Plant Virus Diseases

With all of the talk about the Zika virus these days, I thought I would do a brief blog about understanding plant virus diseases. Viruses are among the most primitive forms of life. Basically, what they are is a piece of DNA or RNA, usually surrounded by a coat of...

Media-Fertilizer Interactions

We all know that soil and fertilizer are interrelated. Potting media and fertilizer are also interrelated, both chemically and physically. The performance of one affects the performance of the other. Not infrequently, when I see situations where nursery crops are not...

Heat Stress in Plants

Hot enough for you? Well, it’s August, and most of the country seems to be dealing with unusually high temperatures, south to north and east to west. Plants of course are “cold blooded”, meaning they can do little to regulate their temperatures. It...

The Sulfate Debate

In the last 30 days, I have had conversations with three different industry experts. One makes fertility recommendations for a competing fertilizer company. The second supervises the maintenance of about 25 athletic fields. The third oversees fertilization of well...

Foliar Nutrition Around Cold Fronts

As we head into December, temperatures are dropping in many parts of the country, even in Florida. This blog will cover how to maximize the effectiveness of foliar nutrition around cold fronts. How this information can be used will depend on what part of the country...