into the mix you are purchasing. [...]
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, perlite, vermiculite, brick shards, polystyrene packing peanuts and wood fiber. Hydroponics is a viable method of producing vegetables, foliage plants and [...]
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 that’s just to name a few things. The impact of soil is far reaching and is a key component [...]
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 major component of sea water. Many people think very negatively about sodium chloride and its value to the human [...]
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 [...]