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How substrate structure influences water holding capacity

A high-quality plant starts with a healthy and strong seedling or cutting. When choosing a substrate to sow seed or to root cuttings, growers often wonder which substrate to use. Choosing the right substrate not only depends on the physical properties of the substrate, but also on the type of plants to…

Stefanie van Wienhoven, Grodan:

"Producing more with less water and nutrients"

The concept of 'Precision Growing' stipulates that optimal growing conditions can be achieved during an entire growing season. In precision cultivation the plants are supplied with the exact amount of water and fertilizers they need. Excess water and fertilizers can be collected efficiently and be…

BVB Substrates joins forces with Kekkilä

BVB Substrates has been producing substrates for a century. To serve customers better with sustainable solutions, BVB Substrates is joining forces with Kekkilä, a subsidiary of the Finnish company Vapo Oy. Peter Jan Kuiper, CEO BVB: 'An excellent combination that matches our ambition.' The official merger of BVB…

"Seaweed could be key to lower nutrient and water use in horticulture"

Water and fertiliser use in horticulture could be reduced, without lowering yields, by using biostimulants such as seaweed extract and beneficial microbes, says UK research organisation NIAB EMR. NIAB EMR, and its research partner Dove Associates, have combined the use of biostimulants with innovative sensors that monitor…

"Wood fiber blends offer increased sustainability"

Gro-Bark, a Walker Environmental Company, is continuing to offer horticultural wood fiber blends as another sustainable mix ingredient in many different forms available to the…

"Many suppliers can bring you coco, only a few can bring you a product consistent and uniform"

While many coir supplies come and go, there are a few that are in it for the long haul. Riococo is one such supplier. The company has been providing coir product to commercial agriculture for over 15 years. With a large focus on sustainability many growers around the world continue to switch to coco from other forms…

UK: Summer’s drought spurs on efforts to reduce peat use

Industry research and innovation on alternatives to using peat in commercial horticulture will be showcased at a series of AHDB events this autumn. The hot dry summer has increased the urgency to shift to responsibly-sourced growing media. Professional horticulturalists have until 2030 to hit a voluntary…

Oboya receives several orders on substrates in China

Oboya Horticulture Industries has through its wholly owned subsidiary Oboya Commerce and Trade Co. Ltd in China, received several orders from new Chinese customers. The total order value amounted to EUR 5.2 million, corresponding approximately to SEK 54.2 million. The new orders concerns sale of 750…

Horticubes retail packs suitable for growers big and small

Smithers-Oasis Company offers a new retail pack of its Oasis Grower Solutions Horticubes growing media, a lower density and higher drainage foam that is specially engineered for hydroponic seed germination of vegetables and herbs.   Horticubes higher drainage design helps to maintain an ideal air-to-water balance,…

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…

First RPP labelled growing media on the market

Responsibly Produced Peat (RPP) announces that the first 4 companies produce RPP-labelled growing media products: Lentse & Slingerland Potgrond from the Netherlands, Greenyard Horticulture from Belgium and Compo and Euflor from Germany. They meet all the standards to bring RPP labelled products on the…

How did oxygenation of irrigation water affect bedding plants?

Research at the University of Florida focused on evaluating whether oxygenation of irrigation water affected plant growth and substrate dissolved oxygen (DO) levels during mist propagation of unrooted cuttings and subsequent growth in containers. There were no measured differences in root growth when…


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