Botany


Plant Pigments: Nature’s Source of Color & Life Energy Plant Pigments: Nature’s Source of Color & Life Energy Plant Pigments: Nature’s Source of Color & Life Energy Plant Pigments: Nature’s Source of Color & Life Energy


Plant pigments can be used by plants to attract pollinators, such as birds or insects, or to attract or deter predators, depending on the...

Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism


Have you ever wondered why plants produce those amazing compounds that essential oils are derived from? It all has to do with glandular...

Harpin Proteins: Enhancing your Plant’s Natural Defense Systems Harpin Proteins: Enhancing your Plant’s Natural Defense Systems Harpin Proteins: Enhancing your Plant’s Natural Defense Systems Harpin Proteins: Enhancing your Plant’s Natural Defense Systems


What if you were able to naturally boost your plants immune system resulting in increased diseases resistance, photosynthesis and overall...

Genetic Modification of Flavor and Aroma in Fruits & Flowers: Is the Future GMO? Genetic Modification of Flavor and Aroma in Fruits & Flowers: Is the Future GMO? Genetic Modification of Flavor and Aroma in Fruits & Flowers: Is the Future GMO? Genetic Modification of Flavor and Aroma in Fruits & Flowers: Is the Future GMO?


Consumers have long complained about the lack of flavor in genetically modified foods. However, scientists are now trying to use those same...

A Brief History of Avocados A Brief History of Avocados A Brief History of Avocados A Brief History of Avocados


A Brief History of Avocados

Mystery Cannabis Virus Identified Mystery Cannabis Virus Identified Mystery Cannabis Virus Identified Mystery Cannabis Virus Identified


A new pathogen, HpLVd, was confirmed to have jumped from hops to cannabis in the Pacific Northwest

A Brief History of Strawberries A Brief History of Strawberries A Brief History of Strawberries A Brief History of Strawberries


Relatively new to the scene, the delicious strawberry has become a key ingredient for many tasty dishes.

Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants


Among the crucial nutrients for plant growth and health, phosphorus is vital in all stages of plant cultivation.

Close-up of a bee about to land on a sunflower. Close-up of a bee about to land on a sunflower. Close-up of a bee about to land on a sunflower. Close-up of a bee about to land on a sunflower.


Pollinators are on the decline, but by planting the right plants and providing shelter and water, you can help them make a comeback.

Understanding Pythium Root Rot Understanding Pythium Root Rot Understanding Pythium Root Rot Understanding Pythium Root Rot


Pythiums are plant pathogens that cause damping off of seedlings, or nibble on the roots of older plants. There are pythiums everywhere in...

Debunking Common Gardening Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction Debunking Common Gardening Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction Debunking Common Gardening Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction Debunking Common Gardening Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction


A lot of the advice growers receive is based either on sound science, or a friend or relative’s proven practices, but some things can...

Understanding Chelation in Plants Understanding Chelation in Plants Understanding Chelation in Plants Understanding Chelation in Plants


Chris Bond explains the chelation process and why it’s key for healthy plants and crops.

Below The Surface: Root Growth Stimulation and Microorganisms Below The Surface: Root Growth Stimulation and Microorganisms Below The Surface: Root Growth Stimulation and Microorganisms Below The Surface: Root Growth Stimulation and Microorganisms


A healthy root system depends on beneficial microorganisms that live in the rhizosphere. In learning which products and techniques best...

The Mechanisms Behind Vascular Plants The Mechanisms Behind Vascular Plants The Mechanisms Behind Vascular Plants The Mechanisms Behind Vascular Plants


Grubbycup puts on his biology hat and explains the mechanisms of vascular plants.

Common Nutrient Additives Common Nutrient Additives Common Nutrient Additives Common Nutrient Additives


When it comes to nutrient additives, there are a lot of options available for growers. But, as Grubbycup explains, it is important to know...

A vine of tomatoes at different stages of ripeness. A vine of tomatoes at different stages of ripeness. A vine of tomatoes at different stages of ripeness. A vine of tomatoes at different stages of ripeness.


Like humans, most plants inevitably grow old and then die, and as plants age, yields are affected negatively. But if this natural decline...

Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass. Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass. Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass. Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass.


Not all traditional companion planting recommendations hold up to modern day science, but some do. Monica Mansfield pored through numerous...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Managing Micro-Organisms in the Garden The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Managing Micro-Organisms in the Garden The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Managing Micro-Organisms in the Garden The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Managing Micro-Organisms in the Garden


Plants need to receive a number of nutrients to thrive. An important step is keeping the bad bacteria at bay, along with establishing and...

Growing Plants Under Artificial Light: What’s Missing? Growing Plants Under Artificial Light: What’s Missing? Growing Plants Under Artificial Light: What’s Missing? Growing Plants Under Artificial Light: What’s Missing?


Sometimes, plants just don’t thrive under artificial lights, even when every aspect of the indoor growing environment is perfect. It's...

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