The Sylvar team is to bring the RhizoVital H42 biostimulant to the Canadian Greenhouse Conference. According to Colin Smith, agronomist with the company, it’s not the direct outrate that’s growing thanks to this new product, but the marketable yield.
Biostimulants are gaining more and more traction in the horticultural industry and especially amongst the (many) growers willing to strengthen their plants and reduce the amount of chemicals being used. Through bacterial hormones and enzymes, nutrients are being mobilized and growth is being stimulated. Sylvar, the Canadian subsidiary of Andermatt, will bring the product to the Canadian Greenhouse Conference and the Canadian market.
“In trials we see how it improves general plant health, providing a very vigorous root system”, Colin Smith with Sylvar explains. “In potatoes for example it might not be increasing the outrate, but it is improving the marketable yield. Also the tolerance against abiotic stress like water deficiency, salinity and even diseases seems to be improving.”
Tomatoes and cucumbers
The product is being used in hydroponic production systems as well – tomatoes and cucumbers for example. “Especially plant varieties tending to have smaller roots were able to get a larger root system, bettering the uptake of nutrients”, Colin explains. “For now we see the biggest benefit in the small rooted varieties.”
This makes the product an addition to the Sylvar collection. “We’re a young portfolio originating in the forestry business – currently building our portfolio every year with two or three products. Getting our products out and building awareness amongst growers on biologicals, to see how they work and what they can do for them, is important to them.”
Sylvar will participate at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Booth #102