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A mixing model to predict rooting media properties

With a mixing model it is possible to predict the properties of a mix of 2-9 constituents in any ratio. Predicted parameters were EC, pH, nutrients, trace elements, water content, air content and degradability.A growing interest in peat alternatives, notably composts, resulted in the renewed demand for a.....

Scandinavian container organics to be phased out over next 10 years:

EU: Hydroponic cultivation no longer organic

Since November 2015, the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission have negotiated in trialogue meetings on the new organic production regulation. Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Van Dam calls the result "a heavily argued compromise that I can and will accept because of honored.....

WUR: Electric substrate heating bears more strawberry fruit

In a strawberry experiment, more fruit were harvested when using substrate heating than without heating. The test in Bleiswijk was carried out by Wageningen University & Research, BU Glastuinbouw with an everbearer strawberry variety from ABZ Seeds in a January planting with assimilation lighting. The.....

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Botanicoir presents new growbag with unique open structure

VIDEO Taking the use of coir substrates to the next level, Botanicoir has launched a ground-breaking new product for the soft-fruit industry at Fruit Focus in the UK last week."We’ve created a new special mix tailored to berry crops, that nobody has made before – an industry first,” says Kalum Balasuriya, who.....

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US: RainSoil debuts natural silicon-based liquid soil amendment

Greenhouse and nursery growers now have the ability to easily incorporate root-building silicon into their production programs with the introduction of Sitality™ L, the new natural silicon-based liquid soil amendment from RainSoil.“Silicon is a beneficial plant nutrient widely recognized for its ability to.....

Bright & challenging future for the North American berry

North American berry growers are facing a bright but challenging future. The demand for locally grown products keeps increasing, and with drought and other weather-related problems looming, production is shifting across the continent.Berries are a hot topic. Several studies show that they have continued to.....

make your slabs biologically active with enriched biochar:

Resilient over-winter growing in one simple step

As we head towards week 34, over-winter growers are gearing up for planting week. Faced with increasing yield threats, such as Pythium and radiobacter, many are looking to a simple input to cultivate more resilient, higher cropping plants. Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar Biology Blend has been adopted by.....

US: Organic Ellepots now available at CropKing

CropKing has installed and is now producing certified organic Ellepot propagation plugs. The company is not only using Ellepot plugs in their own production system, but is now also offering organic Ellepots for sale to the market. The CropKing organic Ellepot is made with a growing medium certified by the.....

5 easy steps to cultivate successfully in pots and troughs

From strawberries to tomatoes: various crops show failings in leaves and flowers when the amount of sodium and potassium is too high in substrates. And growers know that plants in pots and troughs only flourish when the ratio of air and water is in balance. So what do you do? Use easy to buffer stable coir.....

Be careful with loose substrates in hydroponic production systems

Many growers of ornamental plants including annuals and perennials traditionally use a peat-based substrate such as 70 percent peat, 30 percent perlite. The growers, who produce these crops in containers, will often use the same substrates if they expand their crop offerings to include hydroponically-grown.....

Rethinking hydroponic berry production

After analyzing current problems in existing container and hydroponic systems, product designer Israel Holby started to rethink berry substrate production. He came up with a unique design that allows for better fertigation management and oxygen uptake at the plant's roots. With this idea he founded his.....

Grodan Kiem Plugs :

Propagation made easy

The Grodan Kiem Plug made of rockwool offers a unique and effective germination solution. Specifically designed for sowing seeds, Rockwool Propagation Plugs provide a sterile and porous substrate that aids in rapid and even root development. The plugs can be either manually transplanted or used in automated.....

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UK: Botanicoir releases 'game changer' at Fruit Focus

Botanicoir is launching a ground-breaking new product, that’s said to be a game-changer in the soft-fruit industry, at Fruit Focus. Taking the use of coir substrates to the next level, it's capable of rapid hydration, has optimum air-filled porosity, a superior structure, and offers excellent drainage.....