The negative effects of peat usage as a substrate in hydroponics system

The negative effects of peat usage as a substrate in hydroponics system

Hydroponics systems widely use peat as substrate and can easily be found at affordable prices by growers making it a popular choice. Peat is also a favorite in traditional gardening due to some its attributes such as, providing aeriation in soil plant bed, absorbs moisture meaning soil wont easily dry out which all make it a grower’s top choice. It also has a high acidic content which aids in the growth of acid loving plants such as Tomatoes, Berries and Potatoes.

Unfortunately, the usage of peat has its downfalls too, a huge problem that we face are the harmful pathogens released from peat. The disease powdery scab is well known to growers of Solanaceae, (plants such as Peppers, Tomatoes, Aubergine and Potatoes) and is a result of a pathogen known as Spongospora Subterranean. It can survive in peat for 10 or so years, infecting the plants it comes into contact with and thus creating a substandard crop and a loss of profits to growers. Leaving us with the necessity to change the substrate after each growth cycle, and even with these measures put into place it cannot be guaranteed that they will be able to produce a viable yield. The aforementioned pathogen has a proclivity for rapid growth in a short time span and thrives in the same growing conditions as plant life such as potatoes.

The use of peat or any similar substrate could become detrimental to the finances of any grower in the long run with an uncertainty surrounding viable crops, and also to the sustainability of our global ecosystem’s well being. As a company that strives to help maintain a balanced ecologically friendly planet, we offer a solution to both increased greenhouse gasses and the unreliability that comes with growers using peat in farming, increasing profitability. Our company has designed and created an eco-innovative growing technology to help with these measures.

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