Growing in natural soil

Natural soil is renowned for its ability to deliver a rich mix of minerals, organic matter, and microorganisms essential for the healthy growth of plants. This living system not only promotes strong root development and plant growth but also enhances the natural resistance of plants to diseases and pests. DutchGrow has recognized this natural potential and offers products like DutchGrow Terra, a line of fertilizers specifically designed to stimulate the explosive growth and rich flowering of fast-growing plants in various soil mixes.

Advantages of Growing in Natural Soil

One of the greatest advantages of growing in natural soil is its buffering capacity. Natural soil can retain nutrients and gradually release them to the plants, reducing the risk of overfeeding. This makes it a forgiving medium for both novice and experienced growers. With products like DutchGrow Roots, an effective root stimulator, growers can further support the development of their plants in the initial phase, resulting in a more robust and healthier crop.

Challenges and Solutions

While natural soil offers numerous benefits, it also comes with its own set of challenges. Variability in soil quality and the presence of unwanted pathogens or weed seeds can pose problems. DutchGrow offers answers with their Clean and Enzyme products. DutchGrow Clean ensures a clean and optimal irrigation system, while DutchGrow Enzyme aids in breaking down dead plant residues and keeping the growing medium free of harmful microorganisms.

For Which Crops?

Natural soil is exceptionally suited for a wide range of agricultural crops due to its ability to provide essential nutrients and a favorable environment for growth. However, for optimal results, it's important to match the use of natural soil to the specific needs of the crops. Below are some recommendations for crops for which natural soil is particularly well-suited:

  1. Food Crops: Natural soil, enriched with organic matter, provides an excellent foundation for a variety of fruits and vegetables. This includes tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, and strawberries, all of which thrive in well-aerated, nutrient-rich soil. For these crops, it's essential to improve soil quality with compost and organic fertilizers, such as those from DutchGrow, to optimize nutrient balance and moisture retention.
  2. Cereal Crops: Crops like wheat, corn, and rice need extensive fields with deep, fertile soil for their root systems. Natural soil rich in organic material supports the extensive growth of these crops by providing a continuous supply of nutrients and adequate water retention. The use of DutchGrow Terra products can help stimulate growth and increase yields by providing essential nutrients tailored to the crops.
  3. Fiber Crops: For the cultivation of fiber crops like cotton and hemp, which rely on deep, fertile soil for high fiber production, natural soil is ideal. Improving soil structure and fertility with natural enrichments can significantly enhance the quality and quantity of the fibers produced.
  4. Oil Crops: Soybeans, canola, and sunflowers, used for the production of vegetable oils, thrive in well-drained, fertile soil. Enriching the soil with organic matter and tailored nutrition, as offered by DutchGrow, can optimize oil production and improve the overall health of the crop.
  5. Ornamental Crops: For landscaping and horticulture, ornamental plants depend on rich, well-cultivated natural soil for flowering and growth. Adding organic material and using specific nutrients can increase the aesthetic value of these plants.
  6. Forage Crops: Alfalfa and clover, essential for livestock feed, benefit significantly from nutrient-rich natural soil, which supports their growth and nutritional value.

For all these crops, proper management of soil quality, through organic enrichment and tailored nutrients, is crucial for success. DutchGrow's products like Terra Grow and Terra Bloom, as well as their root stimulators and enzymatic preparations, are designed to enhance natural soil quality and ensure healthy growth across a variety of crops. Matching the use of natural soil to the specific needs of each crop can lead to higher yields, better quality, and more sustainable agricultural practices.

How to Grow in Potting Soil or Natural Soil

Growing plants in both natural soil and potting soil requires careful consideration of the growth stages and the specific needs of the plants at each stage. DutchGrow offers a range of products designed to support the health and growth of plants at different stages. Here's a guide on how to grow in natural soil and potting soil, and which DutchGrow products you need at each stage:

Natural Soil

  1. Preparation and Rooting: When growing in natural soil, start by preparing the soil by loosening it and enriching with organic material if necessary. In this stage, using DutchGrow Roots is advisable, an effective root stimulator that increases plant resistance and helps new cuttings or young plants quickly establish.
  2. Growth Phase: During the growth phase, plants need nutrients that support the development of stems and leaves. DutchGrow Terra Grow is ideal for this phase, as it is specifically tailored to the needs of fast-growing plants, ensuring explosive growth.
  3. Flowering Phase: When plants enter the flowering phase, it's time to switch to DutchGrow Terra Bloom, which provides the right nutrients for flower and fruit development. For an extra boost, you can add DutchGrow PK 13/14, a flowering stimulator that promotes fruit formation.

Potting Soil

  1. Preparation and Rooting: Just like with natural soil, start by preparing the potting soil by moistening it and ensuring good drainage. DutchGrow Roots can also be used here to stimulate root development and give the plants a healthy start.
  2. Growth Phase: In pots, DutchGrow Terra Grow provides the necessary nutrients during the growth phase. Because potting soil can vary in nutrient content, it's important to closely monitor nutrition and moisture levels.
  3. Flowering Phase: For potted plants entering the flowering phase, DutchGrow Terra Bloom supports the development of flowers and fruits. Supplementing with DutchGrow PK 13/14 ensures optimal flowering and fruit setting.


DutchGrow Clean can be used throughout the growth process to keep the irrigation system clean and free of clogs. DutchGrow Enzyme helps break down dead plant residues and improve soil structure, essential for both natural soil and potting soil.

By using the right DutchGrow products in accordance with the plant's growth phase, you can maximize the health and productivity of your plants, whether growing in natural soil or potting soil.

Comparison with Coco Coir and Hydroponics

While natural soil offers its unique benefits, coco coir and hydroponics are popular alternatives that provide growers with more control over nutrient and water management. However, these methods require more knowledge and accuracy in managing nutrients and pH levels. DutchGrow's range also supports these cultivation methods, with products such as PK13/14, a flowering stimulator that increases the yield and quality of flowering plants, and XL, an advanced flowering stimulator specifically aimed at fruit development.

Soil: A Natural Choice

Opting to grow in natural soil is a choice that offers many benefits for both the plant and the planet. DutchGrow products enhance these benefits by supporting the natural growth and flowering processes of plants while also providing practical solutions for the challenges that natural soils can present. With a conscious choice for natural soil and the right support, growers can enjoy successful and sustainable cultivation.