Cauliflower Transplant Production Using Organic Media, 2008
Rangarajan, Anu; Leonard, Betsy; Jack, Allison
INTRODUCTION: Successful transplant production begins with selecting good growing media. Healthy vigorous transplants will be less susceptible to insects, diseases and transplant shock, leading to improved overall crop performance. Formulating organic potting mixes is especially challenging. Organic sources of nitrogen, such as compost, can be inconsistent. Compost chemical, biological and physical characteristics can change over time with storage; as a result, nitrogen (N) mineralization and availability to plants can be unpredictable. An alternative to traditional thermophilic compost is vermicompost. Vermicompost has more soluble nitrogen than thermophilic compost. Past research in the Rangarajan lab has shown improved transplant growth and crop yields with vermicompost compared to thermophilic compost. Other nutrient amendments in organic potting mixes may include alfalfa meal, soybean meal and blood meal. The object of this project is to create an improved potting media for organic vegetable transplant production. Here, we tested five different potting media for growth and productivity of cauliflower.
New York Farm Viability Institute
Cornell University Departments of Horticulture and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
vermicompost; potting media