HIBISCUS - ARTHUR HERRIN, MISSISSIPPI
Arthur Herrin in Petal, Mississippi uses only products containing SumaGrow® on his ornamental flowers and garden. He decided to conduct his own experiment using the ornamental plants growing alongside his back porch. He treated the left side with a product containing SumaGrow® while the right side went untreated.
Seeing is believing, all on the right (only one row) is treated with SumaGrow®.
NURSERY CROPS - AN EDITED EMAIL FROM RED OAK NURSERY
"Our Gerber daisies we grew last year (our 1st season using SumaGrow®)...was a nice crop and we were late planting and over produced...This year we reduced the quantities a little, planted on time, and have sold 95 percent of them and they are the best looking Gerbers ever with a higher percentage of the plants producing 5–8 flowers per flush of flowers and the few that stayed here beyond the 1st flowering seem to produce following flush of flowers quicker.
The greenhouse production areas are still using far less water than usual, I can only guess at 40 percent less, it might be more. As plants reach mature size, they use closer to what is expected, but still a guess of 10 percent less. Mature flowering HB in some varieties use 75 percent less. This also has saved us 60 percent of our normal fertilizer on those plants...
Our petunias that always show Fe & N deficiencies even with using foliar Fe & N have always required multiple drenches to lower the pH if they stayed longer than 6 weeks due to our bicarbonates in the water. Last year they did not need any pH adjustment to help them pick up nutrients after we started SG...We have not had to adjust the pH at all this year.
We still apply foliar Fe as always on petunias & N as we do on all our crops & we have had to reapply slow release fertilizers to keep them longer as usual except that we are using 20 percent lower rates getting equal results in most varieties. When it got warm in mid March we drenched again with SG + KNO3 4 oz/100g, + a soil surfactant Soaker, the next day our hand watering was reduced and we are still using less hand watering than usual even though days are longer, temps are up a little...”
KNOCK‑OUT ROSE TRIALS - ACCOKEEK, MARYLAND
My name is Steve Miller. My position at Abby Farms is Asst. Nursery Manager for Nutrient Management. During the two prior years 2011–12, I struggled to find a nutritional program that provided the growth and quality that our market requires.
In 2011 the quality of the crop was below average. In 2012 we implemented a supplemental foliar nutritional program with a rotation of four different treatments on a weekly basis. The quality of the roses was better, but this required a tremendous amount of labor. In Jan. 2013 I met David Babcock with Planet Safe and set up to have him come out and trial some of his organic supplements. David came by the nursery the first week of June and left me a sample of a product called SumaGrow®. I decided I would trial it on a bed of Knock-Out Roses to see what it could do.
We treated one bed of roses which was 5000 sq. ft. and left the other four beds as a control. One week after treatment I saw a noticeable change.
The SumaGrow® roses were a little bigger and had better color. I made a second application two weeks later and this amplified the effects of the initial treatment. This time I surveyed the root system of the treated versus control and found the SumaGrow® treated roses had an advanced root system.
At this time our container grower came to me and wanted to know what I did to the one bed of roses to make them grow so well. I filled him in and we decided to treat the whole crop. From that point on we treated the whole crop of roses with SumaGrow® at 1 gal/100 gal of water per acre every month for the rest of growing season and the results were excellent. This cut out 75% of the labor while producing a superior rose.
I will continue to use SumaGrow® on the Knock Out roses and plan to trial it on other crops in the future.