Agaris continues with a demonstration project in Ghent

Creating a reusable grass fiber substrate

Local, circular, sustainable and innovative. This is the unique demonstration project coordinated between Releaf, Agaris and the City of Ghent. For this project, the partners investigated how green waste from the local area, in particular grass waste from urban spaces, can be reused and upgraded into a…

New video: five tips on container substrate quality

Dr. Kay Jeong of Sun Gro Horticulture describes key quality aspects and procedures for container substrates for commercial and retail use in a new YouTube video. This video is hosted by Dr. Paul Fisher of the University of Florida IFAS Extension, for the series “Five Tips for Horticulture” (https://tinyurl.com/ufgto).…

Out now: the Jiffy Group sustainability report and five-year plan

"Jiffy products have always been basically environmentally friendly. As a growing media supplier, we are now focusing on building on those green qualities to be a truly sustainable company. Above all, Jiffy aims to work with customers to support them in their sustainable horticulture journey. The Jiffy…

Finnish growers share their experiences with Cultilene products

"Close relationship takes business to higher level"

Young plant nursery Pörtom Handelsträdgård and cucumber grower SiggPac are two of the leading businesses in the Finnish greenhouse horticulture sector. They have been working with Cultilene plugs, cubes, and slabs for several years. And they are delighted with the results. The key plus points for the…

New growing block and sensors give grower more certainty on yield quality

"The roots are more evenly distributed through the slab rather than concentrated at the bottom"

Dutch tomato producer Solyco has been working with Grodan’s new Elite stone wool slab since the start of this crop cycle. According to Jack van Schie, head grower at one of the company’s three locations, the combination of this slab with both the Plantop block and the GroSens sensors gives him more…

"The first two weeks of planting are the key to the success of any crop"

RS8, the revolutionary substrate of the Projar brand, has arrived on the market. It facilitates root evolution up to 50% faster, helping the development and growth of plants during transplantation. Strong and vigorous roots are the key to success behind a good growing strategy. To collect the fruits of…

OASIS Grower Solutions

OASIS Grower Solutions launches Horticubes AeroMax

New hydroponic growing media launched

Oasis Grower Solutions understands the importance of propagation. Not only helping plants grow but generating big ideas as well. The most recent of which is the new substrate engineered for precision hydroponic farming called Horticubes AeroMax.  Before creating a new media to support the production of leafy…

Jeu Rutten with Wijnen Square Crops about Grodan Supreme

"These blocks maintain the perfect moisture balance"

Wijnen Square Crops has been working with Grodan growing media since the mid-1990s and introduced the Supreme slab for its entire blocky pepper crop more than two years ago. Head grower Jeu Rutten explains how the slab supports the company’s generative approach to growing and is a dependable factor…

"reducing operational costs key to farm success"

Enabling growers to grow faster with clean and bio-degradable growing media

Growfoam is destined to pave the way for growers around the globe. Their mission? Enable growers to grow greener, safer and faster. Rising demand for fresh & healthy vegetable crops. This rise in demand for fresh & healthy crops has resulted in a boom of investments towards greenhouse projects (e.g. in…

Study: mineral and organic growing media have distinct community structure, stability and functionality

The choice of soilless growing medium for plant nutrition, growth and support is crucial for improving the eco-sustainability of the production in horticultural systems. As current understanding of the functional microbial communities inhabiting this ecosystem is still limited, this research examined the…

"Cultivation out of the soil, the best solution for growing berries"

In recent years, the cultivation of soft fruits has developed exponentially all over the world thanks to the growing demand of consumers. This increase has meant that the technology applied to its cultivation has also evolved rapidly, with production systems, such as soilless cultivation, which have…

Evaluation of nutrient solution recirculation methods for tomato production in short cycles

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) is the most grown vegetable in greenhouse and hydroponics. For easy handling, open hydroponic systems (without recirculation of the nutrient…

Study on minimal requirements for plants on textile substrates in low-cost hydroponic systems

With a growing world population and the concentration of citizens in big cities, new methods of agriculture are required. Vertical farming attracts more attention in mending…

French cooperation grows with and thanks to stone wool slab

French tomato grower Anne-Claire Goyer has been working with Cultilene substrate slabs and cubes for many years and is very happy with the results. She finds that Exact Air and RootmaXX complement one another perfectly and also speaks very highly of the support and added value Cultilene provides.…

"Evaluate and conclude which substrate works best for you"

After running a substrate trial you want to use all the data you’ve collected to draw the right conclusions. In some cases, it might already be clear to see which way you should go, but it is always useful to carefully evaluate the process and results. Read all about doing that in this article. Make sure…

Study on use of portable rapid analysis system to measure nitrate concentration of nutrient

A rapid analysis ion-selective electrode (ISE) system for measurement of [NO3] in nutrient solution (NS), soil solution (SS) and petiole sap (PS) was evaluated. For each…

Biodegradable cutting and seed plug growcoon suitable for any substrate

The biodegradable growth and seed plug Growcoon is extremely suitable for hydroponic cultivation techniques, such as gutter and float systems. Together with Klasmann Deilmann and Maan Biobased Products, Codema is working on an optimal Growcoon solution for its own CMGS system. The biodegradable growth…

"Aboveground part of the plant represents only half of the battle"

In the quest for superior crop health and productivity, the aboveground part of the plant represents only half of the battle. The other half happens below the soil or substrate level, as the roots work to exchange gases, various compounds and water. Plantlogic’s focus is on roots, as it specializes in…

"Providing better growing conditions for your crops with weed mats"

No matter where your farm is or what crop you are planting, the challenges & risks remain the same when it comes down to controlling soil or substrate moisture, weeds and erosion. This is why the team with Galuku created the Coconut Fibre Weed Mats. "Growers worldwide are managing their potted or…

DutchPlantin launches retail line Grow.in for small scale and home growers

Professional growers worldwide use the coconut substrates from Dutch Plantin for their soft fruit, vegetable and flower cultivation. If it were up to Wim Roosen, another group will now be added. The new Grow.in brand has been specially developed for the retail and consumer market. “The number of small-scale…

Philip and Jorien Van Overbeke, Aardeien Van Overbeke

"More and more strawberry growers are switching to hydroponic cultivation"

Last Wednesday, the first strawberries were picked at Strawberries Van Overbeke from Waregem. “We have been very satisfied with the quality so far,” says Philip Van Overbeke. “The shape of the strawberries is very nice, because we used the plants from last year that were planted in August. Last April we…

Quentin Gomis, Biogrow Substrates, on the Mexican market:

"We see an ever-increasing interest in hydroponic growing"

"Ever since I was a little boy, my dad took me to the greenhouses where he worked. From a very young age I knew everything about growing tomatoes: the planting, the seedlings, taking care of the growth, and picking them," says Quentin Gomis. He has just been hired as the new commercial manager for…


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