Lateritic Substrate

Iron laterite soil

General information: Laterites are soil types rich in iron and aluminium, formed in hot and wet tropical areas. Nearly all laterites are rusty-red because of iron oxides. They develop by intensive and long-lasting weathering of the underlying parent rock. Tropical weathering (laterization) is a prolonged process of chemical weathering which produces a wide variety in the thickness, grade, chemistry and ore mineralogy of the resulting soils. The majority of the land areas with laterites was or is between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Cultivation notes : The laterite is rich in iron and partions of it will stick to a magnet. It can be blended with river sand or peat moss to make up aquatic do it yourself substrates. One example of a substrate recipe that works well for many plants at Aquagreen production ponds. The bare pot has a sprinkle of peatmoss, a sprinkle of fine shell grit, covered with 100 mm deep of 50/50 laterite mixed with river sand then topped off with about 20 to 25 mm of river sand.

Distribution : laterite soils are formed over long periods in hot wet dry tropical soils.

Selling details : Sold by weight per kilo