Competencies

23.05.2016
Hermann Limbers

Spe­cial gro­wing media for soft fruits

Straw­ber­ries, raspber­ries or blu­e­ber­ries

The demand for soft fruits has been rising steadi­ly throughout the world for years, and more and more hor­ti­cul­tu­ral busi­nes­ses are now gro­wing straw­ber­ries, raspber­ries or blu­e­ber­ries. Klasmann-Deilmann helps would-be gro­wers get star­ted — with gro­wing media deve­lo­ped spe­ci­al­ly for gro­wing soft fruits and gui­de­li­nes which pro­vi­de all the necessa­ry fac­ts and advice.

Hor­ti­cul­tu­ral busi­nes­ses that would like to start gro­wing soft fruits are often faced with a mul­ti­tu­de of ques­ti­ons to begin with: What are the advan­ta­ges of gro­wing them in the ground, what are the argu­ments in favour of soil-free cul­ti­va­ti­on? What gro­wing sys­tems are avail­ab­le and which is most sui­ta­ble for my business’s par­ti­cu­lar con­di­ti­ons? What requi­re­ments does a gro­wing medi­um have to ful­fil and which is the right pro­duct for my crop? And final­ly: What pro­blems will I com­mon­ly face when gro­wing soft fruits and how can I resol­ve them?

Klasmann-Deilmann pro­vi­des hor­ti­cul­tu­ral busi­nes­ses with prac­ti­cal help and assi­s­tan­ce with all the­se ques­ti­ons. Our experts offer com­pre­hen­si­ve and detail­ed advice on all aspec­ts of soft fruits cul­ti­va­ti­on. They have also drawn up gui­de­li­nes which deal with the most important fac­ts and con­tain ans­wers to the most com­mon ques­ti­ons. “Our Green­No­tes sum up all the fun­da­men­tals of gro­wing, crop manage­ment, sub­stra­te use and fer­ti­li­sa­ti­on as sup­port for busi­nes­ses that are gro­wing soft fruits for the first time,” says Her­mann Kon­ne­mann, Tech­ni­cal Pro­duct Con­sul­tant.

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The gro­wing medi­um is a cru­ci­al fac­tor for the suc­cess of the soft fruits crop and Klasmann-Deilmann has deve­lo­ped spe­cial substrates to meet the requi­re­ments of hor­ti­cul­tu­ral busi­nes­ses as exac­t­ly as pos­si­ble. The substrates ‘TS 4 Soft Fruits with Per­li­te’ and ‘TS 4 Soft Fruits with GreenFibre’, for examp­le, are ide­al for cul­ti­va­ti­on in con­tai­ners or in sub­stra­te-fil­led gut­ters, while ‘TS1 Soft Fruits Pro­pa­ga­ti­on Sub­stra­te’ was deve­lo­ped spe­ci­al­ly for young plant pro­pa­ga­ti­on. “All the­se gro­wing media have a pH value and nut­ri­ent sup­ply desi­gned spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for soft fruits. This means that our ran­ge of gro­wing media pro­vi­des a reli­able basis for suc­cess­ful crops,” says Her­mann Kon­ne­mann.