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Buying soil for seedlings
The winter is not over yet, and many gardeners are busy with sowing efforts. But how else, because it is time to plant seedlings of vegetable and flower crops. One of the main questions in this period becomes the following: “What mixture is better to buy for seedlings?”.
In most store mixes, high and low peat are used as the main component. As additional elements, it can be added: sand, gravel, turf soil, vermiculite, bark, expanded clay, sawdust hardwood, coconut fiber, micro- and macroelements, humic substances.
When choosing, pay attention to the following factors:
- Cheap soil is often not uniform in structure. There may be visible pieces of wood, pebbles and
Average values of the main parameters:
- Phosphorus – 200-350 mg / l.
- Nitrogen – 150-250 mg per liter.
- Potassium – from 200-350.
- pH – 5.5-7.
- Humidity – 50-55%.
Living Land Terra Vita
Packing on 5, 10, 25 and 50 l. The bag contains instructions for use and information about the manufacturer. I advise you to take only the numbers of the party, where there is a letter A (production of St. Petersburg).
- Nitrogen (NH4 + NO3) – 150 mg / l.
- Phosphorus (P2O5) – 270 mg / l.
- Potassium (K2O) – 300 mg / l.
Many gardeners praised this ground very much until 2016. We only bought it for years, called it the absolute leader. Among the advantages: good permeability, pleasant smell, plants are not sick, planted and forgotten. Unlike many other mixtures, the land does not turn into “liquid cement” after watering. The composition does not need to be diluted, you can immediately apply, scattering on rassadnymi containers. Then the opinion began to change.
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- Nitrogen – 250 mg / l.
- Phosphorus – 400 mg / l.
- Potassium – 500 mg / l.
- pH – 6-7.
This substrate, completely ready to application, is based on top and low peat and sand. The structure is added with dolomitic flour and full mineral fertilizer. Water capacity and breathability are quite good. Pathogenic flora is absent. Packing on 5, 10 and 25 l. Manufacturer – “Fusco”.
According to the statements of many gardeners, there is no need to dilute the composition. Seedlings strong and strong. Varieties and hybrids of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and eggplant grow well.
Composition without lumps, foreign elements and any obscure impurities.
In stores “Leroy Merlin” sell soil Geolia. As I understand it, it is produced specifically for this network. Basis – peat with the addition of biohumus. The consistency is uniform, without garbage. Packing – from 2 to 50 liters.
The composition is not bad, but in terms of nutritional value, some elements are at the lower norm (NH4 + NO3 and P2O5). In particular:
- Nitrogen (NH4 + NO3) – not less than 150 mg / l.
- Phosphorus (P2O5) – not less than 150 mg / l.
- Potassium (K2O) – not less than 220 mg / l.
But there are many important trace elements – B, Mn, Zn, Cu, Co, Fe, Mo. Acidity is normal (from 5.5 to 7.0).
Many gardeners indicate good germination, strong healthy seedlings. There are those who claim as a disadvantage that the composition is poorly saturated with moisture.
The Lenta hypermarket, like Leroy Merlin, went the way of creating its own mass product. The main advantage is an inexpensive price. At the heart of peat.
Such indicators are stated:
- Nitrogen – 180 mg / l.
- Phosphorus – 250 mg / l.
- Potassium – 370 mg / l.
- pH – more than 5.5.
Manufacturers are different. I think it depends on the region: “Ecoprom” (Sverdlovsk region), “AGROTORF” (Leningrad region) and
Manufacturer LLC “Lama Peat”. It seems not the most popular of these, there are not so many reviews about it, but those that are there are not bad. For the price it is more profitable to take in 20 l packages.
Ingredients: lowland peat, riding peat, sand, dolomite flour, complex mineral fertilizer.
The main components of the manufacturer allows a wide range:
- Nitrogen – 150-300 mg / l.
- Phosphorus – 250-400 mg / l.
- Potassium – 250-400 mg / l.
- pH – 5.5-6.5.
At the lower norm, it would be good to have more nitrogen. The soil is moderately wet (not overdried dust), crumbly, uniform, soft. In terms of outsiders lumps, sticks and pebbles everything is fine – they are not.
Of the minuses – a small spread, in the regions it is difficult to find on sale.
Producer “Buysky Chemical Plant”.
The content of the main elements:
- Nitrogen – not less than 100 mg / l.
- Phosphorus – not less than 50 mg / l.
- Potassium – not less than 200 mg / l.
- pH – 5.5-6.5.
For phosphorus and nitrogen, the indicators are lower than those of the competitors under consideration. The consistency is homogeneous, without stones and branches. On average, reviews are not bad, although there are also negative ones. The seedling grows and grows steadily. Also from the obvious advantages – reasonable price.
Peter Peat Universal
- Nitrogen – 170 mg / l.
- Phosphorus – 160 mg / l.
- Potassium – 270 mg / l.
- pH – not less than 5.5.
- Humidity – no more than 65%.
The composition of the riding and lowland peat as a base. Among the advantages – a high content of humic substances. The name of some compositions for an amateur is “Zhirnozem”. In general, the consistency is homogeneous, there are almost no lumps. Sticks can come across, but rarely. Vegetable and flower cultures feel good in it.
Remember that the quality of the soil in the same package may vary from year to year. What is characteristic is usually not for the better. In addition, a lot of fakes on the market recently. Therefore, do not immediately dial in a crowd, but take a sample first of a small amount in a particular store. If the quality is good, there is little garbage, then you can take more.
I have recently met somewhere: up to 70% of samples of packaged soils for seedlings do not correspond to the parameters indicated on the package.