This publication describes studies comparing different brands of commercial soilless mixes for growing healthy Arabidopsis plants. We recommend fine textured germination mixes such as Pro-Mix PGX and Metro Mix Redi-earth. This update removes the statement that Fafard mixes seemed unsuitable, as our more recent experience with their Super-fine Germination Mix has given excellent results.
This document is one entry in a series of questions and answers originally posted to the Purdue University Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture’s Plant Growth Facility Web site [http://www.hort.purdue.edu/hort/facilities/greenhouse/101exp.shtml] regarding best practices for Arabidopsis thaliana growth. Digital images showing treatment differences are included. A summary of recommendations; materials and methods description; and references list are available in separate documents.
Arabidopsis, growing methods, greenhouse methods, greenhouse protocols, greenhouse best practices, Purdue methods, calcined clay, Turface, sub-irrigation, primary color fluorescent, plant growth chambers, plant lighting
Date of this Version
Apr 26 2012 (withdrawn)
October 28, 2008
Eddy, Robert and Hahn, Daniel T., "101 Ways to Try to Grow Arabidopsis: What Soil Mix Worked the Best in This Study?" (2012). Purdue Methods for Arabidopsis Growth. Paper 2.