Table 4: Physical and physicochemical characteristics of the growing media used (at transplant).

Growing mediumpHECBulk
dry density
Easily available waterShrinkage
(dS m−1)(g cm−3)(%V)(%V)

Acceptable range (1)5.2–6.5<0.5≤0.420–30<30

SSC0 5.80c0.45e0.28c13.71a15.87a
SSC256.36b1.52d0.35b12.01a14.97a
SSC406.50b2.15c0.39b6.01b14.10b
SSC556.85a2.85b0.45ba5.86b13.40c
SSC706.90a3.80a0.55a5.06b13.01c
Significance*******

(1): ideal substrate. Data are mean values, .
In each column different letters indicate significant differences for (test S.N.K.).
indicates difference at ; indicates difference at .