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"New substrate fiber fits into the future of cultivation"

The new Nygaia substrate fiber will be presented at GreenTech Amsterdam at the RAI from June 13 to 15, 2023. "As the Netherlands' leading horticultural technology platform,…

The HTA calls on the Scottish Government to deliver a sustainable, supported, and realistic transition to peat-free

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has set out a detailed response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Ending the Sale of Peat, representing the views from the breadth of its 1,400-strong membership – from growers to landscapers, retailers to manufacturers. The consultation, which launched…

Buffered coco coir achieves OMRI listing

Buffered coco coir that has not only been organically produced but also is OMRI listed – that's CalciGro, recently launched by FibreDust. "CalciGro offers improved nutrient uptake, lower electrical conductivity (EC), and a high cation exchange capacity (CEC), making it an ideal choice for a wide range of…

“Substrate enriched with organic compost offers powerful nutritional benefits to growers”

A new coco substrate enriched with compost combines the structural benefits of coco substrate with the nutritional benefits of substrates like peat moss, says Leonardo Juarez with The Grower, the company that developed this Ultra-Coco blend. “All growers that tried this locally mixed substrate, noticed…

Constant supply of wood fibers, another step on the road to peat-free substrates

Finnish company Novarbo has been working towards a peat-free substrate for their products for some time. Pirita Luolamaa-Vollebregt has been leading the way in working with and improving new raw materials that are both sustainable and cost-effective. A combination of wood fibers and acrotelm proves to be…

Francis Paon, Fertil on the the Fertiss plug

“The horticultural sector is heading towards peat-free potting soil”

Fertil began producing and marketing Fertiss plugs in 1985. "We produced the first cork-shaped plugs for plant propagation. The agronomic interest of this product lies in the fabric that surrounds the soil to get an aerial hoop, promote the emission of more roots in the soil and therefore obtain more…

Klasmann-Deilmann and Maan Biobased Products showcase new substrate

The horticultural sector is developing rapidly in terms of sustainability and precision cultivation. There is a strong need for sustainable alternatives. We notice this also in the changing demand for growing media. There is an increasing need for substrates that perform better in sustainable, high-tech…

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UK: Tesco to go peat-free on all UK bedding plants

A supermarket chain has said it will be the first UK retailer to go peat-free on its British-grown bedding plants in a move designed to lower its carbon footprint. Tesco announced in March last year that it was reducing its use of the material by 95% from April 2022, and it will stop all use of peat in…

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