“The tropical market is strong”, says Lars Jensen with Blackmore. As we speak, they are exhibiting at the Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) in Tampa, Florida. There, they showed their new product concept Rootzone PlantItFriendly, for the first time. Today is the final day of this 3-day event and in this article, we give a small impression of the show and what's on display.
The booth of Blackmore.
At the booth of Blackmore, they showcased their new product concept Rootzone PlantItFriendly. “Our Air Tray solution allows growing plants without plastic pots, thus reducing the amount of soil being used, ensuring a better root system, and decreasing plastic use by 95%. Combined with the automation options, it’s a well-known solution among growers. But it doesn't look like much consumer friendly,” says Lars. That’s why together with a European supplier, they created a paper sleeve, a simple and slick solution to address the aesthetics of the Ellepot. “The paper sleeve can be custom printed or left generic and is waterproof for 2-3 weeks. It shows the plants' aesthetics to the consumer, while still reducing the plastic use by 95 percent.”
The paper sleeve of Blackmore.
Impression of the show
TPIE is a trade event that is showcasing the latest trends in foliage, floral, and tropicals. 450 exhibitors (across 770 exhibit booth spaces) are showcasing their products and services. Some pictures below.
Fibredust is also exhibiting at the show. "Lots of interest in seed paper, Kids gardening kits, and coir!", says Sam Ahilan (on the left)
The team of United Greenhouse Systems, from left to right: Dan Bilhorn, Nate Bilhorn amnd Johan van den Beukel.
Below are more pictures to give an impression of the show (sent in by Johan van den Beukel)
It is too early to take stock of the show, as visitor statistics have not been published, yet. However, before the show took off, expectations were high already; the organization reported that buyers and attendees from 45 states and 22 nations were pre-registered to attend TPIE.
Today (January 21) is the last day of the show. Eager to know what to expect? Check it out.
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