Substrates

New bio-based shading agent delivered in powder form

"Our newly developed shading agent is bio-based, making it a sustainable alternative to most products available nowadays. On top of that, we can transport more product since we distribute it in powder form. Also because of this, we are making strides in affordability and sustainability, without…

Mohamed Raashid, Evergreen Exports:

“People tend to choose their coir pith based on EC, sand content and expansion volume”

Evergreen Exports in India manufactures and exports Coir pith, or cocopeat, a by-product of coir fiber extraction. The low EC premium 5 Kg Coir pith blocks the company produces have many applications and can be used in nurseries, greenhouses, home gardening, farming, horticulture, potting soil, hydroseed…

Peat substitutes and fermentation residues on display at IPM

The Julius Kühn Institute will show five ongoing projects on peat substitutes in horticulture at IPM 2023 in Essen. Among the exhibits awaiting visitors are stinging nettles. Fermentation residues and peat-free substrates will be on display as well. Peat reduction is the main topic at the booth, which is…

“Black growbags could benefit vegetable crops as well”

These weeks, growers all over the world are putting young plants in their greenhouses. The freshly cleaned greenhouse, filled with sparkling young plants and clean white growbags look radiant. That could be a very different sight in a few years. "Black growbags could provide improved earliness," says Wim…

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Navigating through substrate shortages

Will the recent innovations and shift in substrate composition, use, and management be a thing of the past or the beginning of the “new normal” for producing crops in soilless growing systems? Evidence suggests the latter option is more likely to be the case. Some of the efforts by growers to find…

Jiffy coir pellets for Sri Lankan vertical farm

Which coir pellets to choose was a no-brainer for Aneeshan Tyagarajah of Honest Greens. “Everyone knows about Jiffy,” laughs the cofounder of Honest Greens, a Sri Lankan vertical farm. “In fact, Jiffy makes their coir pellets just around the corner from us.” How to grow premium leafy greensAneeshan…

New processing facility for Sri Lanka coir producer

Trump Coir Celebrated their 13th anniversary in November 2022. Their USA partner was present for the occasion and ceremoniously opened the new Raw Material Processing Facility located in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. "With this new development which comprises a vast drying floor and enhanced storage facility, we…

"Increasing demand for coco substrate and sustainable cultivation systems with circular fertilizers"

Innovation and sustainability are terms you often hear in passing. At a company like Van der Knaap, they are very much focused on distinguishing themselves in those areas, says Peter van den Dool, Company Development Officer. "We really want to be able to stand out in terms of innovation, sustainability,…

Towards peat-free potting soil and substrate

The use of peat in potting soil and substrate is under pressure. Fourteen organizations, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Action Group TurfVrij, and the Association of Potting Soil and Substrate Manufacturers of the Netherlands (VPN), recently agreed on how the peat…


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