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TERRA InfoPaperWant to know more about CANNA TERRA? In this Infopaper we explain everything you want to know about growing plants in a potting mix. Growing in a potting mix is generally the easiest way to grow.

Potting mixes, general info

Potting mixes, general info

Not all potting soils are suitable for cultivating short cycle crops, even less for long-term crops. The three most important factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a potting mix are structure, pre-fertilization and relative pH. Good pre-fertilizing and proper pH adjustment are critical for a successful harvest. Potting soil, rock wool and coco are the three most important growing medium for fast growing plants. The big advantage in using potting soil is it’s ease of use, it’s buffering capacities, and it’s forgiving nature.

Contents of potting soil

Contents of potting soil

The structure of potting soil determines how much water and air are available to the roots. Air is important for the roots’ oxygen supply and for the micro-organisms in the root environment.

Different types of high peat

Different types of high peat

There are many different types and qualities of high peat available. The characteristics of peat depend, among other things, on the depth from which it occurs, the method of extraction and climatic circumstances in the peat region. Working through the peat profile from the top down, we find the following types:

CANNA TERRA nutrients and potting mixes

CANNA TERRA nutrients and potting mixes

Since their launch, Terra Vega and Terra Flores have become the most used nutrients worldwide for cultivating short cycle, fast growing plants in mineral soils and improved soiless mixes.

Using potting mixes

Using potting mixes

Peat is naturally quite acidic (pH 3.5-4.5) so lime must be added to raise the pH. Off the shelf, most potting mixes contain lime. The amount of lime that must be added depends on the composition of the peat. For example, garden peat always needs more lime than peat litter to raise the pH.