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22.01.2018
Dirk Röse

Inno­va­ti­ve solu­ti­ons for reli­able growth

Grow­coon pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tem pro­ves suc­cess­ful | New addi­ti­ve enhan­ces press pot sta­bi­li­ty | Effec­tive weed sup­pres­si­on with con­tai­ner mulch | Increa­sing demand for substrates with GreenFibre | TerrAktiv for vigo­rous, resi­li­ent plants | Tar­ge­ted nut­ri­ent sup­ply thanks to MeMon fer­ti­li­sers

At the 2018 Inter­na­tio­nal Plant Fair (IPM), Klasmann-Deilmann will be pre­sen­ting pro­ven and inno­va­ti­ve sub­stra­te solu­ti­ons deve­lo­ped with one pur­po­se in mind: to ensu­re, pro­mo­te and enhan­ce the sustainab­le growth of crops in com­mer­ci­al hor­ti­cul­tu­re.

The world’s need for crops can­not remo­te­ly be met unless their growth is spe­ci­fi­cal­ly boosted. “Par­ti­cu­lar­ly wit­hin the food sec­tor, it’s cru­ci­al that land avail­ab­le for pro­duc­tion is used as effi­ci­ent­ly as pos­si­ble,” said Klasmann-Deilmann Mana­ging Direc­tor Nor­bert Siebels. While yield per unit area must be increa­sed if the world’s food sup­ply is to be secu­red, con­ser­va­ti­on of soils and resour­ces is also vital. “Our gro­wing media help to meet increa­sing glo­bal demand for vege­ta­bles and fruit effi­ci­ent­ly and with extre­me relia­bi­li­ty,” Siebels added.

Grow­coon pro­ves effec­tive in pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tems

The inno­va­ti­ve plant pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tem cal­led Grow­coon is attrac­ting gro­wing inte­rest world­wi­de. Sin­ce Klasmann-Deilmann began sel­ling this pro­duct, many gro­wers in various hor­ti­cul­tu­ral seg­ments have con­duc­ted suc­cess­ful tri­als. For examp­le, the use of Grow­coon has pro­ved effec­tive with seed­lings, in the roo­ting of cut­tings, in the gro­wing-on of young plants from in vitro sys­tems, and in hydro­po­nic cul­ti­va­ti­on. The main bene­fits of using Grow­coon for pro­pa­ga­ting young plants are shorter gro­wing cycles, the robust health of young plants, grea­ter root ball sta­bi­li­ty and – espe­ci­al­ly with deli­ca­te seed­lings and cut­tings – lower fail­u­re rates.

Due to increa­sing demand, fur­ther stan­dard sizes and spe­cial sizes have been added to the ran­ge, which now inclu­des 10 stan­dard sizes and 12 spe­cial sizes. A grea­ter varie­ty of trays for use with the­se sizes is also now avail­ab­le. In princip­le, fle­xi­bi­li­ty in terms of pro­duc­tion means that the right size of Grow­coon can be pro­vi­ded for any tray sys­tem.

Grow­coon is a bio­de­grad­able mesh with an elastic and open struc­tu­re. When used in pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tems, it holds the pro­pa­ga­ti­on sub­stra­te tog­e­ther and, in this com­bi­na­ti­on, forms a sta­ble root plug. Deve­lo­ped and pro­du­ced by Dutch com­pa­ny Maan Bio­Ba­sed Pro­duc­ts B.V., the Grow­coon is made of food-safe com­pon­ents. In con­junc­tion with a high-qua­li­ty pro­pa­ga­ti­on medi­um, it pro­vi­des ide­al gro­wing con­di­ti­ons that opti­mi­se root deve­lop­ment in young plants. The Grow­coon can be used in all estab­lished pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tems and with dif­fe­rent trays. Grow­coons are pla­ced in trays manu­al­ly or auto­ma­ti­cal­ly using dis­pen­sers upstream from the tray-fil­ling machi­ne.

New addi­ti­ve in blo­cking substrates

At the IPM, Klasmann-Deilmann will be pre­sen­ting a new inno­va­ti­on with regard to its blo­cking substrates. A spe­cial addi­ti­ve has been deve­lo­ped that ensu­res the sta­bi­li­ty of press pots. Blo­cking media with this addi­ti­ve can be used in both orga­nic and con­ven­tio­nal cul­ti­va­ti­on, and open up new poten­ti­al uses for the­se substrates.

Fol­lo­wing the suc­cess­ful launch of blo­cking media con­tai­ning the GreenFibre wood fib­re pro­duct, this deve­lop­ment is the logi­cal next step with a view to ful­ly mee­ting custo­mer requi­re­ments both now and in the future. “The­re is a demand for light­weight blo­cking substrates that help keep trans­port costs down,” exp­lai­ned Horst Kup­schus, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Klasmann-Deilmann Euro­pe. At the same time, opti­mum sta­bi­li­ty of press pots is requi­red for hand­ling with auto­ma­tic plan­ting machi­nes. Addi­tio­nal­ly, GreenFibre is firm­ly estab­lished as an alter­na­ti­ve sub­stra­te con­sti­tu­ent. “This solu­ti­on opens up com­ple­te­ly new ave­nues for us in terms of deve­lo­ping for­ward-loo­king blo­cking substrates.”

Con­tai­ner mulch for effec­tive sup­pres­si­on of weeds

Klasmann-Deilmann’s con­tai­ner mulch is an inno­va­ti­ve, wood-based mul­ching mate­ri­al espe­ci­al­ly desi­gned to effec­tively sup­press weeds in both con­tai­ners and beds. As well as the ‘Coar­se Con­tai­ner Mulch’ (desi­gned for con­tai­ner-grown crops), a ‘Fine Con­tai­ner Mulch’ is now avail­ab­le; this has been deve­lo­ped spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for use in smal­ler pots with plants such as Callu­na and her­bace­ous peren­ni­als.

Increa­sing demand for substrates with GreenFibre

The GreenFibre wood fib­re pro­duct has beco­me estab­lished as an important com­po­nent in sub­stra­te pro­duc­tion. Thanks to its out­stan­ding phy­si­cal pro­per­ties for use in substrates for pot­ted and con­tai­ner plants, demand is increa­sing for substrates con­tai­ning GreenFibre, espe­ci­al­ly for the tree nur­s­e­ry and pot­ted-plant seg­ments. In the light of this, Klasmann-Deilmann has invested in pro­duc­tion faci­li­ties at other loca­ti­ons. This means that, from the raw mate­ri­al (i.e. wood) to the finis­hed pro­duct, both deve­lop­ment and pro­duc­tion are in the hands of Klasmann-Deilmann’s spe­cia­lists, who ensu­re the product’s con­sistent­ly high qua­li­ty.

TerrAktiv for vigo­rous, resi­li­ent plants

TerrAktiv is the most cru­ci­al com­po­nent of Klasmann-Deilmann’s orga­nic substrates. TerrAktiv, which is manu­fac­tu­red from high-qua­li­ty green com­post, and the fer­men­ted wood fibre/compost blend TerrAktiv FT play a key role as nut­ri­ent sources, pri­ma­ri­ly in substrates for orga­nic hor­ti­cul­tu­re. They pro­mo­te both vigour and resi­li­en­ce. Thanks to their micro­bio­lo­gi­cal activi­ty, they ensu­re that the nut­ri­ents in orga­nic fer­ti­li­sers are made avail­ab­le at just the right time. TerrAktiv is also being increa­singly used in con­ven­tio­nal cul­ti­va­ti­on. In tree nur­s­e­ry substrates, for examp­le, the ‘vita­li­sa­ti­on’ of the medi­um has been obser­ved to have a sup­pres­si­ve impact on soil-bor­ne patho­gens.

Tar­ge­ted nut­ri­ent sup­ply thanks to MeMon fer­ti­li­sers

In Ger­ma­ny, Klasmann-Deilmann dis­tri­bu­tes a wide ran­ge of fer­ti­li­sers made by Dutch pro­du­cer MeMon. The­se inclu­de cer­ti­fied orga­nic and orga­nic-mine­ral fer­ti­li­sers for use in orga­nic and con­ven­tio­nal cul­ti­va­ti­on respec­tively. The two com­pa­nies are col­la­bo­ra­ting clo­se­ly to deve­lop other fer­ti­li­sers for spe­cia­list crops: new pro­duc­ts here inclu­de fer­ti­li­sers for hops and wine gra­pes. New types of orga­nic-mine­ral fer­ti­li­ser under the ORGEVIT pro­duct line are also now avail­ab­le. ORGEVIT Mg (with extra magne­si­um) and high-nitro­gen ORGEVIT N allow plants to be spe­ci­fi­cal­ly and effi­ci­ent­ly sup­plied with the nut­ri­ents they need, exac­t­ly as requi­red