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Offline Lynne Marie

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How nutritious is peat for plants?
« on: 28/02/2016 19:45:49 »
What is the nutritional value of peat (ie. peat moss, sphagnum peat) for plants? Does it have significant amounts of micro or macro nutrients when used in a soil mix?
« Last Edit: 12/03/2016 10:40:46 by chris »


 

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Re: Plant nutrition from peat
« Reply #1 on: 10/03/2016 11:51:27 »
Peat contains little, if any, nutrients or organisms.

It is used as a soil improver, particularly where the soil is heavy and to acidify soil.

Peat based compost is usually around 70% peat + soil and fertiliser. Peat is particularly good at retaining added nutrients.

The problem with using peat, is that it takes 1000's of years for the moss to decompose. A peat bog may add just 1mm of depth per year.
 

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