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…

PlantPaper U1 has achieved Plastic Free Certification

"Certified Plastic Free plug system sets new world standard"

PlantPaper U1 has achieved Plastic Free Certification, making them among the first plug system in the world with the global standardised Plastic Free Trust Mark from the organisation A Plastic Planet. The Plastic Free certificate provides growers, distributers, and consumers with complete confidence that…

"Homogenous growing media for consistent crops"

Guillermo Gonzalez and Thomas Roos speak to Carlos Borja about the use of Jiffy Growbags in a successful greenhouse operation. Carlos is a pepper grower at Villaserre, Mexico. This interview is to talk about Villaserre, a pepper producer in Mexico, and about the use of Jiffy Growbags in a successful…

Mike Cade, Jiffy Preforma:

"Cost savings come through different stages of production"

With young plant production as the cornerstone for successful horticultural operations, the importance of starting with a high quality liner or plug is paramount. That is why Jiffy has spent the last twenty years continuously improving its Jiffy Preforma plugs. Jiffy Preforma is a high-quality plug used…

Juan Manuel García, Projar:

"Why plants prefer coir, and growers as well"

To understand why coconut fiber is a special growing medium from an agronomic point of view, it is important to analyze the differences between a soil crop and a coir crop and compare the main factors that generate stress at the root level. The behavior of a plant is generally influenced by the…

Agriculture organisation UN reinforces partnership with international atomic energy agency

For more than 57 years, the partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and IAEA has contributed to addressing global challenges, including food insecurity, climate change, animal/zoonotic diseases and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. The IAEA and FAO…

New line of sustainable, organic greenhouse growing media

Gro-Bark, a custom soil and growing media blender, recently announced the launch of a new line of greenhouse growing media which emphasizes greater sustainability of ingredients and is certified organic. This initiative is one of the company’s most recent strategies to further enhance their…

FD Berries says blueberry grow bags make the difference

"Our goal is to reach more than 400 hectares in the next 3 years"

Since 2019, FD Berries in Jalisco Mexico has utilized the FibreDust True Blue Blueberry growbag and couldn’t be happier with the results.  After the company established themselves in Mexico in 2019 to produce substrates locally, they've also started producing blueberries there. Today, FD Berries has more than…

Ireland "must be allowed" to mill peat for horticulture until viable alternative found

Research and innovation “must be applied” to find alternatives to peat for the horticultural Industry – but in the meantime Ireland must be allowed to mill peat for horticulture, independent senator Victor Boyhan has said. In a statement this week, the Seanad Agricultural Panel member said: “I am calling…

Hein Boon, RHP, on the controlled transition in raw materials for substrates

"Each raw material has an impact on the environment"

Over the years, peat has become known as an unsustainable product. Therefore, in many industries as well as in the horticulture industry, companies try to minimize their use of it and are eager to find alternatives or additions to peat as substrate. However, what is the environmental impact of new or…

Going towards a higher share of peat alternatives in phases

About five years ago, political and societal developments made Klasmann Deilmann decide to focus even more on peat alternatives. Since then, around 100-150 alternatives to peat have been reviewed. Some substances have already been incorporated into new substrate mixtures, ranging from a few percent to…

Pirita Luolamaa-Vollebregt, Novarbo Oy on Mosswool:

“Sustainable alternative to stonewool and peat gaining traction in the market”

Last year, Finnish Novarbo Oy (part of Biolan Group) put its first commercial slabs of mosswool on the market. This new substrate, which is a combination of sphagnum and peat, is quickly gaining the interest of growers all over the world. Sphagnum moss is the key element in this product which enables…


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