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Fried Koop:

"Stronger plant through stone wool without plant-unfriendly material"

October falls in the middle of the season of ordering new stone wool slabs. Fried Koop, Benfried; "We note that growers are really loyal to their current slab suppliers. On the other hand, the step to a trial with a different slab is made very fast. Growers make their choice of slab based on reliability,.....

Substrates for hydroponics and aquaponics

A substrate, also called a medium or media, is a supporting material or base on which a plant can grow. The most commonly used substrates are: Rockwool, lightweight expanded clay aggregate, coco coir, coco chips, perlite, vermiculite, peat moss, lava rock, river rock, and sand. Some uncommonly used.....

"Strawberries grow better on coconut fibre"

Strawberries and coconut have never gone so well together. This has been demonstrated by a discovery made by the Sustainable Agricultural Production research group (Proagris) within the Department of Biology of Organisms and Systems of the ​​Plant Production Department of the Polytechnic School.....

Brown Grow opens U.S. subsidiary

In order to meet the increasing demand for local service and distribution of their coir growing media in the United States, Brown Grow announces the establishment of their latest U.S. subsidiary. From now on, the U.S. greenhouse industry can order directly from Brown Grow America LLC. This enable their.....

Enriched biochar shows good results against crazy roots

Delegates at September’s British Tomato Conference were brought up to date on important research into root mat, a disease that is causing significant losses in greenhouses throughout Europe. ADAS plant pathologist Dave Kaye discussed the products being trialled at two nurseries this year in AHDB work to find.....

Research: Organic fertilizer for cannabis in two coir-based substrates

Cannabis producers, especially those with organic operations, lack reliable information on the fertilization requirements for their crops. To determine the optimal organic fertilizer rate for vegetative-stage cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), five rates that supplied 117, 234, 351, 468, and 585 mg N/L of a.....

Peat and Growing medium markets: supply and demand

At the moment the demand for various peat types for the Chinese market is stated with an immense sum of 100,000,000 m³ yearly. This quantity will be required in the Chinese market for the next 5 years. (Source: Chinese peat association).The background of this great demand is the partly toxic contamination of.....

Gilles Carriou, tomato grower in Lézardrieux, France:

"Extending the pre-planting phase gives more control over generative growth"

French tomato grower Gilles Carriou switched last year to using RootmaXX cubes from Cultilene. This stone wool cube allows growers to extend the pre-planting phase to give more control over generative growth. The result? Benefits for both production and quality.Gilles Carriou runs a greenhouse operation.....

Is all peat moss the same?

One of the most important ingredients of soilless substrates, peat moss, began in peat bogs shortly after the last ice age about 12,000 – 14,000 years ago. As the glaciers receded, depressions were left in the earth that collected precipitation from rain and snow.Across Canada, there are different types of.....

Jiffy opens regional office in Sri Lanka

Jiffy Products recently opened a new regional office at the Mirigama Export Processing Zone in Sri Lanka. Jiffy Products S L is the Sri Lankan subsidiary of Jiffy International.JPSL was incorporated in 2003 as a BOI project. The main attraction of Sri Lanka is the availability of coir fiber pith which is.....

US: Enroot Products ships first Ameri-Coco bagged coir

EnRoot Products announces the release of Ameri-Coco ‘Ready-To-Grow’ bagged coir. Available in convenient 1.5 cu ft. bags, Ameri-Coco products come in three varieties to suit growers' needs: Root Kandy is the perfect medium for high-value crops with ultra-low EC requirements, Root Kandy is 100% coco coir.....

Norway: Miljøgartneriet chooses Pro block for plant propagation

Miljøgartneriet in Naerbø in Norway is a modern horticultural enterprise that grows various varieties of tomato, sweet pepper and chilli pepper. Miljøgartneriet also propagates plants. The company takes a pioneering role when it comes to environmentally-friending growing methods. Grodan Pro blocks contribute.....

This is how it works with coir growbags

December last year, Dutch Plantin supplied a container of growbags to a cucumber grower in the Netherlands. After tests with 20 growbags and 2 rows in the previous years he was happy to experience a larger area of his 10 ha company. “As future growing might develop to organic substrates”, he said.Therefore,.....

Germany: Restart for Terracult, founding MD returns

After its insolvency in May this year, the day to day management of German substrate manufacturer Terracult has come back into the hands of its founder and previous owner Rainer Lindner. The returning managing director announces that he has joined the Aquarius Limited Group (AQL) who recently acquired the.....