Quality growing media.
The materials for growing media have to fulfil different requirements: First, they should be available consistently from batch to batch and economically feasible, i.e., the materials and the production process should not be very expensive. Second, the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the growing medium should meet the biological plant requirement.
Peat moss substrate manufacturers are paying more and more focusing on providing high-quality substrates with value-added benefits. It’s search to optimize growing media; leading companies are taking attention into studying the physical and chemical properties of main substrate ingredients, to help growers realize in-demand benefits such as cost-savings and shortened production cycles. Companies with a clear vision for the future of the industry are on the same track.
Understanding the names of leading companies do not always mean the biggest. Often, it is the larger companies that do not burden themselves with the added value products. Formally, such products exist in the offer lists, but simplified substrates in the majority put into the market.
Of course, one must also understand the pressure from the users of the substrates, when the desire to get the lowest price determines the value of the end product. The breeders themselves cannot be blamed for this because they may not know the benefits of more advanced products. Very often, simple agronomists are not interested in expanding the supply. The list is reduced to simplify logistics, and it is also clear that a cheaper product can generate higher returns.
Professional growers are looking for high-quality substrates that are steerable and uniform. As consumers become more aware of the need for sustainable production methods, growers will become more concerned about having substrate solutions in place at the end of the crop cycle.
The future will also see more active ingredients, incorporated into growing media. These are both additional elements like bio- fungicides and the necessary raw materials themselves, which may have other growth-promoting properties.
However, we can say that more and more growers get these types of benefits in the full range of growing media mixes. We can answer many medium-size growers still rely on professionally mixed and custom blends.
Usually starts with standard mixtures, so-called universal substrates, but continues to work with one of the specialized needs of a particular plant. The price difference is not so big and wholly covered with better results.
We want to pay particular attention to the quality of the raw materials used for peat moss substrate manufacturing.
Many essential advantages are its uniformity, established quality, range of a different kind of raw material.
It is no secret that more and more users are complaining about the quality of peat substrates.
The important ones are:
– the volume does not correspond to the quantity indicated
– peat poorly absorbs water; it is pushed off the soil surface during watering
– the substrate contains too much peat dust
– substrate didn’t have the right amount of peat in it for moisture and nutrient retention.
There will also be more demand for cleaner, inert substrates that provide the highest degree of drain water recycling with minimal environmental impact.
Growers have to think about what to do with the old soilless substrate when it is used, and the containers are awaiting within new delivery.
Fastest growing market.
At the moment, the demand for various peat types for the Chinese market is stated with an immense sum of 100,000,000 m³ yearly. This quantity will be required in the Chinese market for the next five years. (Source: Chinese peat association).
This picture announced by the Chinese government and those who work with companies in China might be optimistic, but if even a portion of it comes forward, there will be an awful lot of demand coming into play exactly for peat moss.
The background of this high demand is the partly toxic contamination of agriculture soil. So also the plant production must, for the most part, be cultivated in closed cultivation systems and be covered. The number of greenhouses currently under construction in China is enormous. As you drive along the highway, you will see them in countless numbers.