Growing Media Buyer's Guide - FarmTek

Growing Media Buyer's Guide

In today's world, growing plants is not as simple as just putting seeds in soil and adding water and light. As technology has advanced, the choices growers are faced with have expanded immensely. Many types of growing media have been developed that include the nutrients necessary for plants to grow. At FarmTek, we offer a variety of growing media for all types of plants and growing methods.

Choosing the Right Growing Medium for Your Needs

Grodan Growing Media: Grodan products are made of molten rock spun into cotton-candy-like fibers and then compressed into cubes, blocks or slabs. Grodan A-Ok Starter Plug sheets are ideal for starting seeds in Standard 1020 flats. Each cell is 1.5" by 1.5", the perfect size for seed and cutting propagation prior to moving the seedlings to Grodan Delta Gro-Blocks™. Before moving seedlings, check to see that the roots coming out of the starter plug are at least 1" long, and then simply place the plug right in the Gro-Block™ hole. Delta 4 Blocks should be used with small plants, such as strawberries and peppers. Delta 6 Blocks are great for growing large fruiting crops, such as tomatoes and cucumbers. Either size is perfect for use in ebb and flow, Dutch bucket and drip hydroponic systems.

Jiffy-7C Coir Pellets: For superior aeration and water retention, grow plants in Jiffy 7-C Coir Pellets. Made from 100% coco substrate that is purified and stabilized, Coir Pellets are peat free. Coir Pellets are based on the proven theory of "container and media in one", as they are wrapped in a biodegradable containment material. Jiffy 7-C Coir pellets are "Certified for Horticulture" according to their RHP certification and face stringent quality control to provide an optimum rooting environment for your plants.

Grodan Delta Gro-Blocks - FarmTek
Grodan Delta Gro-Blocks
Grodan A-OK 1.5" x 1.5" Starter Plugs - FarmTek
Grodan A-OK 1.5" x 1.5" Starter Plugs
Jiffy-7C Coir Pellets - FarmTek
Jiffy-7C Coir Pellets

Wonder Soil® Growing Media: Wonder Soil® is an eco-conscious soilless potting medium made from renewable coconut coir fiber, worm castings, Biosol® natural fertiziler, mycorrhizae, kelp and water-saving polymer crystals. Recommended for both the professional and the hobby grower, Wonder Soil® is a biodegradable potting medium that maximizes growing success, and is available in a variety of forms. For growers short on space, Wonder Soil® is an ideal option as it comes in very small packages that are easy to ship and store. One truckload of Wonder Soil® is needed for every ten truckloads of loose soil, because when water is added, it multiplies to about nine times the volume. After adding water, you will have a soilless medium with a perfect balance of water to air.

Wonder Soil® tends to reduce watering and fertilizing costs by up to 50% and is completely safe for use around children and pets. Made in the USA, Wonder Soil® produces stronger seedlings with larger root systems, as well as healthier transplanted and potted crops. Wonder Soil® is available as wafers, 5 lb. reground bags and bricks. Reground Wonder Soil® is made from wafers that have been reground into thousands of tiny expanding granules. When mixed with grass seed, the reground product is amazing for rapid lawn repair. The Brick Lite® is recommended for larger projects in trafficked areas. Brick Plus® is recommended for larger projects in un-trafficked areas. Both bricks are great for commercial and residential use, greenhouses, high tunnels, landscaping, nurseries, garden centers and more.

Wonder Soil® - FarmTek
Wonder Soil®
Wonder Soil® Reground 5 lb. Bag - FarmTek
Wonder Soil® Reground 5 lb. Bag
Wonder Soil® Bricks Brick Plus - FarmTek
Wonder Soil® Bricks Brick Plus
Wonder Soil® Expanding Wafers - FarmTek
Wonder Soil® Expanding Wafers

Horticultural Perlite - FarmTekHorticultural Perlite: Perlite can be used on its own or mixed with topsoil, potting soil or any other sterile growing media for drip or passive hydroponic systems. Made of chemically inert inorganic material, Perlite will not deteriorate and has a neutral pH. Perlite provides aeration and drainage, yet retains and holds substantial amounts of water that it releases when needed. Due to its superior water-holding capacity, this medium increases the nutrient-holding capacity of plants when water-soluble fertilizers are used. Horticultural Perlite helps plants thrive and improves soil structure, allowing you to keep using the same soil year after year, resulting in healthier crops that require less labor and watering. Perlite is a very lightweight material which will not crush fine stems or root systems, making it ideal for growing delicate plants such as lettuce. It is also sterile, free of disease, weed seeds and insects.

All growing media from FarmTek are environmentally friendly and will help reduce your carbon footprint. No matter what medium you decide to use, make sure to give your plants plenty of water and light for the best results. If you are not sure which medium is best for you, contact us for assistance.

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