Hydroponics & Sphagnum Peat Moss

Overview

Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants without soil. Several alternatives to soil are available, including sphagnum peat moss, which is a medium that provides adequate water and support for the plant.

Description

A standard hydroponic setup works by releasing a nutrient solution into a growing medium. The plant is situated within this medium and absorbs the nutrients. The solution drains through and ends up in a reservoir. A pump recycles the solution and repeats the process.

Features

Sphagnum peat moss is a soil conditioner that improves aeration and water retention. It has sponge-like material that absorbs large amounts of water.

Advantages

Sphagnum peat moss can plug up lattice or net-pots that are used to grow hydroponics. It slows the rate at which the nutrient solution flows into the reservoir.

Disadvantages

Sphagnum peat moss decomposes over time, causing particles to lodge in the pump or drip system of the hydroponic setup.

Considerations

Sphagnum peat moss needs to be soaked in water for one hour before applying it as the medium for the hydroponic plant.

References

  • Hydroponics Growing Solutions: Hydroponics Set Up
  • Greenhouse Product News: Alternative Hydroponic Substrates
Keywords: hydroponic medium, sphagnum peat moss, hydroponic sphagnum medium