Substrates

"Human activity means UK peatlands contribute to climate change"

The UK’s peatlands are making a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions because of the way they are managed, a major new study has shown. Peatlands occupy 12% of the UK’s land area and store vast quantities of carbon. Healthy peatlands capture carbon dioxide (CO­ 2 ) from the atmosphere and…

"RHP-certification next step in the supply of high-quality coco resources"

A good start of the trade fair week for FibreDust. At the GreenTech this week, they can announce that they have recently been officially admitted as an RHP-certified supplier of BVB Substrates. This means that the coco coir substrate that FibreDust supplies to BVB meets the highest quality standards in…

Video: Bark-based growing medium for perennials, mums, trees and shrubs

In this video, Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about the PRO-MIX BK55 bark-based growing medium which is designed to be used in greenhouse but also outdoors production. It's suitable for containers greater than 6 inch or 1 qt and crops such as perennials, mums, trees and shrubs. For more…

NL: BVB Substrates to build new warehouse

On May 27, under the watchful eye of Mart van Buuren and the Van Buuren family, grandsons Douwe jr. and Sebas drove the first pile of the new modern warehouse of BVB Substrates in De Lier. The warehouse is the first in the substrate sector where products are stored vertically, with a particular focus on…

Growing Media Europe publishes Sustainability Agenda

Growing Media Europe (GME) presented its first Sustainability Agenda. To download the document from the GME website click here . The Sustainability Agenda serves as a general policy guideline, describing GME's vision on sustainability and setting out the way forward for the growing media sector. Drafted…

Polystyrene foam aggregates in greenhouse substrates

Greenhouse soilless substrates are formulated from various components and amendments. Traditional greenhouse soilless substrate components include peat moss, aged bark, perlite, and/or vermiculite. However, an increased emphasis on sustainability has heightened interests in alternative greenhouse…

Properly applying hydrated limestone to raise substrate pH

When substrate pH drops below 5.4, corrective action is required to adjust or raise substrate pH between the optimal range of 5.8 to 6.2 for most species. Hydrated limestone is one method to quickly adjust substrate pH, and this e-GRO Alert outlines the proper procedure to do so. by W. Garrett Owen (…

RHS Chelsea Flower Show gets first ever Finnish garden

The first show garden created by a Finnish designer will showcase the modern biodiverse meadow garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Landscape designer and environmental biologist Taina Suonio uses Kekkilä-BVB substrates and decorative stones in the nature-like garden The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden.…

Canada: Government awards $1.9M in financial assistance to Lambert Peat Moss

Lambert Peat Moss is one of the key players in the peat moss industry in Quebec. To ensure its growth, the company is receiving a repayable contribution of $1.9 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. With this financial assistance, the SME will be able to improve its productivity…

Growing healthy oaks: Niagara College students share research

With their unique root systems, oak trees can be tough to grow and often develop root defects during the first stages of growth when roots come into contact with the propagation tray's walls. But where there is a horticulture challenge, there is also an opportunity to find solutions. Under the guidance…

US: APHIS seeks comments on environmental assessment for importing plants in approved growing media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared and is accepting comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for…


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