Substrates

Cotton wool mats used to grow microgreens

Did you grow cress on cotton wool on your window ledge when you were at school? That is exactly the principle that Simon Macaulay followed when he first talked to Chris Moncrieff of Van Heineken Brothers (VHB) in Angmering, (now a housing development) Sussex in the late 1990s. Chris and Peter Walls, who…

BVB Substrates joins forces with Kekkilä

BVB Substrates has been producing substrates for a century. To serve customers better with sustainable solutions, BVB Substrates is joining forces with Kekkilä, a subsidiary of the Finnish company Vapo Oy. Peter Jan Kuiper, CEO BVB: 'An excellent combination that matches our ambition.' The official merger of BVB…

Stefanie van Wienhoven, Grodan:

"Producing more with less water and nutrients"

The concept of 'Precision Growing' stipulates that optimal growing conditions can be achieved during an entire growing season. In precision cultivation the plants are supplied with the exact amount of water and fertilizers they need. Excess water and fertilizers can be collected efficiently and be…

Erik Zwinkels, Zwinkels Tomaten switched to a new substrate

"Better distribution of water throughout the day"

In their 20 hectare greenhouse Zwinkels Tomaten grow cocktail, mini-plumb and mini-vine tomatoes. This year they switched to Grodan's Elite slab for 11 hectares. I n this video  Erik Zwinkels, co-owner of Zwinkels Tomaten, shares his experiences so far. Erik: "Advantages so far, are visible in the crops. The…

Hans Baekelmans, Greenyard Horticulture:

“Enriched substrates make plants more resistant”

“We see the demand from retail and consumer for sustainably grown product grow. Growers are already putting in a lot of effort, and now there is an awareness that completely sterile substrate has less to offer than an organic substrate with more symbiosis in the soil. Soil life can be added easily to our…

"Seaweed could be key to lower nutrient and water use in horticulture"

Water and fertiliser use in horticulture could be reduced, without lowering yields, by using biostimulants such as seaweed extract and beneficial microbes, says UK research organisation NIAB EMR. NIAB EMR, and its research partner Dove Associates, have combined the use of biostimulants with innovative sensors that monitor…

Grodan opens its first production facility in Russia

Grodan, part of the Rockwool Group, opened a new production facility in Elabuga. In the presence of Aleksey Pesoshin, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, the production facility was opened by means of a symbolic ceremony. After being present in the Russian market for more than 20 years, Grodan opens its…

"Wood fiber blends offer increased sustainability"

Gro-Bark, a Walker Environmental Company, is continuing to offer horticultural wood fiber blends as another sustainable mix ingredient in many different forms available to the grower. Gro-Bark has been a producer of two sustainable, functional and beneficial soil mix ingredients for many years – composted bark and…

Coir supplier celebrates 3 decades in business at CGC

Many years ago, the owner of Millenniumsoils Coir moved to Canada with the intent of supplying Coconut Coir from Sri Lanka to the North American market.  In those early years Millenniumsoils Coir had gone through many years of trials with universities, growers, and researchers to prove the benefits of coconut coir. However, this…

"Many suppliers can bring you coco, only a few can bring you a product consistent and uniform"

While many coir supplies come and go, there are a few that are in it for the long haul. Riococo is one such supplier. The company has been providing coir product to commercial agriculture for over 15 years. With a large focus on sustainability many growers around the world continue to switch to coco from other forms…

"Brown Grow Quality Products Continues to Reach Customers"

"This is an important message to our valued customers, growers, distributors and channel partners around the world", the team with Brown Grow shares. Brown Grow is currently restructuring its production operations in response to adverse weather conditions and raw materials price fluctuations in Sri Lanka…

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Australia: Coir waste management for hydroponics in berries

RMCG is delivering the Hort Innovation project; MT17016 - Coir waste management for hydroponics in berries. It is funded through strawberry and Rubus industry levies with…

UK: Summer’s drought spurs on efforts to reduce peat use

Industry research and innovation on alternatives to using peat in commercial horticulture will be showcased at a series of AHDB events this autumn. The hot dry summer has increased the urgency to shift to responsibly-sourced growing media. Professional horticulturalists have until 2030 to hit a voluntary…

Oboya receives several orders on substrates in China

Oboya Horticulture Industries has through its wholly owned subsidiary Oboya Commerce and Trade Co. Ltd in China, received several orders from new Chinese customers. The total order value amounted to EUR 5.2 million, corresponding approximately to SEK 54.2 million. The new orders concerns sale of 750…

"Making good use of coconut husk waste from Coastal Kenya"

New Kenyan coco peat producer sources locally

About 99% of all coco peat that is used in Kenya is imported from India and Sri Lanka, but James Kapombe expects this number to change in the coming years. Coming from the coconut growing zone of Coastal Kenya and working with coco peat on a tomato farm, he saw the opportunity to produce and market…

First RPP labelled growing media on the market

Responsibly Produced Peat (RPP) announces that the first 4 companies produce RPP-labelled growing media products: Lentse & Slingerland Potgrond from the Netherlands, Greenyard Horticulture from Belgium and Compo and Euflor from Germany. They meet all the standards to bring RPP labelled products on the…

Horticubes retail packs suitable for growers big and small

Smithers-Oasis Company offers a new retail pack of its Oasis Grower Solutions Horticubes growing media, a lower density and higher drainage foam that is specially engineered for hydroponic seed germination of vegetables and herbs.   Horticubes higher drainage design helps to maintain an ideal air-to-water balance,…


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