Address: 17 Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny, Arkhangelsk 163002 Russian Federation. Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V.Lomonosov. Office 1425

Phone / Fax: (818-2) 21-61-18



On the Use of Vermicompost in Forestry

Версия для печати
Creative Commons License
These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

V.V. Petrik, M.A. Derbina, A.V. Gryazkin

Complete text of the article:

Download article (pdf, 0.4MB )





In the north, seeds are mainly grown in greenhouses with polyethylene coating. The growth of seedlings mostly depends on the microclimate, substrate, and the availability of mineral nutrition and moisture. Intensified silvicultural production and greater volumes of planted crops call forth increased production of planting stock. In addition to mineral fertilizers, vermicompost is one of the promising fertilizers in planting stock cultivation. It contains a balanced complex of necessary nutrients and trace elements, enzymes, soil microorganisms, humic compounds and vitamins. The study aimed to develop a science-based technology of growing pine seedlings (Pinus sylvestris L.) in greenhouses using dry vermicompost. In the experiments, the seedlings were grown bare-root in nursery conditions in the substrate with addition of various doses of dry vermicompost without mineral fertilizers. The results have shown that seedlings grown with addition of vermicompost are just as high as those grown on the traditional mineral nutrition. In greenhouses with polyethylene coating, dry vermicompost proved to be efficient and have a positive effect on the germination of seeds and growth of seedlings. For pine cultivation we recommend applying 1.5 kg/m2 (15 t/ha in total) of dry vermicompost broadcast over the bed surface.


V.V. Petrik1, Doctor of Agriculture, Professor M.A. Derbina1, Postgraduate Student A.V. Gryazkin2, Doctor of Biology, Professor

1Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, 2St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University
1Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny, 17, Arkhangelsk, 163002, Russia E-mail: 2 Institutskiy per., 5, St. Petersburg, 194021, Russia


1Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, 2St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University


vermicompost, planting stock, Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), nursery, area under glass.


1.Gusev I.I. Statisticheskie pokazateli raspredeleniya: Metodicheskie ukazaniya k vypolneniyu rabot po variatsionnoy statistike [Statistical Indicators of Distribution: Guidelines for Works at Variation Statistics]. Arkhangelsk, 1980. 36 p. 2. Derbina M.A. Primenenie biogumusa pri vyrashchivanii posadochnogo materiala s otkrytoy kornevoy sistemoy [Use of Vermicompost for Growing Stock in a Greenhouse]. Lesnoy zhurnal, 2013, no. 3, pp. 51–58. 3. Igonin A.M. Dozhdevye chervi. Kak povysit' plodorodie pochvy v desyatki raz, ispol'zuya dozhdevogo chervya “Staratelya” [How to Improve Soil Fertility by Many Factors of Ten Using the Earthworm “Staratel”]. Moscow, 2006, 192 p. 4. Mochalov B.A., Sen'kov, A.O. Rost seyantsev sosny s zakrytymi i otkrytymi kornyami v kul'turakh taezhnoy zony [Growth of Bare-Root and Containerized Pine Seedlings in Cultures of Taiga Zone]. Lesnoy zhurnal, 2007, no. 4, pp. 145–146. 

On the Use of Vermicompost in Forestry


Make a Submission


Lesnoy Zhurnal (Russian Forestry Journal) was awarded the "Seal of Recognition for Active Data Provider of the Year 2024"