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One of the many wonderful things about Spring

2016-10-27T22:51:18+00:00

One of the many wonderful things about Spring, and there are many wonderful things about Spring, is the fact that it’s bug season.  Yes, bug season. Now, many people cringe at just the thought of bugs and they do so for many good reasons.  Unless you are an armchair entomologist who has an affinity for the predators of the micro-jungle inhabiting our backyards, you may think this statement a bit daft.  However, not [...]

Shell-hacked

2016-10-27T22:51:19+00:00

Here at Hormex we never shy away from using as many all natural inputs in our gardens as possible.  From non toxic insecticide alternatives like table salt rings around plants for slugs and snails (use wisely), or utilizing less desirable techniques like fish heads and macerated fish guts tilled into the soil for added nitrogen.  And as many of you may already be well aware of the wide ranging benefits that come from [...]

Growing Plans

2016-10-27T22:51:19+00:00

As winter is leaving and the days begin to get just a little bit longer, the constant Gardner is already experiencing a heightened anticipation of the coming of spring.  And like preparing to go back to school, much of the excitement fizzles after the first two weeks of being thrust back into the actual hard work of it all, just as it can be with gardening.  The studious Gardner, however, is already mapping [...]

What are Auxins?

2016-10-27T22:51:19+00:00

Auxins are a class of plant hormones (or plant growth substances) with some morphogen-like characteristics. Auxins have a cardinal role in coordination of many growth and behavioral processes in the plant's life cycle and are essential for plant body development.Auxins were the first of the major plant hormones to be discovered. They derive their name from the Greek word (auxein - "to grow/increase"). Auxin is present in all parts of a plant, although in very different [...]

Rooting Gel Vs Rooting Powder

2016-10-27T22:51:19+00:00

AVOID USING “GEL” BASED ROOTING PRODUCTS. ROOTING GEL VS ROOTING POWDER. Rooting gels are known to create optimal conditions for root rot. Root rot is caused by high moisture and low oxygen. In addition, they contain preservatives and often times alcohol which are known to inhibit plant growth. Without these preservatives the bottle of gel would end up a mess of mold after a few weeks. Due to the nature of rooting gels they create [...]

Plant Root Hormones – Achieving Hormonal Balance

2016-10-27T22:51:19+00:00

Misconceptions about plant root hormones As a company that specializes in plant root hormones, we receive many questions regarding plant root hormones. We therefore often need to clear up misconceptions. Sometimes people think plant root hormones or growth regulators are the same as animal and human hormones. This is not the case. While many carbon-based life forms use and produce hormones, animal and plant hormones are not the same. People commonly believe that plant hormones [...]

The Perfect Poinsettia

2015-05-10T02:20:30+00:00

If not for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, introducing Euphorbia pulcherrima to the United States in 1825, our decked halls would look quite different. Perhaps there would be offerings such as Sedum pernium like “Dragon’s Blood” or red roses festooning stocking-draped mantels? And while there are now over 100 cultivated varieties of Poinsettias around the world from white, yellow, green and orange to choose from, it is the [...]

Before the Fall (ends)

2016-10-27T22:51:19+00:00

Now that it has been over a month since the Autumnal Equinox, have you had a chance to begin propagating your favorite plants? Well if the answer is “no,” then you’re not alone. But, if you want to have an array of say those beloved Veronicas blooming by next year, then now is the time to get cutting. Prepping is typically the most laborious step in the process. Once everything is set up [...]

No media required – Aeroponics

2015-01-23T17:52:19+00:00

It’s been said that hydroponics is the Cadillac of gardening. If that is the case, then aeroponics is surely the Ferrari. Propagating clones aeroponicallly has proven to be one of the fastest methods for producing roots. However, true to the analogy, aeroponic systems is a high performance model not only in the speed in which they root and provide nutrients to the plant but also in the capacious amounts of care that it [...]

Coco or Peat?

2014-08-26T22:17:30+00:00

Remember to use a good potting soil.  But what constitutes a good potting soil?  Then the other questions arise. Coco or peat? What about cinders or expanded clay?  How do you choose the correct potting medium? Many of these factors are determined by the plant. Research the optimal soil conditions that a selected cultivar thrives in, such as density and acidity. For instance, you wouldn’t be successful putting an orchid in a large [...]

Hormex, fertilizers and you

2016-09-15T19:52:29+00:00

“Is Hormex Liquid a fertilizer?” We hear this question a lot. The quick answer is no. Unlike fertilizers, Hormex is a growth stimulant. While there is not an N-P-K listing on the side of the bottle, you must remember there is more to feeding and nurturing plant growth than Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium. Fertilizers and Other Plant Supplements Humans consume calories through fats, carbohydrates and proteins. But we also benefit from the addition of supplemental vitamins and [...]

Preventing the Attack of the Sick Clones

2016-10-27T22:51:19+00:00

Prevent Sick Clones Prevent sick clones by using good cultural practices for early and prolonged success for needy growing plants. The most important cultural practice is good hygiene. From start to finish, keep the growing environment - from the propagation trays to the planting beds - clean and free of pathogens. This practice lets you prevent future future problems which can happen more easily than you would think. As a professor of mine once said, [...]