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Substrates


"Growing demand for cocopeat substrates in China"

The Indian company Sai Cocopeat is specialized in cocopeat substrates for agriculture. Located in Tamil Nadu region, the company exports 85% of its products to USA, Italy, France, etc.Mr Santhanam, Managing Director, was exhibiting at the Macfrut Attraction China, in Shanghai: "China is a growing market for.....

Italy: "Koltura, not a simple substrate"

Set up in 2015 by young graduates in agricultural studies, Itasmart has been investing in R&D for the creation of a line of innovative substrates capable of meeting the needs of various greenhouse crops.Giombattista Nicosia "Koltura, through which we commercialise coir substrates, was established the.....

"Three layered coir textures create perfect environment for blueberries"

FibreDust announces the release of a new layered coir blend developed exclusively for blueberry farming. Compressed coir blocks are staged in upright 30 x 30cm poly grow bags that quickly expand to 27 liters. True Blue grow bags contain a proprietary coir blend that includes coco coir, coco chips and coco.....

BrownGrow appoints Dr Mike Nichols as technical consultant

BrownGrow has appointed Dr Mike Nichols as Technical Consultant. His role will be advising clients on optimising coir as a growing medium, characteristics of the particles for the production of high value horticultural crops. His research will be on coco coir substrate composition, long fibers vs chips in.....

How substrate structure influences air porosity

Roots need oxygen for respiration. The amount of air required in the substrate is going to depend mostly on its total porosity. Total porosity is the percentage of the total volume of substrate that it is not occupied by solids and is composed of both air and water. Air porosity is the percentage of air.....

Peat moss comes in many grades

Because peat moss is a natural product, there are degrees of variation and not all peat moss grades are adequate for a particular blend you will find on the market.Field grades of peat moss are screened, blended and processed to achieve specific physical properties for market grades and intended use. Market.....

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.....