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Soil Growing

Soil Growing

Soil as used in containers for indoor growing is a very different proposition from soil in the garden. Garden soil is usually far too heavy and dense for indoor use and should be avoided. The best soil to use is that which is formulated and blended specifically for use in pots and containers. Typically this kind of soil mix will contain sand, grit or perlite.

Best types of soil

The best types of soil for indoor growing are generally the lighter, free draining mixes. Loam is not important really, provided that a proper nutrient solution is used throughout the crop. If there is any doubt about which soil to choose we would suggest that two or more types are used and compared. They will perform differently and it will be easy to see which is more suitable for the task in hand.

Gold Bag Special Mix is a blended mix and is designed to offer a maximum ligter structure. This is the characteristic that delivers faster and more vigorous growth, and is a product of the careful professional.

Follow our four easy steps on 'How to pot up in soil' below.

A suitable pot will need to be chosen. Virtually any plastic pot will do provided it has drainage holes underneath and a saucer/tray to stand in. The size of the pot will need to match the eventual size of the plants. For large plants the pot should have a capacity of at least 10L if not larger with 15L.

Many growers like to place a drainage layer in the bottom of the pot. Expanded clay or gravel can be used for this but it is not essential provided the soil mix is free draining.

Moisten the medium thoroughly with a hose or watering can. It is highly recommend using a solution of GreenMyst Humic for this purpose. By adding the concentrated humic and fulvic acids to the soil it is being enriched with the essence of fertility from ancient soil deposits. This will greatly enhance its nutrient profile and can lead to massive improvements in plant vitality and crop performance – definitely a product worth having on hand if you are a soil grower.

Make a suitable hole in the centre of the pot and place your seedling or clone in it. Add more medium as required and rake it around the plant then firm it down gently. Do not compact the soil any more than necessary to support the plant.

Water the new plant thoroughly with a dedicate soil nutrient solution, Ionic for Soil for example, ensuring that the reservoir (saucer/tray), is about ¼ full. With soil, always water from the top, through the medium, until the saucer has a small amount of liquid in it. The saucer should not be full as this will water log the soil. A small amount of liquid will show that soil is moist and as the saucer dries it will show that more watering is necessary. While the plants are small they will probably only require watering every three days or so but they will grow very quickly and before long they will be needing water every day.

It is advisable to flush your pots by watering with a plain tap water, until it runs out at the bottom of the pot, about every three weeks to remove any potential build-up of salts.

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