By Dan Jacques and Ron Walden, Sun Gro Horticulture –
The major role of a growing mix is to support the plant, while holding water and nutrients for the plant to use during growth. There are five main components commonly used in making growing media: peat moss, bark, coir, perlite and vermiculite. This article describes the components and outlines desired properties of mixes for various uses in greenhouse production.
Large, coarse perlite alone may not be the best aggregate for a peat-based growing medium. In general, a mix of different sizes is desirable to provide uniformly distributed air spaces and to avoid the negative aspects of the ‘sand & rocks effect’ or in this case the ‘peat and rocks effect.’ How do sand and rocks relate to a growing medium? You’ve probably seen the demonstration (often used in time management presentations). –Kathryn Louis Read More in The Sun Gro’er Issue 5/1 (2010) Leer más en The Sun Gro’er Issue 5/1 (2010) Spanish/Español