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Growing medium, is the material in which plants are grown in hydroponic systems or pots. It serves as a support structure for the roots and provides aeration, water retention, and nutrient availability. Here are some common types of growing mediums used in hydroponics And pots:
Rockwool: Rockwool is a popular and widely used growing medium. It is made from spun mineral fibers and comes in various forms such as cubes, slabs, or loose-fill. Rockwool provides excellent water retention while also allowing for good oxygen exchange. It is pH neutral and can be used for a wide range of plants.
Coco Coir: Coco coir is derived from the fibrous husk of coconuts. It is a sustainable and renewable option that offers good water retention and aeration properties. Coco coir is lightweight, pH neutral, and provides a suitable environment for root growth. It is often used in combination with other growing mediums.
Expanded Clay Pebbles: Expanded clay pellets, also known as hydroton or clay pebbles, are lightweight and porous. They provide good aeration and drainage while retaining some moisture. Clay pellets are reusable and can be used in various hydroponic systems, including flood and drain or drip systems.
Peat based soil: Peat based soil is derived from decomposed sphagnum moss. It has high water-holding capacity and good aeration properties. Peat moss is often used in soil mixes or as a component in growing media formulations.