SUSTAINABLE PEAT ALTERNATIVE GROWING MEDIA

N. Gruda
Increasing environmental awareness among consumers, the constant despoiling of ecologically important peat bog areas and the pervasive waste problem has forced the horticultural industry to consider certain changes. Consequently, numerous plant substrates have been introduced worldwide. However, a substrate should be widely available as well as standardized and plant growth-promoting.
Wood materials are sustainable, renewable natural resources and over the course of the last two decades their physical, chemical, and biological properties were improved and the industry has been producing valuable growing media alternatives to peat. In conclusion, it can be stated that it is possible to use wood fiber substrates in soilless culture. However, a proper scheduling of irrigation and technology manage-ment are crucial for the optimization of air composition in the root zone and an appropriate plant growth.
Gruda, N. (2012). SUSTAINABLE PEAT ALTERNATIVE GROWING MEDIA. Acta Hortic. 927, 973-979
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.927.120
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.927.120
soilless cultivation, wood fiber
English

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