Utilization of earthworm compost sludge in ornamental plants

In this study the effect of partial and total substitution of peat by compost on the growth and nutrition of ornamental plants was investigated, looking for more environmental-friendly and low-cost practices, recycling and utilizing at the same time sludge from urban wastewater treatment plants. Results…

Growcoon wins innovation award at the Salon du Végétal

Many nurseries can no longer imagine life without the innovative propagation system Growcoon. This propagation pot recently won the “Concours Innovert”, a special award that will officially be presented to Klasmann-Deilmann in September at the “Salon du Végétal” in France, one of the leading trade fairs…

Growing with growcoons: biodegradable plugs

A few years ago, Hoffman Nursery transitioned from growing liners in breakaway trays to plug trays. The plug trays are a favorite of staff and customers alike as they reduce waste and improve the production process. Across the grasses that are grown, some varieties are slow to root or root…

Substrates Organic Shapes now TŪV biobased certified

Since this week, Organic Shapes BV has obtained the "OK biobased" 4-star certificate from TŪV AUSTRIA for its stabilized organic substrates. This certification system is based on the European standard EN 16785-1, which provides for an independent assessment of the claims for bio-based ingredients of…

UK: Scaling up the peat-free growing media of the future

Scaling up production of an effective peat-free alternative growing media could soon become reality, following the launch of a new project funded by Defra and UKRI. The 24-month feasibility study aims to develop a method for producing Sphagnum moss within a protected environment for use as a…

Re-Nuble partners with circular materials company to create growing media

Re-Nuble announces an exclusive partnership with a Santa Cruz, California-based circular materials company, Cruz Foam, which offers companies a frictionless transition to circular materials. As Re-Nuble pioneers the reutilization of localized and food safe, vegetative food waste into sustainable growing…

Carl van Loon looks back on 28 years of Australian horticulture

After 28 years in the Australian horticulture industry, and as of today, Carl van Loon, founder of Powerplants, is taking a well-deserved moment of respite. He has been one of the main drivers behind the rise of high-tech horticulture in Australia, and it all started when he was working with his parents…

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Studies on the effect of bio-inoculants and gibberellic acid on vegetative growth of African marigold

A field experiment was carried out to study the effect of bio-inoculants and Gibberellic acid on vegetative growth and flowering of African marigold (Tagetes erecta L.) cv. Pusa Narangi Gainda" at the Main Experiment Station, Department of Floriculture & Landscape, Acharya Narendra Deva University of…

Dutch scale-up presents new lineup of growing substrates

Dutch scale-up Growfoam will present its completely new lineup of growing substrates at Greentech Amsterdam this year. The well-known foam growing plugs are redesigned from the ground up with even softer foam and improved cutouts, allowing roots to penetrate easier and leading to higher fresh weights. Also new…

Estonia: Supply chain challenges aside, demand for peat is skyrocketing

Several countries are encouraging the replacement of peat, but at the same time, the global demand for peat is constantly growing as certain economies get wealthier and can afford peat for their greenhouses,” says Kristel Tombak, Chief Executive Officer of Mikskaar AS, an Estonian peat company that…

"Jiffy coco growing media matches South Africa's diverse crop range"

Camel Thorn Horticulture is South Africa's main importer of Jiffy products. Based in Johannesburg, it offers coco growing media and peat products, all with Jiffy's certifications and guarantees. The Jiffy range already includes seedling pellets, compostable pots, growbags, microgreen trays and planks,…

Protecting pelargoniums:

Chrysal and Syngenta Flowers introduce Largo

Pelargoniums are sensitive to ethylene during transport and can respond by dropping their petals and yellowing their leaves. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable during shipping. A prolonged period of time in the dark can lead to leaf yellowing and petal drop.  To fight this, Chrysal and Syngenta Flowers have…


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