Substrates

A northern Sri Lankan coco peat factory launches products, helps rebuild community

From war zone to award-winning coconut coir factory

Raj Janan “Janan” grew up in Northern Sri Lanka and fled the country when the civil war broke out in 1984. He met business partner John Tastad back in 2001. Over the years, they’ve started three different ventures together, ranging from technology companies to rebuilding houses after the 2004 Sri Lanka…

Frederic Gagnon, Lambert

"We make sure that each cubic foot of your mix is in total conformity with all our specifications"

For over 90 years, Lambert Peat Moss Inc. has been offering a wide range of peat-based products from various grade of Canadian Sphagnum Peat moss to one of its assorted ready to use professional mixes. Lambert Peat Moss has been dedicated to meet the special needs of professional horticulturists, nursery…

Agronomy

Promising composts as growing media for the production of baby leaf lettuce in a floating system

The floating system is a successful strategy for producing baby leaf vegetables. Moreover, compost from agricultural and agri-food industry wastes is an alternative to peat that can be used as a component of growing media in this cultivation system. In a new study, researchers experimented with three…

Sustainability: Botanicoir and LEAF

Sustainability is a topic that is becoming an increasingly important attribute of many organisations, in response to the significant climate and ecological challenges currently being faced. In addition, COVID-19 has highlighted the need for strengthening food supply chains across the globe and has…

German substrate supplier Hawita eying export markets

The big hectic created by COVID-19 in the horticulture industry seems to be over. Things have stabilized, but the situation is far from normal. For many companies that used to visit their international existing and potential clients several times a year in-person, this type of contact has come down to…

Lettuce in a hydroponic system: 100% organic nutrients

Van der Knaap is known for their substrate knowledge, but did you know they also developed a sustainable cultivation system? The liquid nutrient solution rich in organic NO3 that is produced with this system is also extremely suitable for other cultivation systems, such as growing lettuce in a hydroponic…

Reuse of spent growing media for circular cultivation

Substantially extending the life span of peat- and perlite-based growing media is a measure to increase the sustainability of soilless cultivation. The extraction of peat from pristine peatlands threatens these sensitive ecosystems and carbon sinks, meanwhile resulting in increased emissions of…

Growing Media Europe reinforces technical expertise

Dr. Nele Ameloot recently joined the Growing Media Europe (GME) team as a technical expert, highly experienced in marketing, Research & Development and project management. As an external consultant, she will support GME on a wide range of topics, including the implementation of the Fertilising Product…

Jiffy’s European substrates now offered in North America

On October 2nd, 2020 Jiffy is introducing European quality peat substrates in the US. Jiffy now offers 26 mixes formulated to fit different crops. As we all know, annuals have different rooting needs than vegetable seedlings. Choosing the right Jiffy substrate helpsgive your plants a great start. All Jiffy’s…

Thomas Peters, Grodan:

"The start is crucial for every crop"

Growing young vegetable plants is and remains a specialist branch in the greenhouse horticulture sector. Growers set high standards for their vegetable plants and the bar is raised every year. The start is crucial for every crop in the horticulture sector and the right start requires the right product,…

2020 – For Peat’s Sake, what a year!

Graduate devises innovative eco substrate solution during lockdown

This year is in danger of being remembered for all the wrong reasons, and few have been affected more than our younger generation. George Davies is one such example. At the age of 20, his final year at the University of Cardiff was suddenly cut short and he found himself heading back to the peaceful…

Interactions between microbes and substrate modulate bacterial amendments' effectiveness

There is a need for plant growing media that can support a beneficial microbial root environment to ensure that optimal plant growth properties can be achieved. A recent study investigated the effect of five rhizosphere bacterial community inocula (BCI S1–5) that were collected at three open field…

Comparison of water capture efficiency in different substrates

Substrate wettability is an important factor in determining effective and efficient irrigation techniques for container-grown crops. Reduced substrate wettability can lead to lower substrate water capture, excessive leaching and poor plant growth. A recent study examined substrate water capture using…

Premier Tech

Substrate handling influences air porosity

To fully understand how air porosity can impact a greenhouse crop, let's start by looking at the 4 functions of a substrate: it provides support for roots, it serves as a water reservoir and as exchange sites for nutrients and it promotes the gaseous exchange between the rhizosphere around the roots and…

Premier Tech

Substrate handling influences water holding capacity

Water holding capacity is greatly influenced by the size of the growing medium particles. Coarse particles create macropores which account for drainage and air porosity, while fine particles create micropores which retain water. A mixture of coarse and fine particles can be prejudicial for a substrate…

Peat and Peatlands

Science in the service of peatland management

The Canadian horticultural peat moss industry has for many years partnered with the nation’s most respected peatland researchers. Their objectives are to get a better understanding of the peat resource, the peatland ecosystem and its functions, to understand how certain activities might influence these…

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Composition, functions and use of various growing media

Growing media are one of the most widely used materials for growing greenhouse crops. With many different formulations available for growers, it can be a challenge to choose which is the best blend to use. Understanding the composition, functions and intended use can make the selection process easier.…

Coco fiber and coir production facility joins the Fibredust family

Fibredust announces new Mexican operation “Costa Sur”

US based Fibredust announced the expansion of their Mexican operation to include the production facility in beautiful Jalisco Mexico. This 10 hectare facility offers a new avenue for coir and fiber made and shipped from Mexico. “The addition of Costa Sur to the Fibredust family enables efficient shipment…

coco from Boekel to growers Jan & Birgitte in Uden

“Outside using coco substrates? Nobody else is doing that”

There are hardly any areas in the world where coco producer and supplier Dutch Plantin does not deliver. Professional growers worldwide use the coco substrates for their soft fruit, vegetable and flower cultivation. But perhaps the most innovative customer is just around the corner. Jan van den Elzen…

Strong disease suppressing effects with TerrAktiv PLUS

Microbial enriched growing media

The biological suppression of common plant diseases increasingly becomes the preferred alternative to chemical plant protection. Adding biostimulants to a growing medium can induce the required suppressing effects. Based on long-term research, Klasmann-Deilmann has developed TerrAktiv PLUS, a unique constituent consisting of…

Kurt Lauwers starts working at Willems Perlite after 19 years at Hollandplant

Kurt Lauwers, one of the familiar faces at Hollandplant as a salesperson, recently made a remarkable career move. After 19 years he has moved to the Belgian substrate supplier Willems Perlite. “I have always enjoyed working at Hollandplant, but I was ready for a new challenge,” says Kurt Lauwers. “I found…

Wood fiber and coir blend leads to new, sustainable substrate

US based FibreDust announces the release of Coir WTF 70/30. "The patent pending blend takes coir to the next level. We are blending wood fiber and coir at our factories and compressing the product for efficient global delivery in grow bags, grow cubes, disks, layflat slabs, and more. "Fibredust is always…


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