Building the Right Soil for Flowering Plant Production

Homeowners are frequently disappointed when the beautiful flowering plants that they’ve purchased at retail nursery deliver lackluster performance when transplanted in garden soil or in containers. One of the reasons why this happens is that synthetic fertilizer plant products are commonly used in the commercial production of flowering ornamentals. Although plants need nutrients such as nitrogen in order to produce healthy vegetative growth, synthetic nitrogen depletes soils, leaves behind salt deposits, and ultimately dries the soil out to the extent that it retains very little moisture.

Many plants fail to take hold and thrive when removed from their nursery containers and placed in permanent locations. This is called transplant shock, and research has shown that using soil inoculants containing beneficial bacteria reduces transplant shock significantly, making it possible for new plants to get off to the best possible start. Beneficial microbes also promote healthy growth by fixing airborne nitrogen into the root zones of the plants, freeing up other nutrients for plant uptake, suppressing soil borne pathogens, and increasing the soil’s water holding capacity.

Creating a healthy growing environment is just part of maintaining attractive ornamentals, however. Airborne pathogens such as powdery mildew can greatly affect the performance of flowering plants. Because it attacks new growth, it can even cause flower buds to open abnormally or to fail to open at all. Roses, zinnias, cosmos, phlox, and hydrangeas are particularly susceptible to powdery mildew, although it can affect almost any type of plant.

An excellent way to protect your ornamentals from powdery mildew and other possible fungal pathogens is by regular foliar application of terreplenish™, a product that contains several different strains of beneficial bacteria. This product can easily be found where floral supplies or greenhouse growing products are sold.

Another benefit to using terreplenish™ in your home gardening projects is that beneficial microbes serve to stabilize carbon in the soil, creating vibrant, living growing mediums rather than sterile dead zones where no vegetation can thrive without the addition of chemicals. Treating the soil like the living entity that it is will produce better plants, greatly reduce the amount of toxins in our environment, and may even be instrumental in slowing down global warming.

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