|Although Mapito has been around for a long time, it seems especially in recent years growers have discovered the advantages of cultivation on this substrate. No wonder, because Mapito is as substrate with a solid structure that possesses an optimal ratio of water and oxygen. This combination provides the basis for very good harvests! Mapito consists of rock wool flakes and PU-flakes (Poly-Urethane). Mapito therefore hardly contains any nutrition, but water and liquid nutrition are stored in it.
Please note that not all Mapito flakes are of the same quality. Some growers try to save money by purchasing Mapito flakes in bulk quantities. Unfortunately, these growers often pretty draw a blank, because it turns out that the crop grows very poorly on it. In such cases, Mapito is a waste product derived from the furniture industry. The foam that is manufactured from petroleum products is also produced for the furniture industry, in order to serve as padding for a bank, for instance. The bits and pieces that are left over after the production process, are crushed to flakes and some people then try to pass it off as Mapito. Do not be fooled by a low price, choose value for your money, rely on quality, and choose for Mapito by Atami. If the substrate is no good to start with, the entire growing process will develop with difficulty. It is well-known that the quality of the plants is for 50% below ground. Therefore, with a large root volume you get a proper plant. When using Mapito that rule applies as well.
Flushing, EC and pH value
Before we can use Mapito, we should rinse it clean first, so as to reduce the EC soil. Another important aspect of growing on Mapito is that the pH value of the substrate has to be monitored thoroughly. For successful growing on Mapito it is best to maintain a pH value in the substrate of between 5.3 and 5.8. Since normal tap water, for example, has a pH value of 7.5, it means that you have to reduce the pH value of tap water. By using pH-min and applying the correct dosage, you can try to get the pH value at its ideal value. We advise measure and monitor regularly. You can often find a lot of information about the pH value of the tap water in your vicinity on the internet.
Available in: bags of 80 liters.