Gardening is considered by some serious growers to be an art, and if they’re growing on a large scale, it may also be a living. This inspires some growers to look for better ways to grow their plants and ensure they’re able to give them the right nutrients at the right time, and sometimes soil isn’t giving them what they’re looking for.
It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that a gardener forgo soil completely for their grow, but here are some of the problems a professional horticulturalist may have with soil:
Pests: While growers can amend soil and add nutrients and beneficial bacteria to work towards making it as robust as possible for the plants, pests will still find a way in. While pests like aphids are easy to see and identify, underground pests like cutworms and wireworms cause greater havoc by attacking roots, bulbs, and germinating seeds.
Weed seeds: Soil in the garden is great for growing, but it doesn’t matter what it is – vegetables, fruits, or weeds. Weeds are less picky about where they grow, and if they find good soil, all the better for setting up shop and making plenty of extra seeds. When amending or tilling the soil, these seeds are further worked into the ground around the plants and will get transported with the soil.
Bacteria: While there are beneficial bacteria that help plants at the root-level, there is harmful bacteria as well that can cause disease in the plant’s tissue – also at the root level – and in the worst cases can be harmful to humans as well.
Drainage: When planting in the ground, drainage issues can happen even when the soil has been tilled and well amended. Depending on the amount of activity in the garden (walking, kneeling, or animals wandering) soil can become compacted; the loose soil may also inadvertently have a layer of solid, clay-heavy soil underneath. Drainage issues affect the garden by being slow to evaporate, leaving the plants vulnerable to disease.
These are all worst-case scenarios – most hobby gardeners may run into one or two of these issues, take care of it, and still have a good harvest at the end of the season. For professional growers, their agriculture is what they depend on, so taking a chance on soil that could end up ruining even a portion of their grow This is where soilless growing mediums come into play for agriculturalists that want to start with a blank slate where they control how much water, and what nutrients, the plants get from germination until harvest.
A soilless medium is a mix of mediums like peat, coco coir, and basalt that can be used in a hydroponic system or in pots and is free of contaminants, has great aeration and drainage abilities, and can allow the grower to apply whatever mix of nutrients they feel is right for their crop.
Royal Gold features a soilless mix called Tupur, which contains coco fiber, aged forest materials, perlite, and basalt. It was designed with the idea feeding the plants as much and often as possible, and it can be watered up to 6 times a day, which makes it ideal for grows with an automated watering systems. Royal Gold Tupur is also good to use in hand watered container gardens, with organic OR conventional feeding programs – showing just how flexible a soilless grow can be, which makes the grower very, very happy!
If you’re ready to take control over exactly what nutrition your plants get – whether you garden as a hobby or a profession - Royal Gold Tupur will take your garden to the next level.
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