Beginner’s Guide To Potting Mixes
Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Potting mix is a growth media, which contains all the essential nutrients for a plant to grow. To grow vegetables and fruits the soil must be nutrient rich. Almost all vegetables and fruits can be grown in pots, grow bags & planter boxes.
This mix is light and porous which allows roots to grow and absorb sufficient nutrients.
For a plant to grow healthy it is important to provide the entire plant nutrient. Each nutrient plays an essential role for the growth of a healthy plant.
Potting mix should contain all the nutrients like macro, micro and trace elements. So always choose the potting mix which contains all the nutrients for the plant.
It can be made out of various combinations
Coco peat and vermicompost,
Cocopeat , vermicompost and red soil
Red soil, plant food and Coco peat
Vermicompost, plant food, cow dung and red soil.
Good plant growth, quality and yield of vegetables can be expected only when we use a high quality nutritional potting mix and apart from the nutrients it’s should be able to retain the water.
When the potting mix is porous it allows the roots to grow to its maximum and able to absorb the nutrients from the potting mix. When coco peat is present, the potting mix helps to retain the water and maintains the moisture in the soil.
Advantages of potting mix:
Nutrition- rich media
Makes soil fertile
Free from weeds
Improves the yield of the plants
Long life-Potting mix lasts for more than 5 years provided,you top up the potting mix with all the nutrient ingredients regularly.