Bill DeBoer

Bill DeBoer is a laboratory scientist at Indiana-based steadyGROWpro. A master gardener intern, Bill is responsible for the company’s laboratory operations, including the design and execution of research projects, plant propagation, seed germination and overall plant care. Bill has a BS and MS from Purdue University, and was previously a research technician for the US Department of Agriculture.

Articles by Bill DeBoer


Hypochlorite in Horticulture Hypochlorite in Horticulture Hypochlorite in Horticulture Hypochlorite in Horticulture


Hypochlorite is a readily available germicide that has many horticultural uses. Bill DeBoer shares a rundown on what to keep in mind when...

Are You Growing Puny Plants? A Look at the Plant Stomata and Relative Humidity Are You Growing Puny Plants? A Look at the Plant Stomata and Relative Humidity Are You Growing Puny Plants? A Look at the Plant Stomata and Relative Humidity Are You Growing Puny Plants? A Look at the Plant Stomata and Relative Humidity


There are many critical factors growers pay close attention to when considering the overall health and vigor of their plants. Here's why...

What’s Your Hydration Status? What’s Your Hydration Status? What’s Your Hydration Status? What’s Your Hydration Status?


Proper hydration is paramount to an individual’s success rate with cuttings. Softwood cuttings are especially sensitive, but semi-hardwood...

Flowing with the Phloem Flowing with the Phloem Flowing with the Phloem Flowing with the Phloem


A grower must think a lot about what to give their plants to help them grow, and what kinds of media to grow them in, but there is a lot...

Breaking Boredom with Boron: Function and Uses Breaking Boredom with Boron: Function and Uses Breaking Boredom with Boron: Function and Uses Breaking Boredom with Boron: Function and Uses


Boron… it's some chemical from the periodic table that plants need, but we don't really need to know much about it, right? Wrong. Author...

Tasty Tomatoes: Improving Flavor and Quality in Hydroponically Grown Tomatoes Tasty Tomatoes: Improving Flavor and Quality in Hydroponically Grown Tomatoes Tasty Tomatoes: Improving Flavor and Quality in Hydroponically Grown Tomatoes Tasty Tomatoes: Improving Flavor and Quality in Hydroponically Grown Tomatoes


Off-season tomatoes are usually dull, tasteless and way too firm. Thankfully, however, there is now research being conducted on how to...

Are Organic Pesticides Always Safer? Are Organic Pesticides Always Safer? Are Organic Pesticides Always Safer? Are Organic Pesticides Always Safer?


Organic is an often misunderstood term. Here’s Bill DeBoer to help clear a few things up.

The Aquaponics Balancing Act The Aquaponics Balancing Act The Aquaponics Balancing Act The Aquaponics Balancing Act


Providing nutrients to an aquaponics system is a potentially fatal balancing act. Here, William DeBoer discusses how growers can supply...

The Aquaculture Component to Aquaponics The Aquaculture Component to Aquaponics The Aquaculture Component to Aquaponics The Aquaculture Component to Aquaponics


The potential for profitable food production of fish and plants has never been more prominent. After all, aquaculture must supply a growing...

Stem Secrets: Introducing a Smarter Way to Select, Store and Process Stem Cuttings Stem Secrets: Introducing a Smarter Way to Select, Store and Process Stem Cuttings Stem Secrets: Introducing a Smarter Way to Select, Store and Process Stem Cuttings Stem Secrets: Introducing a Smarter Way to Select, Store and Process Stem Cuttings


Unlike cloning herbaceous plants, woody cuttings require slightly different consideration. Here’s how to properly select, store and process...

Water and Nutrient Uptake by Roots Water and Nutrient Uptake by Roots Water and Nutrient Uptake by Roots Water and Nutrient Uptake by Roots


In order to do better understand the relationship of “root to shoots,” looking at the concepts of water/transpiration/osmosis, root...

Roots, Shoots and the Party of Six Roots, Shoots and the Party of Six Roots, Shoots and the Party of Six Roots, Shoots and the Party of Six


In this article, William DeBoer dispels some of the misgivings people have about hydroponics and breaks down a few complex ideas into...

Electrical Conductivity and Monitoring Plant Nutrition Electrical Conductivity and Monitoring Plant Nutrition Electrical Conductivity and Monitoring Plant Nutrition Electrical Conductivity and Monitoring Plant Nutrition


Electrical conductivity test (EC) is a quick and inexpensive way to determine the salt concentration of a solution. For growers, it...

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