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"Demand for high quality substrates growing in China"

While the demand for high-quality horticultural substrates has never been greater, growers are increasingly interested in locally sourced and ecofriendly products. Klasmann-Deilmann China is striving to meet those needs among Chinese growers by developing substrates with locally sourced materials, such…

HC

HC’s fiber solutions earn USDA certification for biobased products

The HC Companies is now a recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Labeling Program for both their EcoGrow and FiberGrow lines of sustainable growing containers, as well as their fiber protective packaging solutions. “For over 30 years, HC’s been providing…

University of Florida IFAS Extension

Five tips on using vermicompost in container growing media

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension hosts Dr. Dan Jacques of Sun Gro Horticulture in a new YouTube video. Dan provides tips on using vermicompost as a component in container substrates. Do you know where vermicompost comes from? How it affects pH of your mix? At what rate should…

Video: Five tips on hydroponic substrates

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension interviews Shawn Mallen from A.M.A. Horticulture in a new YouTube video where they discuss the different commercial substrates most commonly used in hydroponic production, the importance of air porosity, and compaction of substrates. This video…

HydraFiber launches Resource Library

"We hope that offering these online resources will put every customer in the driver’s seat"

HydraFiber, the horticultural business of Profile Products, announced the launch of the new digital HydraFiber Resource Library, designed to make it easier than ever for growers and blenders to find information they need to feel confident adopting HydraFiber into their mixes. The Resource Library,…

The First Ceres-FC substrate unit in the Netherlands is for The Green East

Research centrum The Green East in the Dutch town of Raalte is a testing facility with testing greenhouses in the Netherlands. The company is the first Dutch company to receive a Ceres-FC substrate.  The unit's first prototype was presented at the GreenTech 2019 in Amsterdam and since then has been installed many…

Growing Media Europe elects new board members

During a General Assembly held on 29 September 2020, the members of Growing Media Europe (GME) unanimously elected Mr. Moritz Böcking, Mr. Sander van Golberdinge and Mr.…

A northern Sri Lankan coco peat factory launches products, helps rebuild community

From war zone to award-winning coconut coir factory

Raj Janan “Janan” grew up in Northern Sri Lanka and fled the country when the civil war broke out in 1984. He met business partner John Tastad back in 2001. Over the years, they’ve started three different ventures together, ranging from technology companies to rebuilding houses after the 2004 Sri Lanka…

Research: Water and air relations in propagation substrates

Greenhouse propagation of unrooted plant cuttings is characterized by short container cell height and high irrigation frequency. These conditions can result in high moisture…

Frederic Gagnon, Lambert

"We make sure that each cubic foot of your mix is in total conformity with all our specifications"

For over 90 years, Lambert Peat Moss Inc. has been offering a wide range of peat-based products from various grade of Canadian Sphagnum Peat moss to one of its assorted ready to use professional mixes. Lambert Peat Moss has been dedicated to meet the special needs of professional horticulturists, nursery…

Mycorrhizal Applications introduces MycoApply Injector Ecto

Adding to its Injector series of mycorrhizal inoculant products, Mycorrhizal Applications has launched MycoApply Injector Ecto for Fall 2020. MycoApply® Injector Ecto Building…

UK: HTA on peat shortages

The incredible surge in demand for growing media, fuelled by lockdown and the good weather, saw manufacturers struggling to obtain many of the full range of materials, including peat, required to…

Reuse of spent growing media for circular cultivation

Substantially extending the life span of peat- and perlite-based growing media is a measure to increase the sustainability of soilless cultivation. The extraction of peat from pristine peatlands threatens these sensitive ecosystems and carbon sinks, meanwhile resulting in increased emissions of…

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You never know what you will find #aroundthegreenhouse. We noticed this beautiful tree frog in one of our mums. He was relocated to a safe location. A friendly reminder that there’s #beautyeverywhere. pic.twitter.com/fCCuuzAiIF — MetrolinaGreenhouses (@MetrolinaGHS) October 6, 2020

Growing Media Europe reinforces technical expertise

Dr. Nele Ameloot recently joined the Growing Media Europe (GME) team as a technical expert, highly experienced in marketing, Research & Development and project management. As an external consultant, she will support GME on a wide range of topics, including the implementation of the Fertilising Product…

Jiffy’s European substrates now offered in North America

On October 2nd, 2020 Jiffy is introducing European quality peat substrates in the US. Jiffy now offers 26 mixes formulated to fit different crops. As we all know, annuals have different rooting needs than vegetable seedlings. Choosing the right Jiffy substrate helpsgive your plants a great start. All Jiffy’s…

2020 – For Peat’s Sake, what a year!

Graduate devises innovative eco substrate solution during lockdown

This year is in danger of being remembered for all the wrong reasons, and few have been affected more than our younger generation. George Davies is one such example. At the age of 20, his final year at the University of Cardiff was suddenly cut short and he found himself heading back to the peaceful…

James Kapombe, Cocogrow, nominated for Foya Awards Agripreneur of the year (under 30, Kenya)

"Our major focus is to be a plant propagation company offering propagation solutions"

The combination between making good use of the high amount of coconut husk waste that is being produced in Coastal Kenya and the need for coco peat among horticulture growers. That was the reason for James Kapombe to establish his own company Cocogrow in 2018, sourcing coco peat locally. Right after the…

Peat and Peatlands

Science in the service of peatland management

The Canadian horticultural peat moss industry has for many years partnered with the nation’s most respected peatland researchers. Their objectives are to get a better understanding of the peat resource, the peatland ecosystem and its functions, to understand how certain activities might influence these…


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