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potting soil

Is it true that plants roots are able to find their own micronutrients thus its not important to get enriched potting soil any regular potting soil will do as long as we add time released fertiliser ? If so had used jobe sticks for tomato plants in the past but they still just did not grow ?

Submitted: 01:33AM, 22 Sep 2017
Answer: Hi Rajat,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

Plant roots certainly look out for nutrients in the soil/potting mix with their minute root hair. They can only absorb those nutrients in the soil/potting mix that are available in a certain form and when the soil/potting mix is between a certain pH level. Hence considering a good potting mix or soil with appropriate nutrients and pH is important for healthy plants. So to answer your question, yes it is true that plant roots try and find micro-nutrients, but if they are not available in the soil or potting mix then they will be deficient of those nutrients.

For tomatoes consider a potting mix such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter or if you are planting them in soil then add Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser when preparing the beds or at intervals of every 6 to 8 weeks.

Hope this information is helpful, if you have further queries do let us know.

Kind regards,

Eric
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 08:47AM, 22 Sep 2017

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