Role of wetting agents

A wetting agent facilitates the uptake of water during initial wetting and optimises the movement of water in the substrate which improves the re-wetting of over-dry plants.

How long is the starter fertiliser effective?

We add our own starter fertiliser to Kekkilä Professional substrates to secure the basic nutrient levels. It is very important to compensate the nutrients that plants take from the substrate. The plants’ needs vary depending on plant type and species, pot size, irrigation and local conditions such as season and climate.

Why we declare pH and EC in 1+5

The pH measures how alkaline or acid the substrate is, while the EC level tells the level of dissolved salts, thus indicating the availability of nutrients. There are many different methods for measuring pH and EC. Each method implies what liquid and how much of it is used to dilute a certain amount of the substrate. This means that each method can give a different result for the same substrate. It is important that we know the method in question when we talk about specific values.

All nutrients are essential for optimal growth

Plants require nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulphur in greater quantities, hence they are called macronutrients. The ones called micronutrients – iron, boron, manganese, zinc, copper and molybdenum – are required in smaller quantities but are essential for plant growth.