Plant Potting News

  • Perfect Poinsettias for Christmas? Controlling Compost Moisture Can Remove the Need for Chemical Growth Retardants

    Poinsettias, the classic Christmas pot plant, are grown in their thousands in UK nurseries from late July onwards, but growers have to rely on the use of plant growth regulators (PRGs) to ensure that the optimum height and number of bracts is achieved by early December. ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Grey on Green: The Quiet Decline of One Tree in Alaska’s Temperate Rainforest

    Culturally vital, ecologically unique, and economically valuable, the yellow cedar’s fate is closely tied to snow I am in the middle of the most pristine forest in North America; in all likelihood no one has stood where I stand for hundreds of years. And I am surrounded by dead trees. Huge, monolithic individuals, three feet across and over a hundred feet tall – and the vast majority ...


    By Earth Island Institute

  • BioSoil Farm introduces our brand new Super-Charged Potting Soil

    BioSoil Farm is proud to announce the release of their brand new Potting Soil.  It is all-natural, organic, and made mostly of recycled plant nutrients without the use of manure. Our Potting Soil is Super Charged so all you ever have to do is water your ...


    By BioSoil Farm, Inc.

  • Worm Castings & Potting Mix – We can cure your depression!

    Does playing in the dirt make you happy?  Does gardening make you happy? New studies show that the microbes in dirt – and those in our worm castings and potting mixes, can actually fight depression and make you feel happy.  No wonder we love working at the worm farm so much!!  We are exposed to these microbes all day and while we have always loved it, perhaps now we have a ...


    By BioSoil Farm, Inc.

  • Products Ready for Spring Planting

    BioSoil Farm Seeding Mix – Perfectly engineered for your seeds.  Mostly sphagnum peat moss, plus a few worm castings and screened finished compost and featuring growstones! BioSoil Farm Potting Soil – Perfectly engineered for your low demand plants… houseplants, young transplants, basil, herbs, etc. Made from sphagnum peat moss, ...


    By BioSoil Farm, Inc.

  • New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time

    A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say Japanese scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. Temperature, ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • World’s most innovative agricultural ideas step into the spotlight in Abu Dhabi

    A host of innovative ideas and products for sustainable agriculture, which have the potential to act as game-changing catalysts in the plight to feed 9.7 billion people forecasted by 2050, will be presented in Abu Dhabi next week. The free to attend Open Innovations Theatre, a popular feature on the show floor of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), will highlight products such ...


    By Turret Media FZ LLC

  • New Soil Moisture and Temperature Sensor from Delta-T Devices – the SM150T

    The new SM150T Sensor is ideal for measuring moisture content and temperature in soils and substrates. It has a wide range of applications across science, horticulture and agriculture, and is a reliable and cost-effective sensor for system integrators, who appreciate its ease of installation and simple interface (0 – 1 V DC output). The SM150T’s advanced patented electronics and ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Specialty Crops Focus of Feb. 7 Conference

    A conference for fruit and vegetable growers is set for Feb. 7 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland. The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers “a little something for everyone,” said Greg Meyer, Ohio State University Extension educator in Warren County and event organizer. The ...


    By Ohio State University

  • New Soil Moisture and Temperature Sensor from Delta-T Devices – the SM150T

    The new SM150T Sensor is ideal for measuring moisture content and temperature in soils and substrates. It has a wide range of applications across science, horticulture and agriculture, and is a reliable and cost-effective sensor for system integrators, who appreciate its ease of installation and simple interface (0 – 1 V DC output). ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • WIWAM line design and final installation @ VIB

    WIWAM line comprises a pot positioning table, consisting of several individual lines, an underlying portal robot, and one or more stations for imaging or weighing/watering activities. The complete system was implemented in an existing growth room, and was designed to optimally fit the available space. Plants are grown in individual pots, which are picked up by the robotic arm at ...


    By SMO bvba - WIWAM

  • MARVIN™ technology saves agriculture & horticulture time and money

    Four hundred thousand seedlings, nearly half of what a plant grower of, say, young tomato plants, produces in one season; this is the amount that sorting machines with the MARVIN technology can process in a single day. They rapidly make 3D models of the plants and accurately evaluate their size and features in milliseconds. “The information can be automatically recorded in a database and ...

  • Vineland researchers develop new propagation trays

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is revolutionizing propagation  systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree root  growth. There is an increasing demand for container tree seedling production  – plug trays  – in North America and a greater focus on higher quality root architecture. Many  current propagation ...

  • Exciting News for Vineland with FedDev Investment Announcement

    Member of Parliament Vance Badawey, Niagara Centre and Member of Parliament Chris Bittle, St. Catharines announced $5.76 million in FedDev Ontario funding for Vineland’s new Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre at a special event June 3. Hon Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair were also present to discuss the ...

  • Mastering Greenhouse Efficiency with Robotics at Vineland

    Imagine technology that could preemptively find disease in plants, allowing growers to address it proactively. Or sensors that could help irrigate more resourcefully. Or robots that could selectively harvest ripe crops. At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, it seems as though the future is now. Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 ...

  • USD 10-million facility for studying climate change effects on plant growth opens at IRRI

    On a hot, breezy afternoon on 21 January 2016, an international gathering of agricultural scientists and development officials dedicated the Lloyd T. Evans Plant Growth Facility (PGF) on the campus of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The opening of the USD 10 million state-of-the-art facility manifests IRRI’s commitment to better understand the effects of climate change on ...

  • Confronting Labor Exploitation in the Developed World

    Seasonal Pressure and Migrant Labor The toys and gifts traditionally exchanged during the holiday season are produced year-round, often in countries where labor standards come under regular scrutiny. In developed countries, however, while not usually considered a high exploitation risk, production of seasonal items and, in particular, items with short shelf lives puts great pressure on ...


    By SGS

  • Sandia Algae Researchers Cut Costs with Improved Nutrient Recycling

    Algae are a promising source of renewable biofuels and bioproducts, and researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, are taking a step toward realizing the promise of sustainable, cost-effective algal biofuels for the American public. Sandia molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis, leading a team with OpenAlgae and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Bills to regulate medical marijuana head to Gov. Jerry Brown

    With California voters likely to consider legalizing recreational marijuana use next year, state lawmakers approved a package of legislation that would create the first statewide licensing and operating rules for pot growers and retail weed outlets since the state became the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature pushed through three Democratic ...


    By Associated Press

  • Light-emitting Diode Sole-source Lighting Effective in Bedding Plant Seedling Production

    In northern latitudes, producers of bedding plants depend on supplemental lighting during the late winter and early spring growing seasons. Unfortunately, these peak times for young plant production are also the darkest. Researchers have determined that a minimum amount of photosynthetic light (daily light integral; DLI) is necessary to produce high-quality young plants in greenhouses. In ...

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