PROPAGATION OF PLANTS IN SPHAGNUM PEAT INSTEAD OF IN STEAMED SOIL
Many gardeners make their own compost, thus securing an excellent soil for propagation. It is, however, a prime requirement that the soil be steamed (or disinfected in some other way). After disinfection of the soil, it is usually necessary to take special measures to avoid reinfection. Under conditions prevailing in Norway, the soil must be carefully covered so as not to freeze during the winter. There are many problems connected with the storing, which must be safe and at the same time provide easy access to the soil. Moreover, the work involved in the steaming process and the fact that few gardeners to-day manage to produce sufficient compost soil, have caused a rising interest in other media for propagation.
At Kvithamar we have for the last 20 years sown seeds of vegetables and flowering annuals in sphagnum peat. Experiments have been made with various degrees of admixture of sand,
Roll-Hansen, J. (1966). PROPAGATION OF PLANTS IN SPHAGNUM PEAT INSTEAD OF IN STEAMED SOIL. Acta Hortic. 4, 158-159