How is your potting machine adjusted?
The sturdiness of the soil in the pot, the water- and air system and for instance the fertilisation are influenced by the way in which you pot. How have you adjusted your machine? How much potting soil goes into a pot? When potting takes place, a number of properties of the potting soil in the pot is determined. The sturdiness of potting is strongly decisive for the way in which the pot ball retains water and admits air. When the pot is filled then it cannot be changed anymore. So it is important that you previously determine with which speed you pot, so that you choose an appropriate substrate for an optimal culture result. Having a sense of potting is history. Measure what can be measured.
Susceptibility to diseases and root necrosis
Unconscious potting too sturdy can lead to culture problems, like necrosis of roots or a culture that is more sensitive for diseases. If you pot consciously, you can avoid this kind of problems. The optimal culture conditions contribute to a favourable culture.
The RHP potting reference indicates the standard compressing of the potting soil. RHP has determined this by measurements during the potting of various potting soils at various cultures in companies in practice.
Measuring and steering yourself
By weighing the pots after filling, you can determine your own sturdiness of potting by a handy use of the spreadsheet. You compare your measuring data to the RHP potting reference standards, through which you get a good view of your current potting behaviour and possible desired adjustments in substrate.
Step by step explanation
In the flyer, it is explained step by step how you can easily measure yourself and how you use the spreadsheet. You can ask an RHP certified company for advice with the results. They gladly advise you at choosing an appropriate substrate, considering properties like stability and water and air household.
The standard compressing of potting soil is indicated with the potting reference. This reference has been determined by measurements at nurseries in practice. Various measurements were executed with various substrates in various cultures. Subsequently it has been determined per potting soil by RHP which pressure must be pursued to attain practical compaction. This pressure resulted in a new value: the RHP potting reference.
The potting reference is a practical tool at determining:
• physical properties in the culture;
• quantity of fertilisers;
• adjustment of recipes that fit to the way of potting and growing;
• soil usage.
Together with the spreadsheet, the potting reference gives insight in the potting behaviour.
Further improvement substrates?
Do you want to adjust recipes, so that they are better adjusted to a certain way of potting and growing? RHP gladly advises you.