Substrates and starting materials

"New substrate fiber fits into the future of cultivation"

The new Nygaia substrate fiber will be presented at GreenTech Amsterdam at the RAI from June 13 to 15, 2023. "As the Netherlands' leading horticultural technology platform, GreenTech Amsterdam is the ideal opportunity to showcase Nygaia to potential future users", the team says. At booth number 05.301/302,…

"Block quality plays a role throughout the entire cultivation process"

Antoni de Bruin of ACB Agro in Klazienaveen has high demands when it comes to his slabs and blocks. On one half of his business, he cultivates cucumbers first and then sweet peppers from spring onwards. To ensure perfect conditions for the sweet peppers, he has selected Grotop Master slabs in combination…

Philippines: Development of coco coir to stop coconut farming waste

The Regional Inclusive Innovation Center (RIIC) has identified developing coco coir as a priority in Eastern Visayas to address environmental concerns and raise the income of coconut farmers. During a gathering at the Summit Hotel here Tuesday, officials from national government agencies and academe…

Sustainable growing media for CEA

"It is important to understand what type of system the grower is using. Jiffy specialists work with growers to provide the best product for their crop, system, and preference," says Dana Lucas, Segment Manager Controlled Environment Agriculture at Jiffy Group. "If we compare our customers' production…

Buffered coco coir achieves OMRI listing

Buffered coco coir that has not only been organically produced but also is OMRI listed – that's CalciGro, recently launched by FibreDust. "CalciGro offers improved nutrient uptake, lower electrical conductivity (EC), and a high cation exchange capacity (CEC), making it an ideal choice for a wide range of…

“Substrate enriched with organic compost offers powerful nutritional benefits to growers”

A new coco substrate enriched with compost combines the structural benefits of coco substrate with the nutritional benefits of substrates like peat moss, says Leonardo Juarez with The Grower, the company that developed this Ultra-Coco blend. “All growers that tried this locally mixed substrate, noticed…

"Our buffered cocopeat is widely used in the market"

Rockwool, peat, and cocopeat are all common substrates in soilless cultivation. Relatively speaking, cocopeat is a renewable resource and can be naturally degraded, making it an ideal cultivation medium. Its good water retention and air permeability can meet the different needs of different crops. During…

Constant supply of wood fibers, another step on the road to peat-free substrates

Finnish company Novarbo has been working towards a peat-free substrate for their products for some time. Pirita Luolamaa-Vollebregt has been leading the way in working with and improving new raw materials that are both sustainable and cost-effective. A combination of wood fibers and acrotelm proves to be…

Second Hort Science Online (HSO 2) 2023 goes live

The next six topical and practical Hort Science Online presentations for 2023 are now live - with the launch of HSO 2 for growers in the UK and Ireland.   “Our second series of presentations…

Klasmann-Deilmann and Maan Biobased Products showcase new substrate

The horticultural sector is developing rapidly in terms of sustainability and precision cultivation. There is a strong need for sustainable alternatives. We notice this also in the changing demand for growing media. There is an increasing need for substrates that perform better in sustainable, high-tech…

Francis Paon, Fertil on the the Fertiss plug

“The horticultural sector is heading towards peat-free potting soil”

Fertil began producing and marketing Fertiss plugs in 1985. "We produced the first cork-shaped plugs for plant propagation. The agronomic interest of this product lies in the fabric that surrounds the soil to get an aerial hoop, promote the emission of more roots in the soil and therefore obtain more…

Circular Carbon produces fully certified biochar from cocoa shells for horticulture and agriculture

Circular Carbon GmbH operates the first industrial plant for the production of biochar in Hamburg. The company carbonizes nutrient-rich cocoa shells, a residual material from cocoa production, by pyrolysis, a decomposition reaction in which organic materials break down in the absence of oxygen. Biochar…


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