Kelp is a popular plant additive and understanding what it is and how it benefits plants can help a gardener make the best use of it. Kelp (seaweed) are types…
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What is Root Rot? “Root rot” is a generic term encompassing any number of soil-inhabiting fungi, or fungi-like organisms that ultimately (and usually quickly) cause the collapse of a plant’s…
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Plant carbohydrates, in the form of sugars are the energy source by which all plants carry out their major functions. All plants must photosynthesize, transpire and respire to survive. Sugar…
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All living things need a source of carbon generally known as food. Animals eat their food, fungi absorb theirs, and plants make their own via photosynthesis. Plants must also obtain…
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Most growers know to keep an eye out for common plant stressors like insects, diseases, and water and nutrient levels. It takes a little more effort and some monitoring to…
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If you are reading this, you probably already know what coco coir is, and what it means to be “buffered.” If you were simply intrigued by the title (and who…
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We all are familiar with the need for vitamins in the human diet. What about plants, do they require vitamins too? As it turns out, plants do require vitamins, for…
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The stereotypical garden space is a horizontal, flat, well lit area, and while that configuration is useful in many circumstances, there are also more vertical alternatives to consider. Vertical gardens…
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Olympians wear high compression swimsuits that are nothing short of technological marvels. They reduce drag and allow athletes to swim through the water like fish; is it cheating? No. It…
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Plants consist of several basic organ systems, and roots are an important one. In both soil culture and hydroponics, roots generally keep to themselves, out of sight, doing their critical…
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