Substrates

Hort Americas and VegBed team up

"Sustainable medium to grow microgreens with"

Hort Americas and VegBed have announced a new partnership to offer microgreen farms a sustainable medium to grow with. The agreement complements the current growing media product lineup at Hort Americas and strengthens the distribution reach of VegBed’s sustainable microgreen mats. It will give farmers a new…

Mosswool regrows within twenty years

"Better production with sustainable addition to peat"

The first Mosswool factory is currently being completed and will be operational within this year. What is this new growing medium, and why is supplying company Novarbo Oy so enthusiastic about it? According to Pirita Luolamaa-Vollebregt, it’s a sustainable addition to peat, as the Mosswool regrows within…

Polish substrate for organic mushroom farming in Poland

Greenyard Mycoculture Poland, formerly known as Mykogen and was part of the Greenyard Group until mid-December, is the first mushroom substrate manufacturer to offer substrate for organic farming in Poland. Polish growers had until now to import this type of substrate from Germany or the Netherlands. The…

Handelsonderneming C.J. Klep starts with Substrate Optimaal

"Year-round stable supply of substrate is becoming increasingly important"

It all started for Handelsonderneming C.J. Klep in 1994 as a dealer of the well-known peat bales. Nowadays the grower has much more choice and the assortment with substrate mixtures offered by Klep has grown considerably. In order to make it more prominent, Klep has been marketing the substrates under…

"Real-time insight enables growers to directly improve their cultivation practices"

Corporate StartLife partner Klasmann-Deilmann and StartLife startup Sigrow collaborate in commercial horticulture. Their co-operation is resulting in insights and benefits for greenhouse growers. StartLife-startup Sigrow is working together with greenhouse growers to provide more insights in their growing environment. At one grower, they…

Han de Groot director Vereniging Potgrond- en Substraatfabrikanten Nederland

The Verening Potgrond-en Substraatfabrikanten Nederland has, in the person of Han de Groot, a director as per January 1, 2019. Han de Groot has earned his merits in the business world, consulting industry, and at…

Kekkilä-BVB

"We provide access to a more sustainable way of growing"

Finnish Kekkilä and Dutch BVB Substrates have come together, combining decades of horticultural know-how to create a leader in the European growing media sector “Thanks to smart technology, vast…

“Use of coco coir to grow substantially over the next decades”

With a history of only 25 years, coco is a relatively new product in the horticultural industry. Its popularity has been on a continuous rise and is expected to keep on growing over the next couple of years. “The European growing industry was very peat minded, but this has changed. Nowadays peat and coco…

China: Coco peat show its worth in fruit nurseries in Yunnan

In recent years, coco peat and coco-peat based blends have been gaining popularity and used by an increasing number of nurseries and farm operators, citing the superior technical attributes of coco products in terms of water retention, roots area aeration as well as the direct benefit of cost advantage…

Dilution procedure: Determining initial substrate pH

Prior to transplant, growers can determine initial substrate pH by utilizing the 1:2 dilution method. This monitoring procedure determines: 1) the limestone reactivity thereby adjusting substrate pH; 2) if the substrate pH is too low or high; 3) if corrective procedures are required prior to transplant…

January 16, 2019

Webinar: Substrate evolution - Is wood really good?

Perhaps second only to pollinator protection, the buzz surrounding the use of wood fiber substrates has increased drastically in the past 2-3 years. Dr. Brian Jackson, Associate Professor with North Carolina State University, will cover the history and evolution of wood fiber substrates and explore the…

Video: Finding the right fertilizer for your berries

There are several types of small fruits and berries that are produced in pot culture in commercial greenhouses or outdoors, like blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel goes over the ideal PRO-MIX product to match your specific needs. For more information Premier Tech Horticulture Office 1, avenue…

Designs on sustainably sourced growing media

Over the last 20 years, in response to both customer pressure and government policy, the horticulture industry has invested heavily in finding ways to source professional growing media responsibly and more sustainably while reducing peat usage. A huge range of materials considered as 'peat substitute'…

Eli Shalmon, Pelemix:

"Thailand production facility - addition in securing coco supplies”

As an addition to their facilities in Sri Lanka and India, coco coir manufacturer Pelemix opened their Thai production facility at the end of last year. By doing so, the company answers to the rising demand for coco substrates and to the challenges presented to the industry by raw material supply and…

Cyclone Gaja tests resilience of coco industry

Coco coir is used broadly in the horticultural industry. Being renewable and reusable, it offers growers an alternative with lower discarding costs. In addition, growing on a plant-based substrate is valued by its users, as well as the forgiving nature of the substrate: it can contain a lot of water and…

"Mars and Mull share similar soil"

NASA’s InSight lander has been headline news in recent weeks, as it continues to send back clear images of the rocky and unforgiving surface of Mars. However, the previous exploration robot sent to roam the red planet, the Curiosity rover, has been beaming back invaluable data for years, giving…

"Agriculture Bill will make biochar an even more attractive option to growers"

In the last two months the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) officially recognised biochar as a “promising Negative Emissions Technology (NET)”, and the Royal…

The future of soil disinfestation in the European regulatory climate

At the 9th International Symposium on soil and substrate disinfestation held in Crete, Greece in September scientific experts of the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS), discussed the important challenges faced by European growers due to the lack of plant protection solutions for the…

Why water management stays hot

Lately, a fascinating article in the Financial Times, ‘Future of food, inside agritech’s Silicon Valley’, caught my eye. A journalist traveled to Wageningen to see it for himself - Wageningen University (WUR) a major driver for groundbreaking food innovations. Not only in the Netherlands, but also globally. It made me proud…

The major happenings in a row

Special Year Overview

Ho ho ho ho! It is almost that time of the year again and being in full holiday spirit already, we will start with our Special Year Overview today. In this special, we will look back at 2018 and we will highlight the most important news that impacted the industry. New greenhouses, events, shows, technical novelties & all other relevant news…


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