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Tech with Dr. Steve – A blog from our Technical Services Manager, Steve Millett

Hort Americas CBOP

CBOP – Hort Americas Closed Bottom Organic Plug

Propagating in coco coir is a great way to establish plants. Now with the new Closed Bottom Organic Plug, CBOP, from Hort Americas you can reap the benefits of what you sow. CBOPs are available in three sizes to fit the specifications of your production system. Whether it is nutrient film technique, raft, grow bag, […]

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Grodan AX 25/40 cube with lettuce roots and stem post-harvest.

Starting Seeds in Grodan

The most important thing when using Grodan stone wool is that you need to saturate the product fully before using it. When you don’t fully saturate it, some of the stone wool can stay dry and will be hard to get wet at a later stage (hydrophobic). A way to check if the product is […]

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Figure 1. Production Draglines w bucket

Where does phosphorus fertilizer come from?

If your phosphorus fertilizer is sourced from the U.S. it is probably derived from Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, and Hardee counties in Florida. Recently, I had the opportunity to tour Mosaic’s South Fort Meade Mine facility. The Mosaic Company’s South Fort Meade Mine has an annual production of 6.5 million tons per year running 24/7/365. It’s size is […]

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