Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber

You are using software which is blocking our advertisements (adblocker).

As we provide the news for free, we are relying on revenues from our banners. So please disable your adblocker and reload the page to continue using this site.

Click here for a guide on disabling your adblocker.

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber

BVB introduces new generation peat for press blocks

Blocking peat is used by a large number of young plant propagators to produce press blocks for raising flowers or vegetable seeds. A very important raw material of these press blocks is black peat of which the availability will decline dramatically in the near future. For this reason BVB Substates introduced an alternative to the present blocking peat, named BVB Impress.

“BVB Impress is based on sphagnum peat moss and consists of 100% natural minerals, without chemical additives,” said Van Gelderen export manager of BVB Substrates. Van Gelderen: “This product ensures a substantially higher air content and guarantees good shape retention during the formation of the blocks. The product is suitable for all press-block machinery used by young plant propagators.”

After the introduction at the IPM Essen 2015, a number of growers switched to BVB Impress with good results. Leif Thore Bjertnæs of Bjertnæs & Hoel in Norway: “We are aware of the fact of the scarcity in black peat material. BVB Impress give us the alternative. The product offers convenience in our cultivation process, because blocks that have dried out will absorb water fast, which makes it easier to control the crop. Besides, plants form a stronger root system, due to higher air content.”

Leif Thore Bjertnæs shows the root system of lettuce in a press block made with BVB Impress.

Ian Grimmbacher of the Peat Block Seedling Co. (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa shares the same experiences and is faced with an additional advantage: “BVB Impress is lighter in weight compared to the regular black peat press blocks, resulting in 35% cost reduction of our logistic flows.” The horticultural sector welcomes this new blocking peat. Van Gelderen of BVB Substrates: “We are very proud that the efforts and energy put in our R&D activities give these positive results. But BVB Impress is not limited to blocking peat only, we are currently testing the possibility of using the product for other purposes as well. We need to remain innovative, but that is in our character.”

More information
BVB Substrates
tel: +31 (0)174 535420+31 (0)174 535420
fax: +31 (0) 174 535445

You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype
Publication date: