Substrates

Wim Roosen, Dutch Plantin

"We are investing to secure the coco supply"

For the second year in a row, the team with Dutch Plantin is building a new factory in India. In addition, the Dutch facilities are being expanded. "The demand for coconut products is increasing worldwide - we're expecting to reach one million extra grow-bags per year this year," says Wim Roosen. "Then…

Yellow Pallet: Banana fibre pallets substantially reduce CO2 emissions

Approximately 21 million pallets are needed each year for the export of fruit from the tropics. These pallets need large amounts of wood and too much energy is consumed in their distribution. Start-up Yellow Pallet makes pallets from banana fiber; a more sustainable option that counters deforestation.…

Research into organic residues as potting soil constituents

Potting soil consists of a mixture with, for example, peat, coconut or wood fibers. Organic residues may also be added to this, but according to industry regulations up to a certain maximum. This is because residues such as compost, roadside grass and other organic residuals can have negative effects on…

Grodan supports pepper grower’s sustainability ambitions

"We were keen to move away from bulk and focus more on the top segment"

Rob Moors is the second generation of his family to own Kwekerij Moors, an ambitious pepper-growing company with 19 hectares across two sites. Rob has been working together with Grodan and shares how the company supports his company’s commitment to quality and sustainability. When Kwekerij Moors was founded…

"Strawberry production with organic fertilizer is significantly higher”

In innovation center ‘de Kas’ by Van der Knaap Group, tests are being conducted with a diverse range of vegetable crops. The tests focus on various types of substrates and mineral versus organic nutrition for crops. This article will discuss the strawberry test conducted. Last year, Van der Knaap…

Wageningen University

Research into organic residues as potting soil constituents

​Potting soil consists of a mixture with, for example, peat, coconut or wood fibers. Organic residues may also be added to this, but according to industry regulations up to a certain maximum. This is because residues such as compost, roadside grass and other organic residuals can have negative effects on…

Gregor Ziegler launches Timpor Hydrofibre

"New peat substitute is aggregate for substrates"

"We're stirring up the market of peat substitutes once again," Matthias Ziegler with Gregor Ziegler announces. With Timpor Hydrofibre, Ziegler expands, as of now, the wood fibre range with a particularly water-storing variation. “The product innovation promises to bring further momentum in the area of…

Jiffy doubles its growbags range

Jiffy has doubled its range of growbags. "Now it’s easier than ever for plant propagators and growers to meet their crops’ needs and boost yields," the company states in a press release.  New Jiffy Essence Growbags: "the perfect budget choice"Jiffy Essence is our new standard range of growbags. Filled with Jiffy’s peat-free substrate,…

Compost made from recycled organics a big winner for greenhouse radish grower

Diego Galindo from Wavertree Farms, Somersby NSW used compost made from recycled organics in his radish greenhouse. Recycled organics compost was applied 10 tonnes per hectare to increase water infiltration to the soil and reduce radish size variability. Diego was impressed with the results and has added…

Growing Media Europe welcomes two new members

Growing Media Europe (GME) keeps growing strongly with two new members having joined the association in November 2020. We are pleased to announce that the German company COMPO…

"Demand for high quality substrates growing in China"

While the demand for high-quality horticultural substrates has never been greater, growers are increasingly interested in locally sourced and ecofriendly products. Klasmann-Deilmann China is striving to meet those needs among Chinese growers by developing substrates with locally sourced materials, such…

HC

HC’s fiber solutions earn USDA certification for biobased products

The HC Companies is now a recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Labeling Program for both their EcoGrow and FiberGrow lines of sustainable growing containers, as well as their fiber protective packaging solutions. “For over 30 years, HC’s been providing…

University of Florida IFAS Extension:

Five tips on using vermicompost in container growing media

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension hosts Dr. Dan Jacques of Sun Gro Horticulture in a new YouTube video. Dan provides tips on using vermicompost as…

pulling water from the air

"Self-watering soil could transform farming"

A new type of soil created by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin can pull water from the air and distribute it to plants, potentially expanding the map of farmable land around the globe to previously inhospitable places and reducing water use in agriculture at a time of growing droughts. As published…

Video: Five tips on hydroponic substrates

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension interviews Shawn Mallen from A.M.A. Horticulture in a new YouTube video where they discuss the different commercial substrates most commonly used in hydroponic production, the importance of air porosity, and compaction of substrates. This video…


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