More sustainable substrates are now equal to peat and rock wool

Is it possible to grow strawberries and tomatoes on a substrate with renewable raw materials without yield differences compared to growing them on peat and rock wool? Yes, according to large-scale international comparative research. Last week, the results of the four-year study were presented at…

US: Achievements in researching soilless substrates

Brian Schulker’s research in soilless culture plant growing systems has yielded some noteworthy achievements through his master’s degree and now into his Ph.D. program with the Department of Horticultural Science. Soilless culture plant production is an area of extreme growth (globally) and its relevance…

“We have seen that our berry varieties perform better in these pots"

Tomas Gonzalez, Head of Production at Snack Berries: “We have seen that the varieties that we produce perform better in Plantlogic pots, achieving higher yields compared to other containers and bags” “Its unique design is a plus, as is its good drainage and good results in root conformation, has helped…

Papaya propagation in India with Jiffy-7C

"Showing the germination rates convinced growers to use our pellets"

Papaya cultivation is big business in India: the country grows 120 million papaya plants a year, more than any other. Many are propagated in Jiffy-7C Pellets. Rajendra Kumar is Jiffy’s distributor in India, and Athula Fernando of Jiffy Asia. Together, they ensure papaya nurseries can always trial J7C.…

Substrate specialists meet online on 26 August

On 26 August, Growing Media Europe 2021 is organising an Industry and Policy Day. During this day, aimed at industry and policy, various presentations will be given on the…

Toby Wright, Les Serres des Grands Lac:

"It is important that we maintain a logic in our growing approach"

The first greenhouse Toby Wright grew tomatoes in, had a 3.5m gutter height. Ever since then, he's been following the developments in the industry very closely and has reaped the opportunities being offered by the use of new techniques in order to look for means to be more competitive. That is, only…

Hydroponic system proven beneficial for root development

According to an independent study carried out by the University of Turin, the technology offered by NGS, a manufacturer of hydroponics equipment in Europe, is an versatile SCS (Soil-less Cultivation System) with remarkable commercial and production advantages and suitable for growing plants as it…

Jiffy Growblock and Growbag trials in Latin America

"Once people see the benefits of new technologies, they wonder why they didn’t start sooner"

“It can be difficult to persuade people to try these new technologies,” admits Germán Cuitiño Christin. “But once they see the benefits, they wonder why they didn’t start sooner.” Demonstrating the advantages for greenhouse horticultureGermán is an agricultural researcher at Tecnoflor, a growers’…

Riococo answered to the rising demand for quality coco

"Expanding our warehouses and our distributing network"

Over the past 5 years, Riococo has made a name for itself among the world’s largest, medium to smallest high tech medium and low-tech cannabis growers. "Before that, since 2004, we've made a global brand name among produce growers in 62 countries," Edward McMahon says. "When we first introduced our 5…

Finding the best tailored substrate for raspberries

"A good distribution of the roots is highly relevant"

Over the past months, Thwan van Gennip and BVB Substrates have been working together on finding the best-tailored substrates for different raspberry plant varieties at his company. Thwan van Gennip is internationally known for the production of multiple types of soft fruits and the propagation of…

"Strawberry Green for the best & fastest rooting"

Strawberry Green can be tailored to a grower's exact needs, but is generally composed of BVB Accretio, coir, and perlite. "We’ve been talking about that first component for a while now and with good reason. It has proved itself to be a supreme addition to strawberry substrates over and over," BVB…

"New wetting agent allows growers to improve profit with reduced water costs.”

Verano365®’s latest input innovation for greenhouse growers and soilless growing media producers addresses soil moisture management with a wetting agent powered by OpusMAX®.…

Profile Products partners with FibreDust for new coir and engineered fiber blocks

"Combining benefits of coir and fiberes into one ready-to-use block"

Profile Products, the manufacturer of HydraFiber engineered fiber substrate, is partnering with FibreDust, a supplier of coconut coir production, to provide growers and blenders with a preblended mix option that combines the benefits of coir and engineered fibers into one ready-to-use block. FibreDust…

Biodegradable grow bags available

Sri Lankan company Packaging Alliance has created biodegradable grow bags for the horticultural industry. "The packaging industry remains the most prominent consumer of plastic bags. These bags are still used in large quantities across the packaging industry, but the end-users are often critical of…

ICL strengthens team appointing technical manager for growing media

"I am confident most sectors can make the transition to peat-free alternatives"

To help growers meet the new sustainable growing media challenges that lie ahead, ICL Professional Horticulture has further strengthened its technical team appointing Stuart Gammage to the role of Technical Manager for Growing Media in the UK and Ireland. With nearly 30 years’ practical hands-on growing…

Klasmann-Deilmann acquires Australian Growing Solutions Pty

“The global demand for growing media constantly increases"

With effect from July 31, 2021, Klasmann-Deilmann is taking over Australian Growing Solutions Pty Ltd (AGS). AGS is the largest and most renowned supplier of raw materials and substrates to the Australian commercial horticulture market. Both companies are linked by a long-standing partnership. With this…

sphagnum peatmoss, coconut coir, and aged pine bark

Hydration characteristics of three greenhouse substrate components tested

Particles in a substrate create a network of pore pathways for water to move through, with size and shape determining the efficacy of these channels. Reduced particle size diversity can lead to increased leachate, poor substrate hydration, and an inefficient irrigation practice. This research examined…

RHP certification for Remmy Substrates

The company Remmy Substrates is RHP Horticulture certified with its coir products. Based on research and inspections executed by ECAS, the company complies with the…


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