Substrates

Maria Castellani, Flora Toscana on project SubSed:

“We want to turn waste into a supply”

A lot of flowers in Toscana are being produced on peat but in the future they may be skipping the peat for dredge remediated sediments from the port of Livorno. At least that is the aim for the project SubSed that Flora Toscana is working on with the support of the LIFE program of the European Union. “We…

Handelsonderneming C.J. Klep starts with Substrate Optimaal

"Year-round stable supply of substrate is becoming increasingly important"

It all started for Handelsonderneming C.J. Klep in 1994 as a dealer of the well-known peat bales. Nowadays the grower has much more choice and the assortment with substrate mixtures offered by Klep has grown considerably. In order to make it more prominent, Klep has been marketing the substrates under…

"Everything that happens underground influences what grows above"

Jack van Batenburg, Shakti Cocos: "Worldwide, the demand for cocos is increasing. For suppliers, this is not only an opportunity, but also a threat. This creates leeway for suppliers who play fast and loose with quality demands, while quality is of utmost importance in cocos." Since last year, the…

“Use of coco coir to grow substantially over the next decades”

With a history of only 25 years, coco is a relatively new product in the horticultural industry. Its popularity has been on a continuous rise and is expected to keep on growing over the next couple of years. “The European growing industry was very peat minded, but this has changed. Nowadays peat and coco…

Dilution procedure: Determining initial substrate pH

Prior to transplant, growers can determine initial substrate pH by utilizing the 1:2 dilution method. This monitoring procedure determines: 1) the limestone reactivity thereby adjusting substrate pH; 2) if the substrate pH is too low or high; 3) if corrective procedures are required prior to transplant…

CAN (ON): RootSmart field trials show healthier tree establishment

Ontario horticulture researchers continue to demonstrate the impact of RootSmart, a tree propagation tray that uses air pruning to promote healthier root structures in seedlings. A.M.A. Horticulture launched the RootSmart innovation at the Landscape Ontario Congress in 2018. Now one year later, ongoing field trials…

Cyclone Gaja tests resilience of coco industry

Coco coir is used broadly in the horticultural industry. Being renewable and reusable, it offers growers an alternative with lower discarding costs. In addition, growing on a plant-based substrate is valued by its users, as well as the forgiving nature of the substrate: it can contain a lot of water and…


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