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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 44

Motivating Plant Growth With Your Heating System

Jim Rearden

pp: 364-366


Plants exist in several temperature microclimates simultaneously. A microclimate is defined for this paper's purpose as a small environment that is confined by the structure of the greenhouse, the structure of the plant, and the root zone.

The primary aim of this paper is to heighten the reader's awareness of the existence of these microclimates and to outline the tools that are available today to control the temperature in each. It is essential to understand that providing the optimum temperatures to all the plant's microclimates is essential to achieving maximum quality and production.

To create a reference point for this, I suggest that you try to understand the way a specific plant evolved in nature. Very often this simple approach will yield a very good recipe for creative use of the tools that are available for this purpose. To illustrate the impact microclimate temperature control can have, I asked several growers for feedback as to what effect this approach

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