Developing new blends of growing media for horticulture


Developing new blends of growing media for horticulture

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The Solent Hotel and Spa, Rookery Avenue, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7AJ

Don't miss this opportunity to familiarise yourself with some of the peat-free alternative material blends that are proving successful, based on bark, wood fibre, coir and green compost. 

AHDB/ Defra/ industry funded project CP 138 was designed to ease the transition from a dependence on peat to the uptake of a broad range of responsibly sourced growing media. This will primarily be achieved by the development of a model to predict the performance of various raw materials when blended together and to test the performance of these blends in commercial production situations across a range of different nurseries in various sectors.


One the agenda: 

Growing media blends: an overview of the hardy nursery stock trials in 2016 & 2017 

Demonstration of growing media blends and raw materials, summary of physical properties, overview of the trial at Lowaters and an update of the results so far.


The impacts of changing growing media composition on HNS production systems
A summary of AHDB/RHS Fellowship project CP 095 that aimed to identify sustainable resource use in horticulture.

Lowaters Nursery visit
Mechanical handling of growing media: machine capability, bale breaking, pot filling, pot topping, machinery set up etc, view of trial and nursery tour.


Improving vine weevil control in HNS 
 A summary of AHDB project HNS 195 that aims to improve vine weevil control within IPM programmes in hardy nursery stock production and to disseminate best practice to growers and other members of the industry.