Sun Gro Horticulture Products - Black Gold, Growers Gold, and Sunshine Advanced Mix #4 blog

Sun Gro Horticulture Products – Black Gold, Growers Gold, and Sunshine Advanced Mix #4 is proud to be the premier supplier of the newest retail line of Sun Gro Horticulture products, the leader in high quality consumer potting soils, garden amendments and fertilizers.  Sun Gro knows science and understands consumers with a professional heritage and scientific grounding that’s helped them formulate products to help customers succeed in their garden. You can be sure that all of the Sun Gro products are professional growing media packaged in retail, cost-effective, shipping-friendly bags with clearly marked product information. Turn any package around and you’ll discover the fine print that’s key to a fantastic garden. Whether you are a professional hydroponic grower or a garden enthusiast, Sun Gro has products for you that guarantee your satisfaction: with proof of purchase, Sun Gro will gladly refund the purchase price of any product you are displeased with.

Founded in Vancouver in 1929, Sun Gro has been producing horticulturally sound products for both the professional and consumer horticultural markets for 80 years. Their Black Gold line, known as the brand of choice for the gardening enthusiast, was established in 1985 to create a retail line of organic products for home gardens. Sun Gro’s heritage in the professional market led them to the newest member of Sun Gro’s retail line up, Grower’s Gold. The Grower’s Gold Indoor and Outdoor growing mixes are so unique; they’re referred to as hydro-garden-ponic: pro caliber mixes for hydro style growing. All of the Sun Gro products are perfect for raised garden beds and container gardening. Mix and match the available varieties to create a custom blend for your specific growing needs.

Most of the Black Gold line of natural and organic soils, amendments and fertilizers available are OMRI listed (Organic Materials Review Institute), providing by third party review that the ingredients are acceptable for organic gardening.

The benefits to using organic fertilizers are many but most importantly:

  • *In addition to releasing nutrients, as organic fertilizers break down, they improve the structure of the soil and increase its ability to hold water and nutrients. Over time, organic fertilizers will make your soil–and plants–healthy and strong.
  • *Since they are the ultimate slow-release fertilizers, it’s very difficult to over fertilize (and harm) your plants.
  • *There’s little to no risk of toxic buildups of chemicals and salts that can be deadly to plants.
  • *Organic fertilizers are renewable, biodegradable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

Black Gold products are also Mulch & Soil Council certified. Founded in 1972, the Mulch & Soil Council (MSC) is the national non-profit trade association for all producers of horticultural mulches, consumer potting soils and commercial growing media. The mission of the MSC is to define quality products and promote a fair and open marketplace.

This release comes on the heels of the success of Sun Gro’s original “retail ready” professional growing mix, Sunshine Advanced Mix #4 (OMRI Listed).  This natural and organic growing mix is made from high quality raw materials, is myco-active, and the no-burn formula lets growers dictate their own feeding schedule. As with all of the Sun Gro products, Sunshine Advanced Mix #4 was formulated by a team of professional horticulturists, contains only carefully selected ingredients, and comes in a compressed, 3 cubic foot package.

We are confident that our customers will trust in and enjoy the benefits of the Sun Gro products to ensure beautiful, lush indoor and outdoor gardens.


Sun Gro Horticulture Products Available at

Black Gold All Purpose Potting Soil  This nutrient-rich blend of Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, earthworm castings, compost and perlite/pumice is ideal for house plants, patio containers or hanging baskets. It provides superior moisture retention and excellent drainage and is specially formulated with a controlled release fertilizer to feed plants for up to six months. 

Applications: For planting house plants, patio containers, or hanging baskets. Also great for Living Wreaths and Hypertufa planters.

Black Gold Waterhold Cocoblend Potting Soil(OMRI Listed) This water-retaining container mix combines coconut pith (coir) and Canadian Sphagnum peat moss to give outdoor container plants the advantage against constant exposure to the elements. Added earthworm castings and perlite/pumice make the Waterhold Cocoblend medium perfect for all applications; it’s ready to use straight from the bag.Applications: Use in hanging baskets, container planting or high-heat planting areas for wonderful results.
Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Soil(OMRI Listed) This rich, organic potting soil growing mix is a premium choice for all-purpose gardening applications. 100% natural ingredients consist of earthworm castings, Canadian Sphagnum peat moss and compost. Perlite and/or pumice are added to ensure optimum aeration. OMRI listed for organic production.Applications: Use in hanging baskets, patio containers, herb gardens, vegetable plantings, and anywhere you would like to use an organic soil.
Black Gold Seedling Mix(OMRI Listed) Black Gold Seedling Mix formulated with an organic wetting agent to ensure uniform water penetration and a fine texture to encourage high germination and easy transplanting, this blend of fine grade Canadian Sphagnum peat moss and fine perlite is perfect for germinating seeds in pots, flats and plug trays.Applications: For use as a growing media in germinating seeds in flats, pots, and plug trays.
Black Gold African Violet Picky African violets thrive in this blend of Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, compost, perlite/pumice and earthworm castings. Sun Gro created their African Violet Mix the optimal, rich and porous medium for growing beautiful foliage and flowers.Applications: Use in planting or transplanting all varieties of African Violets.
Black Gold Cactus Mix Sun Gro’s unique combination of perlite/pumice, earthworm castings and compost provides the perfect soil structure and drainage for all types of cacti, bromeliads and succulents. Black Gold Cactus Mix is the first step in creating your own beautiful garden oasis.Applications: For use in planting and transplanting your succulents and bromeliads.
Black Gold Orchid Mix Sun Gro’s premium quality Orchid Mix is a well-blended combination of small bark, Canadian Sphagnum peat moss and perlite and/or pumice. With lime added, it’s ready to use and highly recommended for cymbidiums and other orchids.Applications: A planting media developed specifically for orchids.
Black Gold Peat Moss Plus(OMRI Listed) All the benefits of peat, plus an added organic wetting agent to aid in rewetting. Peat Moss Plus is comprised of 100% Canadian Sphagnum, this is an excellent general purpose soil conditioner for acid-loving plants and is also helpful in seeding or repairing new and existing lawns.Applications: Mix liberally with any soil to improve water retention, soil aeration and to stimulate root development.
Black Gold Garden Compost(OMRI Listed) An organic-rich garden compost ideal for improving soil’s natural structure or for use as above-ground mulch, this mixture of Canadian Sphagnum peat moss and aged compost will improve moisture retention and reduce weeds. OMRI Listed for organic gardening.Applications:Use to amend your garden’s soil or as a mulch.
Black Gold Earthworm Castings(OMRI Listed) This all organic soil amendment is excellent for use as a top dressing. Add to water to make a “compost tea” or mix with soil to improve plant growth. The use of earthworm castings in many of the Black Gold products sets them apart.Applications: Used as a top dressing, a “tea” or as an amendment in your soil.
Black Gold Natural & Organic Soil Builder Blended from rich compost, aged forest products and pH adjusted with lime, this mix will improve the soil in your garden by adding organic matter, promoting proper aeration, and increasing moisture retention and drainage. Use when preparing a new or existing garden bed, or when planting perennials, shrubs or trees.Applications: Use to amend new or existing beds; install trees, shrubs, and perennials; or whenever you need to improve any type of soil.
Black Gold Just Coir(OMRI Listed) Just Coir is a low-salt organic material that is just what its name implies, “Just Coir”, actually coconut pith (coir). We take the highest quality coir available; rinse it with fresh water to reduce salts and then reconstitute it, transforming the difficult-to-use compressed bale into a user friendly ready-to-plant product.Applications: Adding Organic Matter to Garden or Flower Bed, Increasing water-holding capacity to a sandy soil, Blending with other Black Gold ingredients to make your own custom potting soil.
Black Gold Perlite Professional growers and home gardeners use perlite to improve drainage and aeration in any type of soil blend. Perlite’s lightweight characteristics make it an excellent medium for starting seeds and rooting cuttings.Applications: Perlite can be used to start seeds, root cuttings, or store bulbs. It is also a necessary ingredient for making Hypertufa planters.
Black Gold Peat Moss(OMRI Listed) Mix liberally with any soil to improve water retention and aeration. An excellent general-purpose soil conditioner for acid-loving plants, peat moss is also helpful in seeding or repairing new or existing lawns.Applications: Mix liberally with any soil to improve water retention, soil aeration and to stimulate root development.
Black Gold Vermiculite  This naturally occurring material expands into layers under heat to become a highly absorbent, lightweight additive to potting soils and soilless mixes. Its unique characteristics are sterile and neutral ph, which promotes faster root growth and improved anchorage to seedlings. Vermiculite absorbs and holds both moisture and nutrients in the root zone while ensuring consistent aeration. It is recommended for heavy soils and raised beds that may suffer soil compaction over time. When used alone it proves an ideal media for rooting cuttings of all kinds.Applications:Vermiculite has long been used in the horticultural industry, often blended with peat for seed germination. It is used alone for home propagation of plants by striking roots of herbaceous and woody cuttings because moisture retention is so high without compromising aeration of the root zone. For heavy soils, it is mixed in to create channels for drainage and when used in sandy soils it improves water retention. Home gardeners utilize light weight, earth tone vermiculite for organic beds in lieu of white perlite to provide similar qualities in natural soils.
Black Gold Medium Grade Orchid Bark Designed for indoor plants, dish gardens and terrariums, this fir/pine bark is specially graded for uniformity, making it ideal for use in a mix or as a decorative top dressing. Perfect for medium diameter rooted orchids like Odontoglossum types.Applications: The incorporation of orchid bark into your orchid soil is a natural way to increase the air capacity of your mix.
Black Gold All Purpose 5-5-5 Fertilizer(OMRI Listed) Perfect for combinations of vegetables, perennial and annual flowers, fruit trees, vines or ornamental plants. Formulated with a blend of natural & organic nutrients, it contains the three essential elements of plant nutrition: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Apply every 6-8 weeks for a full season of success!Applications: For use in fertilizing your garden or patio containers.
Black Gold Rose & Flower 4-6-2 Fertilizer  Your roses, perennials and annuals will thrive in this blend of natural fertilizers. Phosphorus, the essential nutrient for blooms and root development, is combined with quick-releasing nitrogen for early stem growth. Specially formulated to include alfalfa meal, creating the perfect nutrient match for your flower garden.Applications:For use in fertilizing your garden or patio containers.
Black Gold Tomato & Vegetable 4-5-3 Fertilizer(OMRI Listed) Your edible gardens will thrive with this blend of natural nutrients, offering both quick and slow releasing components, with only one application necessary for most crops. This formula is non-burning, making it safe for your more tender plants.Applications:  For use in fertilizing your garden and patio containers.
Black Gold Citrus, Avocado & Vine 7-3-3 Fertilizer(OMRI Listed) This blend of natural ingredients is a perfect match for citrus, avocados, grapes and fruit & ornamental trees. Developed with high nitrogen content, this formula promotes a balanced growth ratio of plant to fruit. This fertilizer is safe for use with plants in native ground as well as in containers.Applications:  For use in fertilizing your garden or patio containers.
Black Gold Starter & Transplant 3-2-3 Fertilizer(OMRI Listed) Strong root growth after planting is the key to transplanting. Our Starter & Transplant Fertilizer has a balanced, readily available supply of nutrients and Mycorrhizae, expanding the plant’s ability to access nutrients. As new roots develop, the Mycorrhizae grow to maximize the benefit.Applications: For use in fertilizing your garden or patio containers.
Grower’s Gold Indoor Growing Mixhydro∙garden∙ponic High Air capacity growing mix for unbelievable indoor plant performance:

  • Formulated with peat moss and coir to increased water and nutrient holding
  • Coarse grade perlite for optimal air capacity for superior root growth
  • Fortified with both a starter and slow release fertilizer
  • pH adjusted for complete nutrient availability
  • Infused with endomycorrhizae for maximum root growth and disease tolerance
Grower’s Gold Outdoor Growing Mixhydro∙garden∙ponic High Air capacity growing mix for unbelievable outdoor plant performance:

  • Formulated with peat moss and coir to increased water and nutrient holding
  • Enriched with aged bark to add organic matter and improve drainage
  • Coarse grade perlite for optimal air capacity for superior root growth
  • Fortified with both a starter and slow release fertilizer
  • pH adjusted for complete nutrient availability
  • Infused with endomycorrhizae for maximum root growth and disease tolerance
Sunshine Advanced Mix #4(OMRI Listed) Beginning with carefully selected ingredients and formulated by a team of professional horticulturists, the Sunshine Advanced #4 Growing Mix is made from high quality raw materials and provides an ideal growing mix for your indoor and outdoor growing needs.

  • Natural and organic
  • Myco-active
  • Coco coir
  • No Burn formula lets you dictate your own feeding schedule
  • Available in both Ready-To-Use and Compressed packaging formats



22nd March 2013

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