Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




UK: New simple, high-tech tool extends manual watering intervals for ornamentals

Europlanters Ltd has launched “Root Refreshers” a hi-tech but deceptively simple product that extends manual watering intervals up to six weeks for ornamentals in tubs, troughs and hanging baskets.  Each Root Refresher is a cushion or cone made of top quality fabric which encases a mass of a patented water bonding polymer which when buried next to a plants’ roots allows diffusion of water to the surrounding area to keep plants healthy.

Based in Stockport UK, Europlanters Ltd is a manufacturer and supplier of plant containers for exterior and interior landscapers for offices, hotels, public buildings and restaurants.  Their new product is the result of extensive trials and was launched recently at the Landscape Show in London.  

For those companies and organisations involved in providing living plants, using a Root Refresher in each pot tub or trough will facilitate increased productivity by extending the normal call-back time for manual watering.  A Root Refresher holds enough water, to water, even the thirstiest plants for up to two months. 




The special hi-tech ingredient behind the Root Refresher concept is the licensing of a patented material called HappiRoot* which is produced by Smart Tech Ltd of Glasgow, UK.  Headed by Emeritus Professor of Applied Chemistry Neil B Graham who originally developed HappiRoot as a soil enhancer to help reclaim desert for food production. “The polymer has unique water bonding and prolonged water diffusion properties and is a very powerful component indeed when used in this way, water binds with the HappiRoot inside the Root Refresher and then slowly returns the water back to the surrounding area at a rate in direct proportion to the reciprocal mass of HappiRoot.”  Much of the knowledge Professor Graham used to design the HappiRoot polymer for use in horticulture was originally gained while he worked on diffusion polymers for controlled drug delivery, another area in which he holds many patents and has had worldwide commercial success.
 
The Root Refresher is available in a wide range of sizes in both rectangular – for traditional pots - and conical shapes - for hanging baskets. 

See also :

http://www.europlanters.com/index_htm_files/root%20refresher%20brochure.pdf

For more information:
Europlanters
Julie Wilkes
julie@europlanters.com
www.europlanters.com

Smart tech Ltd
Charles Martin
charles@smart-tech.co.uk
www.smart-tech.co.uk
 

Publication date: 11/8/2013

 


 

Other news in this sector:

11/16/2017 Reduced ultraviolet light transmission increases insecticide longevity
11/15/2017 UK: Growers growing with a difference
11/14/2017 Indo-Dutch cooperation on crop residue management
11/14/2017 One step closer to crops with twice the yield
11/13/2017 Vegetable grafting: principles and practices
11/10/2017 More accurate crop research available
11/10/2017 US: $600,000 in grants to help specialty crop growers in Colorado
11/10/2017 South Africa: Western Cape could get Centre of Excellence
11/8/2017 Update on Dutch high wire trials in energy efficient systems
11/8/2017 Israeli season kicks off with high prospects, threats and opportunities
11/8/2017 US: Successful growing season with new arugula varieties
11/8/2017 Circadian clock discovery could help boost water efficiency in food plants
11/7/2017 Hungary to help modernise Uganda's agriculture sector
11/3/2017 US: Nebraska looks to solve global food security by sharing its knowledge of irrigation
11/2/2017 NFT cultivation system boosts Lebanese lettuce production
11/2/2017 US (MI): End of season for double-cropped raspberries under high tunnels
11/2/2017 UK: Ending water abstraction licensing exemptions
11/1/2017 "HPS and LED top lighting best tomato recipe in winter"
10/31/2017 Vegetable crop conservation in the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System
10/27/2017 Strong support to feed the world through boosting photosynthetic potential