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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.....

Different types of limestone to increase substrate pH

Michigan State University Extension provided recommendations on how growers can determine greenhouse substrate pH and reviewed corrective procedures on how to increase low substrate pH in a previous article, “Testing and corrective procedures for low substrate pH.” Many growers are testing incoming substrate.....

Cocogreen launches coir product selector

As soft fruit growing systems become more technically advanced and increasingly bespoke, Cocogreen’s has responded with a special product selector − launched on its informative new website − to help growers tailor coir substrate selection to their individual growing systems.“As the UK soft fruit.....

Growing demand for OMRI listed coco substrate

In response to the growing market for certified organic produce, Browncoir is pleased to announce that its grow bags and substrates have been reviewed by OMRI for use in compliance with the USDA's National Organic Program standards. "Over the last couple of years we have expanded our presence in North.....