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Plant Nutrients - The Mighty Macros

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 11/6/2018

For the second part in this this three-part series we will be discussing the major elements that are typically used in large quantities – calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Some people consider these macro elements and will usually put nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus also in this category.


Experience From the Field

Posted by Nick Greens, Horticulturist/Consultant on 10/30/2018

You’re a solid grower with great ideas, but you may feel like you don’t have enough experience in the field. You may need to be patient and research your ideas, but then again, maybe it’s not that. Maybe your ideas are missing something. There are extra factors with hydroponics that may cause things in the field to fail, here’s our tips for troubleshooting possible problems and finding potential solutions.


Part 2: Rapid Relative Humidity Decreases in the Greenhouse

Posted by Jim Brown, Horticulturist on 10/22/2018

Previously on the blog we talked about rapid relative humidity increases and how plant tissue is affected. Today, we’re talking about part 2 – rapid relative humidity decreases. If you missed part one, check it out here!

Troubleshooting Fall Greenhouse Pests and Disease

Posted by Zack Foust, Sales Representative on 10/16/2018

One of the benefits to controlled environment growing is the ability to grow year-round if desired. While fall typically signals the end of a growing season for many field crop farms, backyard gardens and nurseries, many hydroponic farmers growing in a controlled environment are still going strong. These operations monitor the outdoor environment and adjust their growing environments accordingly to maintain optimal growing conditions with light, humidity, temperature, etc.

Plant Nutrients – The “BIG THREE”: Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 10/10/2018

Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus are crucial for plant health. As the seasons, and nutrient demands, of various crops change, I figured to start a three-part series highlighting the elements that are needed by most crops. To prevent these blog posts from becoming too large, I will be breaking them up to discuss the big three, the mighty macro’s, and the much-needed micros. I am not putting them in order of importance since all plants need all of these nutrients in one formula or another.

Get Social! Tips and Tricks for Social Media

Posted by Nick Greens, Horticulturist/Consultant on 9/23/2018

Social media is an important marketing tool to help get you in front of your potential customers. Whether you’re promoting products or services, educating your audience about why you’re the best, or simply sharing what you’re up to, social media platforms are a great outlet to help customers engage with your brand. With Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more, we’re talking about some of our best tips and tricks to help you decide what might work best for you.

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Post-Harvest Storage Tips

Posted by Zack Foust, Sales Representative on 9/16/2018

After hours of seeding, moving hundreds of transplants, mixing fresh batches of nutrients and managing a plant-friendly environment, you hopefully have produced a bountiful, disease-free crop that is ready for harvest. The next critical step in fresh-market hydroponic production is to follow proper harvest and storage practices to ensure that your customers receive produce of the highest quality. It is important that you don't overlook post-harvest care, since this could determine taste, texture, nutrition, safety and overall salability of your produce.

Bumbling in the Greenhouse – All about the B’s

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 9/4/2018

From the title you probably can guess what this week’s post is about. It is not about how I move around the greenhouse this time of year but rather my small employees that help with pollination. It’s all about the bee’s this week. After some work in the greenhouse the last couple of days I figured to share some insight on the little “helpers” that occupy the greenhouse even when I’m not there.

Growing Popcorn Shoots

Posted by Nick Greens, Horticulturist/Consultant on 8/21/2018

Popcorn shoots are a microgreen variety increasing in popularity. As you might have guessed from their name, they grow from the seeds that a lot people use for popcorn. The shoots are useful for ingredients and garnishing dishes, as they are golden yellow and have a unique, super sweet flavor. After selecting the right seeds to grow at home, we suggest soaking them before planting. Then, using a burlap medium, plant your seeds in a 10 x 20 tray designed for growing microgreens, keep the burlap moist, and cover your shoots with a humidity dome or place in a black garbage bag.

Changing of Seasons

Posted by Jake Emling, CropKing Horticulturist on 8/13/2018

Back to school means that the changing of the seasons is coming near. For greenhouse growers, maintenance is a key component to success, helping you get the last push of the cool season crops or if you will be growing through the winter. This is the perfect time to make a checklist of things that should be checked before the snow files (at least for us in Northeast Ohio!). I put four items on the top of my list that should never be taken for granted no matter where you are located.



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