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At various times and places, purple has been the color of royalty, rock stars, and rebellion. It has represented bravery, as well as overwrought prose. A shade of purple—mauve—was even used to describe the 1890’s, a time when the invention and widespread use of aniline dyes made purple fabrics and clothes widely available. (more…)
Any low, wet area in the yard where rainwater runoff collects after a storm has the potential to be a spectacular, flower-filled rain garden. Maintaining these landscape reservoirs as beneficial gardens rather than stressed turf will save time and headaches and improve your yard’s looks—as long as you plant the right plants and create a design for all-season bloom.
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Sun Gro® Horticulture is
proud of its exclusive potting mix additive, RESiLIENCE®, our trade name for
horticultural silicon (Si), a beneficial plant substance. RESiLIENCE® is an
all-natural, water-soluble mineral that is included as an ingredient in many Black
Gold® mixes. RESiLIENCE®-enhanced growing mixes
are enriched with beneficial silicon—a technology developed by the company’s
own research horticulturists.
Potting mixes fortified with
RESiLIENCE® could offer gardeners real growing benefits. Numerous trials have
shown that plants grown in RESiLIENCE®-enhanced mixes may exhibit:
Improved Trichome Development
Better Root Growth
Longer Time Before Wilting
Increased Stem Diameter
And Quicker Recovery from Infrequent Watering
In some trials, certain species of
container- and garden-grown plants were also found to recover better from
less-than-perfect watering, which may give your potted plants an edge on hot,
Gardeners have had additional
questions about RESiLIENCE®. Here are some of the most common FAQs:
are the benefits of RESiLIENCE®-enhanced mixes?
Time and time again, research at
universities, commercial grower trials, and the Sun Gro Horticulture Discovery
Center, supported positive growing results with RESiLIENCE®. The results were
impressive in over 40 common bedding plants tested, such as red salvia,
snapdragons, calibrachoa, verbena, and black-eyed-Susans. The plants tested
showed visible increases in plant growth and vigor in addition to better roots
and stems, earlier flowering, and delayed wilting.
RESiLIENCE®-enhanced mixes benefit all garden plants?
We cannot be certain, but positive
research results were shown in a wide variety of common bedding plants. For the
plants tested, week-by-week growth data was collected in a controlled
greenhouse setting. Tests were conducted using Black Gold®, Fafard®, and
Sunshine Advanced® retail mixes as well as Sun Gro’s Sunshine®, Fafard® and
Metro Mix® professional lines of peat-based and bark-based growing and
propagation mixes. All of the mixes trialed were fortified with the same level
According to Janet Rippy, Ph.D.,
lead researcher of the RESiLIENCE® program at the Sun Gro Discovery Center,
“Results may vary by species, growing conditions, and growing practices, but
after extensive research and trialing, we are confident that RESiLIENCE® mixes
may benefit plant growth in numerous important horticultural plants.”
The research is ongoing, but as we
learn more, the benefits become increasingly clear. Silicon-enriched
RESiLIENCE® mixes may offer natural growing support to container plants grown
indoors or out. Savvy gardeners should seek growing mixes with the valuable
Bald cypress “knees” are an interesting characteristic of mature specimens planted in moist soils.
Even if you’ve never been to the Southeast U.S., you’re probably familiar with one of its signature plant communities: the bald cypress swamp. Nothing looks more “Deep South” than a flooded grove of buttress-trunked Taxodium distichum draped with Spanish moss. It might surprise you then to learn that bald cypress makes an excellent (and hardy) subject for all sorts of garden situations in regions as cold as USDA Hardiness Zone (minus 10 to minus 20 F). (more…)
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The flowers of Torenia Summer Wave® Large Blue look spectacular close up.
Gardeners the world over have long suffered from a common ailment—we covet plants, climate conditions, and time that we don’t have. This is especially true of gardeners with shady landscapes. Our gardens may support all kinds of ferns, but we want roses. Hostas the size of small houses sprout without any help at all while we pine for sunflowers. The list of “wants” versus realities goes on and on. (more…)
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Victory Gardens inspired millions of Americans that had never gardened to grow food to feed their families. Everyday people learned to garden on a homesteading scale. And, my family was no exception. My maternal grandparent’s Victory Garden taught them to fend for themselves and eat well when wartime rations were most limited. (more…)
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