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Horticultural peat

Loose black peat

Black peat is of botanical origin. Black peat consists of a mixture of moderately and above average decomposed residues of different types of mosses and herbs. Black horticultural peat is collected from the surface of the peat layer using a mechanical cutting method. The black peat is collected using a combined pneumatic and mechanical collecting method. The combined collecting method ensures a more suitable structure for the collected peat (mainly the fraction of 0–10 mm) and lower dust content.

Black horticultural peat is primarily used in the production of substrates and planting soil. Unpackaged black peat in large quantities is transported mainly by ship, but smaller amounts (70–90 cbm) of dry peat can also be transported with special trucks. Generally, unpackaged black peat is unscreened. Unpackaged black peat has the following main characteristics:

1. Degree of decomposition H5 to H8 on the von Post scale.
2. pH (in CaCl2) 4.0 – 5.0.
3. Water absorbency 400-600 ml/100g.
4. Minimum dry organic matter content 90%.
5. Water content 40-60%.
6. Volume weight 200-400 kg/cbm.