Substrates

"Natural fiber blanket is like having a valve to hold water"

If you stopped eating food today, you would live for 28 days, but if you stop drinking water, you will be dead in 3-4 days. The impact of hydration is even more extreme for plants. Farmer You LLC offers a natural fiber blanket called MagniMoist that placed below soil keeps the soil perfectly hydrated, saving water, decreasing…

How substrate structure influences water holding capacity

A high-quality plant starts with a healthy and strong seedling or cutting. When choosing a substrate to sow seed or to root cuttings, growers often wonder which substrate to use. Choosing the right substrate not only depends on the physical properties of the substrate, but also on the type of plants to…

Stefanie van Wienhoven, Grodan:

"Producing more with less water and nutrients"

The concept of 'Precision Growing' stipulates that optimal growing conditions can be achieved during an entire growing season. In precision cultivation the plants are supplied with the exact amount of water and fertilizers they need. Excess water and fertilizers can be collected efficiently and be…

BVB Substrates joins forces with Kekkilä

BVB Substrates has been producing substrates for a century. To serve customers better with sustainable solutions, BVB Substrates is joining forces with Kekkilä, a subsidiary of the Finnish company Vapo Oy. Peter Jan Kuiper, CEO BVB: 'An excellent combination that matches our ambition.' The official merger of BVB…

"Seaweed could be key to lower nutrient and water use in horticulture"

Water and fertiliser use in horticulture could be reduced, without lowering yields, by using biostimulants such as seaweed extract and beneficial microbes, says UK research organisation NIAB EMR. NIAB EMR, and its research partner Dove Associates, have combined the use of biostimulants with innovative sensors that monitor…


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