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June 7, Chichester

UK: Developing new blends of growing media for horticulture

At a workshop based on outputs from project CP 138 ‘Transition to responsibly sourced growing media use within UK Horticulture’, find out how research into new growing media blends could help reduce a dependence on peat use for potted herb growers. Join the event to hear from the researchers directly and to.....

Dutch Plantin tests emission of water and fertilizers

After positive results in 2016 in a pepper crop, Dutch Plantin continues this year with 2 crops of cucumbers. In the peppers they installed their ‘washed type’ coir bags Double Layer. These were buffered and washed prior to the trial started in a closed system. Sodium was around 3-3,5 mmol/ltr during the.....

by Tami Van Gaal, Griffin:

Hydroponic media: Give slab production a second look

For growers implementing controlled environment methods for crops such as cannabis and edibles, new media options can maximize crop growth. Many proven practices in horticultural production can be leveraged to increase efficiencies in cannabis and other hydroponic production. One place to start is by.....

UK: New growing media blends to reduce reliance on coir

Coir-free growing media has the potential to work as well as coir for strawberry crops, if irrigation and nutrition are optimised, delegates at a recent workshop have heard.As part of a project to develop responsibly sourced growing media blends as alternatives to peat, a model is being developed to predict.....

Wim Roosen, Dutch Plantin at GFIA:

"Not every new product is an innovation"

Last week the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture took place in The Netherlands. Wim Roosen of coir substrate supplier Dutch Plantin took on the opportunity to use the GFIA Europe as a platform to address what it takes to develop an innovation in the substrate industry.Roosen started his.....

Higher yields with new free draining coir substrate

Coir substrate producer, Botanicoir, is adding a brand-new substrate grow bag to their range, with free draining properties, ideal for crops, such as tomatoes, that prefer a dryer growing environment with a high air fill porosity.One Southport based salad company has seen excellent results on a tomato crop......

Soilless technology takes root in blueberry cultivation

Blueberry production and consumption has been increasing rapidly in recent years. Greenhouses and mainly tunnels are being used to extend the growing season and harvesting period. Blueberries are traditionally grown in the ground. The soil should be well-drained, yet with sufficient moisture holding.....

What are the best organic growing media components?

Formulating a growing medium that works for organic growers can be a challenge depending on what a grower is looking for. Organic growers often choose to use composts, peat, bark and other materials to make an organic growing medium. Some components are acidic and will require pH adjustment, and most organic.....

April 25, Lichfield

UK: Developing new blends of growing media for horticulture

Project CP 138, funded by Defra, AHDB Horticulture and the industry, has been designed to ease the transition from a dependence on peat to the increased uptake of responsibly sourced growing media. The range of other raw materials currently used to formulate such growing media include bark, wood fibre, coir.....

Wim Roosen, Dutch Plantin:

"Growers rediscover cocopeat substrates"

Coir products have been on the market for almost three decades now, and it took some time for it to reach maturity. Initially coir was mostly known as a vegetative growing medium, but that has changed completely as of 2010.Ongoing innovation, research and development have resulted in perfect, manageable coir.....