El Mundo de las Turbas: Turba Rubia y Turba Negra

The world of mobs: blonde peat and black peat

In the world of crop and gardening, the substrate is essential. But did you know that not all substrates are the same? Among the most valued and used substrates in the world of gardening we find mobs. But what exactly and why are they so popular?

What are mobs?

The mobs are organic substrates formed from the partial decomposition of plant materials in wet conditions and with low oxygen concentration. These conditions occur in peat bogs, swampy and acid environments where decomposition is slow, resulting in the accumulation of organic matter over time.

Troub advantages

  1. Moisture retention: Mobs are ideal for those crops or plants that need to maintain a constant level of moisture. Its ability to retain water is exceptional, which makes them ideal for regions with dry climates.
  2. Aeration: Despite their ability to retain water, mobs allow adequate aeration. This is essential for the health of roots and to prevent fungal diseases.
  3. Acidity: Most mobs have an acidic pH, which makes them ideal for plants that prefer this type of soil.

Blonde turba vs. Black mob

  • Blonde peat: Coming from the upper part of the peat bogs, this peat has a light brown color and a fibrous structure. It is ideal to improve aeration and drainage in substrates, and is often used in germination mixtures.

  • Black mob: Extracted from the deepest layers of the peat bogs, it has a dark and densest texture. Its high water retention capacity makes it perfect for plants that require more moisture.

Environmental considerations

Although mobs are highly beneficial for cultivation, it is essential to take into account the environmental impact of their extraction. The bogs act as carbon sinks, and when extracted, CO2 is released. In addition, they are essential habitats for various species. Therefore, it is crucial to seek and support sustainable peat extraction practices.

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