Formula 1 Premium Growing Medium
Freedom Farms Formula 1 is formulated in South Africa to allow more control over the nutrient profile in the substrate than with the fortified Premium Classic blend. With the correct fertilisation regime, Formula1 produces faster plant growth than our other blends, due to its physical properties and type of fertiliser used in the growing medium. The ideal fertiliser for this soil is water soluble inorganic mineral nutrients.
Formula 1 Premium Growing Medium drains much faster than the premium classic medium which makes it ideal for multi-feed systems, where one would be regularly watering. Premium Classic organic blend is formulated in South Africa mainly for organic growing practices and organic nutrients. Compared to the Formula1 mix, the Classic has a greater Cation exchange capacity (CEC), higher active organic matter content, as well as a balanced semi-slow release organic nutrient component. It will also hold water longer than the Formula1 mix. Substrate pH 6.5.
Ingredients: Coco Coir, Worm Castings, Perlite (30%), Volcanic Rock Dust, Bone meal, Gypsum, Fermented probiotic bran.
– Ideal for container growing
– Indoor or Greenhouse cultivation
– High intensity production with automated fertigation
– Balanced nutrient solution input essential
This blend has no additional nutrients apart from our base amendment mixture. The performance of the Formula 1 blend depends on the application of available nutrients in the form of a balanced inorganic nutrient formulation. Application is required with the first watering and subsequent additions according to the plant’s requirement. A leaching requirement or runoff is necessary with every other nutrient application to avoid salt build-up. Water scheduling for this soil will require more regular watering when opting for fast growth.
Ideal watering pH for Freedom Farms Craft Soils:
Ideal pH 5.5 – 6.0
Pure coconut coir has a pH between 5.8 – 6.8. A substrate/soil pH of between 5.5 and 6.5 is ideal for plant nutrient uptake under both organic and inorganic fertiliser regimes.
Freedom Farms Coco coir is buffered and charged with natural amendments. The high Calcium content of our amendments maintains the pH in the 6.5-6.8 range and will prevent a decrease in pH (substrate acidification) resulting from fertiliser application or waterings at a low pH. The soil pH is therefore buffered against decreasing pH.
On the other hand, an incremental increase in pH resulting from tap water (pH 7-8.5) use can cause the soil pH to increase above the optimal range for nutrient uptake. The soil pH is therefore not buffered against increasing pH caused by using un-pH’d tap water. Watering with a pH of 5.5-6.0 will ensure the pH of the soil remains in the optimal range of 5.5-6.5.
About Freedom Farms
Freedom Farms Craft Soils are complete, handcrafted* living soils, formulated* for optimal plant growth and performance in South Africa. Optimising our soils for root health is fundamental in achieving this. Perfectly aerated for optimum oxygen exposure to roots, whilst benefiting from the high water-holding capacity of coconut coir pith. A base mineral blend is added to all our soils to ensure long term Calcium and trace element availability as well as pH stability.
Our Craft Soils are inoculated with probiotics and together with the naturally high diversity of microbes in worm castings, our soils are teeming with beneficial soil and plant microorganisms. This optimises nutrient cycling (organic nutrients) and suppresses soil pathogens, keeping the root zone healthy. Some soils are also supplemented with organic plant macro- and micronutrients for growers that want to depend less on additional inputs, whilst still reaping the full benefits. We take meticulous care in sourcing, formulating, preparing and blending the components of our Craft Soils.
*Handcrafted – We blend in small batches and have a hands-on approach every step of the way to ensure product consistency.
*Formulated – Both the physical and nutritional aspects of our soils are based on specific recipes which apply to specific requirements of different plant types or nutrient management systems.
All ingredients in our Craft Soils are 100% Natural.
A range of Craft Soils for the connoisseur, the gardener that requires optimal plant growth that can’t afford to skip a beat in production. Each ingredient in our craft soils can be viewed as a different musical note and when played together in a balanced ratio, creates a symphony reflected as vigorous and healthy plant growth, with greater pest resistance.
**Similar to BioBizz All Mix or Fox Farm growing medium.