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Mary Jane Clark and Youbin Zheng

Horticultural crops grown in containers require appropriate growing substrates (i.e., potting mixes) that comprise organic matter components such as sphagnum peat, bark fines, compost, and/or mineral components such as perlite and vermiculite

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Nathan J. Herrick and Raymond A. Cloyd

the lids to allow for ventilation. Using a 6.0-L container, growing medium (Sunshine ® LC1 Professional Growing Mix; Sun Gro Horticulture, Inc., Bellevue, WA) composed of 70% to 80% Canadian sphagnum peatmoss, perlite, dolomitic limestone, and

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Nathan J. Herrick and Raymond A. Cloyd

1 All-Purpose Mix (Berger, Saint-Modeste, Quebec, Canada) growing medium composed of 75% to 85% coarse sphagnum peatmoss, perlite, and vermiculite was moistened in a 6.0-L plastic container with ≈450 mL of tap water. The growing medium surface was

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Nathan J. Herrick and Raymond A. Cloyd

prepared by mixing 1.6 L tap water into the plant-growing media that were then moistened with an additional 40 mL tap water using a spray bottle before adding western flower thrips pupae. The deli container lids were modified with insect screening (0.2 × 0

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Raymond A. Cloyd and Amy Dickinson

Professional Growing Mix (Sun Gro Horticulture, Bellevue, WA). Specimens from the colony were identified as Bradysia sp. nr. coprophila (Linter) by Raymond J. Gagne, Systematic Entomology Department Laboratory, USDA. Voucher specimens are located in the

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Manuel Díaz-Pérez and Francisco Camacho-Ferre

mixed, can be used to produce substrates with the appropriate physical, chemical, and biological characteristics to grow different crops under diverse cultural conditions ( Burés, 1997 ). Currently, sphagnum peat provides the base material for the

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Ajay Nair and Brandon Carpenter

decrease production costs associated with thinning of seedlings in the field ( Biai et al., 2011 ; Schrader, 2000 ). In the transplant production phase, growing medium plays an important role in plant health. Most growers use a soilless mix as it reduces

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George Gizas, Ioannis Tsirogiannis, Maria Bakea, Nikolaos Mantzos and Dimitrios Savvas

were coir, non-composted Posidonia , composted Posidonia , and their mixes (1:1) with 0 to 8 mm pumice. The Posidonia residues used as non-composted growing medium were selected from the coastline of Preveza and subjected to careful washing to

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Ajay Nair, Mathieu Ngouajio and John Biernbaum

). Growers often design their own mixes using compost and other organic amendments. Organic growers largely depend on compost to manage nutrient requirements of growing transplants. Incorporation of large proportions of compost in the growing medium is not

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Kimberly Moore, Scott Greenhut and Wagner Vendrame

Agricultural Laboratories (Deerfield Beach, FL). Fig. 1. (A) Shoot dry weight (SDW) and root dry weight (RDW), and (B) stem diameter of jatropha plants growing in bark mix (B), coir (C), or peat substrate (P) and irrigated every 2, 3, or 4 d for 80 d in the