Growing substrates play a key role in increasing nursery efficiency. It is, therefore, very important to choose the right substrates to optimize water use, reduce agrochemicals, and improve soil fertility for more sustainable production.
In addition, growing media also influences the improvement of root structure as well as rooting rates in the nursery, which helps increase plant survival. Here, we present growing media, what they are, their physical characteristics, and the benefits they offer for the optimal development of plants.
What is growing media, and what is it used for? Also called "substrates," growing media are materials other than the soil in which the plants grow and which are mainly used in hydroponic systems.
They are used for growing a wide variety of plants, such as vegetables, fruits, shrubs, floriculture, and even ornamental tree plants. The main function of growing media is to provide the necessary moisture and oxygen to the roots of plants, as well as to support their weight and keep them in an upright position.
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