House & Garden Bat-Special - Soil and Guano Mix - 50 litre

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  • Formed from decomposed German Black and Baltic White peat
  • Light and airy – roots love it!
  • Contains perlite for excellent drainage and oxygenation
  • Massively reduces the likelihood of encountering root rot
  • Added lime to stabilize pH levels
  • Enriched with Bat Guano for optimal plant nutrition

Harnessing the Power of Bat Guano!

Bat-Special contains a blend of decomposed peat, perlite, lime and bat guano, providing lots of aeration for roots, excellent drainage, stabilised pH levels and a highly effective source of nutrition.


How House & Garden Bat-Special Works

The research and development team at House & Garden have decades of experience in the professional horticultural industry. Over the years, they've been gradually tweaking this soil mix to ensure that it has all of the qualities needed to optimize growth - excellent drainage, stable pH levels, plentiful oxygen and an enriched source of slow-release nutrition.

The bulk of Bat-Special is made up of two types of decomposed peat: German Black and Baltic White. German Black Peat has a fine consistency, whereas Baltic White tends to be chunkier and spongier. The two combined create a perfect balance, with a nice, airy conistency. These properties are further enhanced with supplementary perlite, which is a natural soil addition derived from volcanic glass. Perlite is highly permeable – meaning that water passes through it easily. This low water retention allows nutrients to drain more freely through containers, leaving small pockets of air that increase aeration and improve nutrient uptake. This, in turn, lowers the risk of root disease and promotes all-round healthier plants with bigger yields and an increase in quality.

House & Garden Bat-Special contains added bat guano. Guano breaks down slowly, releasing macro and micro-nutrients while protecting roots and combatting pathogenic fungi. Additional fertilizer with an initial NPK ratio of 14-16-18 is also included, taking the EC level of the mix to between 1.2 and 1.5. For this reason, Bat-Special is best used when re-potting for the later vegetative or bloom stages, when plants can comfortably make full use of the additional feed. For very young plants, use a lighter mix such as Plant Magic Plus Soil Supreme, available here.

Bat-Special is free of weeds, pathogens, pests and nematode worms, so you can pot-up with the knowledge that you won't be introducing unwanted pests and problems to your indoor garden, as is so often the case with low-grade alternatives.

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1 x 50 litre bag of House & Garden Bat-Special

Using House & Garden Bat-Special

Bat-Special is very easy to use. Use it to fill your chosen container, plant your cutting or seedling into it and soak the substrate with plain water that's been pH adjusted to around 6.5, allowing for plenty of run-off. Always ensure that the underside of the container can drain freely and that it doesn't sit in any run-off for extended periods of time. This will starve the root-zone of oxygen and cause issues with rot and disease. Wait until the soil-mix gets a little dry before watering again. Bat-Special has enough food in it for 3-4 weeks growth, though this will depend on the plant species and the quantity of nutrient that it uses. As always, read your plants and look for signs that they requires more fertilizer before starting with your nutrient regimen. Underfed plants will have pale, yellowish leaves and overfed plants will have much darker leaves that start to show burning at the tips. The trick is to look for signs that point you in the right direction without reaching either of these two extremes. It is advisable to introduce nutrients gradually. Use at half strength or below and work your way up while getting a feel for what your plants are using at a given time.

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