If you’ve ever noticed that your plants grow poorly and stretched in the winter, you are noticing the effects of light on them. There are three primary ways that light affects your plants: day length (how long it is light for), intensity of light (brightness), and the quality of light (colour).
I recall visiting a local conservatory as a child. I was infatuated with the banana palms and exotic, tropical plants–my winter oasis. If you, like me, live in a frozen wonderland for months of the year, you will know the desire to see, smell, and taste plants while you wait for spring. Winter’s challenge is that plants grown inside […]
There are two basic factors at work in the process of plants taking in water: osmosis and transpiration. I’ll explain them both and then discuss why it’s important for growers to understand. Osmosis Imagine a wall with some swinging doors in it. On either side of the door are children at a party. On […]
An old-time greenhouse grower taught me their way of measuring moisture levels in granulated soilless media (including coir, soil, and peat-based soilless mix). It took me a little while to really trust it, but I now prefer it to anything except the very top end moisture detection equipment—and I would still use it to see […]