Pennsylvania Flower Growers #261
Mountains of mine waste material, commonly known as red ash, have accumulated in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Until recently, this material had been burning—polluting the area with noxious gases—but after considerable state expense the majority of these mine waste fires have been extinguished. To remove these enormous eyesores and to help Pennsylvania recover some of the funds spent on extinguishing processes, methods of utilizing this material must be developed. Previous experiments at The Pennsylvania State University with the growing of roses and carnations in red ash and peat have been successful. However, a major portion of the floriculture industry in Pennsylvania is involved with pot plant production. Since the growing medium is sold with the plant, a critical shortage of inexpensive, readily available soil sup ply is developing. By mixing red ash with peat moss and adding the proper fertilizers, a potting medium might be developed that would relieve this soil shortage and also eliminate a community eyesore.
Keywords: Fertilizers Red ash and peat