Bedding plants

Bedding and patio plants are often sensitive to changes in the environment and cultivation method used. Bedding plants benefit from a soft and finely structured substrate. Our mixtures are composed in such a way that bedding plants have a great base for growth.

Substrate requirements

Bedding plants generally have a short cultivation period. This, however, doesn’t mean the crops don’t have any specific needs in terms of substrates. In fact, a grower can use the composition of the substrate he uses to steer his crops. Compact growth, good water uptake after a period of drought and a sufficient buffer of nutrients with little watering are important traits a crop can have due to the substrate it grows on.

We test the composition of substrates based on:

  • Type of plant material: cutting or plug
  • Type of irrigation system: drip, rain or ebb / flood system
  • Plant characteristics: large evaporator or succulent
  • Optimal pH and EC, required nutrient buffer during cultivation
  • Cultivation duration: a mixture for a short cultivation is subject to different requirements than those for a longer cultivation period
  • Pot size: capillarity of the mixture, firmness of the mixture

Grower's needs

A grower’s own influence such as his potting behavior, climate control, manure tank composition and watering strategy determine the specifications of the mixture.

After we determine what substrate would be best and a grower takes it in to use, we stay close to advice the grower during the cultivation to get the best out of the mixture and the crop. By keeping track of the way a grower pots his plant, for example, we can see if it is necessary to adjust a mixture to make it even more efficient in terms of price / performance.

If desired, we can also assist by thinking about the fertilization. BVB Substrates has its own laboratory (BVB Research) for conducting a 1: 1.5 anslysis and a physical analysis on the substrate.

Read more about BVB Research.

Contact our experts

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