Best Growing Media for Greenhouse Vegetable & Herb Production

Best Growing Media for Greenhouse Vegetable & Herb Production


Hi! In this video today we’re going to
talk about the ideal growing media for growing vegetables and herbs inside a
greenhouse for vegetable production. Some growers prefer using a single media component is our growing media that can include something such as coir or maybe
just perlite or bark. Other growers probably prefer having more components
mixed together to produce an actual mix. So in addition to using those components
they may mix in things such as rice hulls, peat moss, pumice whatever they have available. But
your goal is simple: you want to try to produce a growing media or purchase a
growing media that has good air retention so that your roots can grow
and develop normally in the early crop cycle but yet also has good water
retention. So as a plants get bigger and they need
more water, the water can easily come to them it can be available to them when
needed earlier later in the crop cycle. Now in
the PRO-MIX products basically two products will we recommend. The first we
recommend is the PRO-MIX HPCC MYCORRHIZAE HP stands for high porosity as in high air
porosity and CC stands for chunk coir. The PRO-MIX HPCC MYCORRHIZAE has
25% chunk coir in it as well as perlite, peat moss and we do
put in a starter fertilizer charge that last about a week, limestone and wetting agent. Then the
other component as i mentioned is mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae is a natural fungus
that basically colonizes the root tips and helps bring in water and nutrients
in the plant root system now produce problems with stress relating to
nutrition and obviously water. We like the idea of using a chunk
coir in our product for a couple of reasons: 1-the actual chunk itself retains water
and gives it back to into the growing media as it dries down. So therefore it reduces watering
frequency, see that good water retention in there but although it kind of doesn’t make
sense at the same time because the way the perlite and the coir packs in there
also produces big air spaces so helps improve air porosity you have a mix that
retains a lot of water and simultaneously dries out rapidly PRO-MIX HPCC MYCORRHIZAE is a great
product for basically anything in a 4-inch container or larger that you
would grow inside your greenhouse for vegetable production, anything in the
seed germination i would not recommend using this product for its too coarsed for
that application. Other advantages using a chunk or is that coir itself doesn’t
need a wetting agent to wet up so unlike peat moss were over time the
wedding agent breaks down becomes more difficult to wet with water. When you
have the coir and the peat mixed together it helps to improve overall wettability.
PRO-MIX HPCC is recommended for crops that are basically grown for six months
or longer certainly you can use it for crops that are
produced within a few months but it’s because of the long-term ability of that
that court hold up and the fact that it’s also to help with
improving wettability so i recommend or look to use it for longer term crops. The second product that you can use for
production of greenhouse vegetables and herbs would be PRO-MIX BX MYCORRHIZAE. BX is a finer mix. It doesn’t have chunk coir, but it
still is a basic mix which is what be BX stands for “basic mix” and it contains peat, perlite, vermiculite. Again same starter fertilizer charge, wetting agent and of
course your limestone. MYCORRHIZAE’s in there again for the same reason to
enhance nutrient uptake into the plant roots and help it to cope with stress. Now , PRO-MIX BX can be used for smaller size cells since it’s a little bit finer of a mix you can use in 72 count trays or
larger cell sizes and of course you can use it for any other size crop that
you’re growing whether its larger potted plants maybe gallons or if you’re
looking at bag production that’s fine. PRO-MIX BX will hold up well but again
we recommend that probably in for the production of crops and less than six
months time only because peat will break down over time so the wetting agent so those are your two options for
growing vegetable crops and herbs in your greenhouse. Well thank you for listening to this
presentation! For more information visit our website
follow us on social media

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *