In the zone

Plants love warm roots. Achieve it with root zone heat.


Photo by John Bartok
There are two main parts to plants: roots and shoots. Each has a specific function and requires a different environment for the plant to get maximum growth. Besides support and storage, the function of the roots is to uptake nutrients and water. The root zone environment should be managed just like the above ground shoot area.

John is an agricultural engineer, an emeritus extension professor at the University of Connecticut and a regular contributor to Greenhouse Management. He is an author, consultant and certified technical service provider doing greenhouse energy audits for USDA grant programs in New England. jbartok@rcn.com

January 2023
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