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Horticulture Testing Terminology from Agri Analysis, Inc.

Horticulture and Horticulture Testing Terminology from Agri Analysis, Inc. Horticulture is the science and art of growing fruit, flowers, ornamental plants, vegetables and the cultivation of plants. Horticulturists work in plant propagation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering.

Agri Analysis, Inc. can test any of the following materials for nutrient value:

- Soil
- Potting Soil
- Soiless Media
- Fertilizer
- Organic Fertilizer
- Fertigation
- Water Quality
- Hydroponic Solutions
- Compost

 

Soil

Soil or field soil, refers to the naturally occurring, uppermost portion of the land that contains a water or moisture content, minerals and organic material that can be utilized for plant growth. In addition it is home to several soil macro and microorganisms that are involved in essential soil biological processes. Variations in soil properties can influence plant quality.

Potting Soil

Is nutrient enriched soil suited for potted plants designed to boost plant growth.

Soiless Media

Soilless media is a man-made product used for growing potted or greenhouse plants. It is typically a sterile, nutrient enriched material that may contain polystyrene beads, peat mosses as well as small amounts of bark, perlite and vermiculite. Soilless media lacks the weight of natural soils and feels much more "fluffy".

Fertilizer

A fertilizer refers to any product added to a soil or plant with the intended purpose of increasing nutrients. Fertilizers can be solid, liquid or gases. Inorganic fertilizers have been made with chemicals to supply nutrients. Organic fertilizers have been produced from organic sources and typically have lower available nutrients than inorganic fertilizers.

Organic Fertilizer

Materials found in nature containing nutrients necessary for healthy plant and or turfgrass growth.

Fertigation

The application of fertilizer by using a liquid medium under controlled conditions.

Water Quality

Unlocking the chemical composition and properties of water.

Hydroponic Solutions

Hydroponic solutions refer to aqueous, enriched mineral nutrient solutions used for growing plants without soil.

Compost

Compost refers to the resulting product following the decay of organic material. The organic material can include plant vegetation, fruit and vegetable waste as well as bark, among other things. The decaying process results in an increase in level of essential plant nutrients. Nutrient content can vary according to the organic material present as well as the maturity of the compost. Compost is typically used as an organic soil amendment.

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