Quentin Gomis, Biogrow Substrates, on the Mexican market:

"We see an ever-increasing interest in hydroponic growing"

"Ever since I was a little boy, my dad took me to the greenhouses where he worked. From a very young age I knew everything about growing tomatoes: the planting, the seedlings, taking care of the growth, and picking them," says Quentin Gomis. He has just been hired as the new commercial manager for…

PlantPaper U1 has achieved Plastic Free Certification

"Certified Plastic Free plug system sets new world standard"

PlantPaper U1 has achieved Plastic Free Certification, making them among the first plug system in the world with the global standardised Plastic Free Trust Mark from the organisation A Plastic Planet. The Plastic Free certificate provides growers, distributers, and consumers with complete confidence that…

Blackmore company launches Air Tray line of root air pruning trays

"Healthier plants that transplant faster"

Blackmore Company is announcing the official launch of their Air Tray line of patented root air pruning trays. The cornerstone of this technology is a tray design that maximizes air flow around the root zone, optimizing root air pruning, and closely simulating natural root development in container…

Study on influence of growing media on parameters of crown lily

An experiment entitled “Standardization of Growing Media for Pot Culture of Crown Lily (Fritillaria imperialis L.)’’ was carried out at the Floricultural experimental field SKUAST-K during the year 2017-18. The investigation involved 11 treatment combinations (T1 = Soil/control, T2 =Soil + Sand 1:1, T3 =…

Catherine Dawnson of Melcourt explains at CIH webinar

A perspective on peat-free growing media in the UK

Yesterday, March 8, in a webinar organized by Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH), Catherine Dawnson of Melcourt gave her perspective, as a manufacturer, on peat-free growing media in the UK. In the webinar, she presented alternatives to peat, if there is enough to go around and if it is too…

Mike Cade, Jiffy Preforma:

"Cost savings come through different stages of production"

With young plant production as the cornerstone for successful horticultural operations, the importance of starting with a high quality liner or plug is paramount. That is why Jiffy has spent the last twenty years continuously improving its Jiffy Preforma plugs. Jiffy Preforma is a high-quality plug used…

US: HC's fiber package earns FSC recycled 100% designation

The HC Companies has been formally recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council for their portfolio of fiber growing and protective packaging solutions with the designation of "FSC Recycled 100%". This recognition is part of HC's continued commitment towards manufacturing more sustainable offerings for…

Juan Manuel García, Projar:

"Why plants prefer coir, and growers as well"

To understand why coconut fiber is a special growing medium from an agronomic point of view, it is important to analyze the differences between a soil crop and a coir crop and compare the main factors that generate stress at the root level. The behavior of a plant is generally influenced by the…

Catherine Dawson, Melcourt:

UK: "Depending on the timescale, it will become a challenge to fill the gap that is left by peat"

For about two decades now, the UK government is pressing on the reduction in quantity of peat used for commercial and domestic horticultural purposes, but since Bord na Mona decided to end all peat extraction on its own land, it made people realize that the end of peat is really real now. "Depending on…

New line of sustainable, organic greenhouse growing media

Gro-Bark, a custom soil and growing media blender, recently announced the launch of a new line of greenhouse growing media which emphasizes greater sustainability of ingredients and is certified organic. This initiative is one of the company’s most recent strategies to further enhance their…

From the Grow'21 Festival, Kekkilä-BVB

It's an interaction: pH-value, fertilising and peat(free) substrate

The Grow'21 Festival came to an end yesterday. This virtual event was organized by Kekkilä-BVB. It was three days in which the green industry came together online. The third and last day was all about sustainable cultivation in the future for professional growers. And how can growing mediums for future…

Hein Boon, RHP, on the controlled transition in raw materials for substrates

"Each raw material has an impact on the environment"

Over the years, peat has become known as an unsustainable product. Therefore, in many industries as well as in the horticulture industry, companies try to minimize their use of it and are eager to find alternatives or additions to peat as substrate. However, what is the environmental impact of new or…

The ins and outs of New growing media

Free RHP webinar series for consultants world wide

Do you advise growers about their culture? And do you want to learn more about the ins and outs of New Growing Media? RHP launches a free webinar series.  In 3 webinars (in English)…

Catherine Dawson, explains in CIHort webinar on March 10th

A perspective on growing media in the UK in 2021

The future availability and use of peat is an issue that affects many sectors within the industry from young-plant raisers to hardy nursery stock production. Especially…

Pirita Luolamaa-Vollebregt, Novarbo Oy:

"Sphagnum: a sustainable alternative to peat"

Last year, Finnish Novarbo Oy (part of Biolan Group) put its first commercial slabs of mosswool on the market. This new substrate, which is a combination of sphagnum and peat, is quickly gaining the interest of growers all over the world. Sphagnum moss is the key element in this product which enables…


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