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Examine the (Almost) Essentials: Silicon

Examine the (Almost) Essentials: Silicon

Silicon is not considered an essential element for plants because not every plant needs silicon to live or thrive. But for some plants, silicon is a life or death matter. Plants like horsetail in the Equisetaceae family require silicon to live. In other plant...
Soil Science: Too Much of a Good Nutrient Can Be Bad

Soil Science: Too Much of a Good Nutrient Can Be Bad

If essential nutrients are really essential for healthy plant growth and development, more is better, right? Not so fast. We’ve all heard warnings about high-nutrient fertilizers having the potential to “burn” young plants. This is particularly true for chemical...