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How do I prepare pots for the plants

Growing outdoors for beginners. If you’re growing in pots, the type and structure of the substrate is up to you. We do however advise a substrate based on peat and not compost for cultivation in pots. Compost based substrates can clog up a pot, which prevents water from draining away. Below you can read more about how to make your plants comfortable.

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Getting rid of excess water.

Too much water is not good. Plant roots don’t respond well to being submerged in water for long. A certain group of bacteria is very happy in water and most disease spreading bacteria are part of this group. So you want to prevent a lot of stagnant water in your substrate. A good atmosphere for roots is moist but not soaking wet. That’s why water needs to be able to pass through the soil in your pots and surplus waters needs to have a way out. We call this ‘drainage’. Make sure your pots have some drainage holes in the bottom. You can further improve drainage by adding a layer of 3 to 6 cm of Euro Pebbles, pottery shards or perlite on the bottom of the pot. This prevents the drainage holes from getting clogged with soil.
 

Substrate.

On top of the drainage layer comes a layer of fresh soil. This will be the substrate that you chose earlier, like Batmix. Don’t fill the pot all the way, because you’ll need room to cover up your plants. Repeat this for all the pots you won’t to fill. They’re now ready for their new occupants.
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