Media and Mixes for Container-Grown Plants

A manual on the preparation and use of growing media for pot plants

  • A. C. Bunt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  16. Back Matter
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About this book

Introduction

The past two decades have seen rapid advances in the technology used to produce pot plants. Glasshouses designed and orientated to give maxi­ mum light transmission, fully automatic heating and ventilating systems, carbon dioxide enrichment of the atmosphere, controlled photoperiods using automatic blackouts and incandescent lamps which enable plants such as chrysanthemum to be flowered at any time of the year, mist propagation techniques, chemical growth regulators which control the height of plants, automatic watering and feeding systems, etc.: these are only some of the developments which have transformed pot plant culture. There have also been many changes in the composts and systems used to grow the plants. Mineral soils, which formed the basis of the John Innes composts, are now either too expensive or too difficult to obtain in suitable quality and sufficient quantity. Consequently the grower has been forced to seek other materials such as peat, perlite, vermiculite, plastic foam, shredded bark, etc. New types of fertilizers, new methods of heat sterilization and new chemical sterilizing agents are also being used.

Keywords

atmosphere carbon development growth nitrogen nutrition paper plants quality soil water

Authors and affiliations

  • A. C. Bunt
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  1. 1.Glasshouse Research InstituteLittlehampton, SussexUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-7904-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-7906-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-7904-1
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