Substrates

A sustainable netting solution for growblocks and pellets

Jiffy aims for lowering the use of plastics for their growing media. Just recently Jiffy decided to switch from PE and PP plastics to PLA netting for all Jiffy Grow Blocks and Jiffy Pellets. Lettuce; strong rooting on Jiffy Growblock PLA Netting The PLA net is a light weight fine-fibre web, comprised of polylactic…

A.M.A. celebrates over one billion Ellepots sold

A.M.A. Horticulture has achieved a major milestone producing and selling more than one billion Ellepots, stabilized media that generate fast, healthy rooting and help growers reduce plastics use. A.M.A. was the first company in North America to produce and sell Ellepots to growers and has since become a…

Klasmann-Deilmann to distribute coir raw materials Shakti Cocos worldwide

The Klasmann-Deilmann Group is entering into a strategic partnership with Shakti Cocos B.V. The Dutch-based company is transferring international distribution rights for high-quality coir raw materials to the world's leading substrate manufacturer based in Germany. The cooperation was officially…

Gebr. Brill Substrate GmbH & Co. KG celebrates its 100th anniversary

Family business focuses on sustainable and climate-neutral products in its anniversary year

The Gebr. Brill Substrate LLC & Co. KG from Georgsdorf is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. The family-owned company is entering this very special year with a fresh, future-oriented approach and some new concepts. At the IPM Essen, Gebr. Brill will be presenting innovative, sustainable and…

How to maintain the proper pH of a growing medium

When asked “How do you maintain the proper pH of a growing medium?”, often the answer is to adjust the water pH to achieve a growing medium pH in the ideal range of 5.6-6.2. This is simply not true. Many hydroponic companies suggest nutrient programs that use reverse osmosis to strip the water of all…

Influence of substrate on shelf life of Phalaenopsis

Earlier this year, the Post-Harvest Knowledge Centre of FloraHolland in Naaldwijk conducted a trial to investigate how the use of different substrates affects the shelf life of Phalaenopsis. For the purpose of this trial, the shelf life of Phalaenopsis in 12 cm pots filled with different Fibre-Neth coco…

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Legro acquires 50% stake in Botanicoir

Two producers in the substrate industry will join forces. The Dutch substrate producer and supplier Legro has purchased 50% shares in Botanicoir, the British/Sri Lankan coir manufacturer. "This partnership will enable Botanicoir to make the necessary investments to cater to the increasing global demand…

Paskal DrainVision Floor-Scale

"Following the online water content in the substrate will improve irrigation efficiency significantly"

Optimal irrigation strategy throughout the day and along the growing period requires a deep understanding of the growing substrate, plant physiology and the water uptake by the plant. In some cases, improper irrigation practice is implemented, accompanied with excess or shortage of water. "Early…


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