March 16, 2010

2 Jiffy Products Now OMRI Listed

The Jiffy Growbag and Jiffy Growblock were recently certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute, making them available to organic growers. The Growbag and Growblock system form a 100-percent coir-based hydroponic growing alternative to growers looking for a high-quality sustainable option to grow vegetables hydroponically. The Jiffy pot is already OMRI listed. For more on Jiffy visit

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January 6, 2010

Sun Gro, Hullgro Sign Distributor Agreement

Sun Gro Horticulture has signed an exclusive distributorship with Hullgro Industries to distribute Hullgro rice hulls throughout North America. Hullgro rice hulls are weed free, sustainable and ideally suited for horticultural use. Sun Gro’s grower technical experts are available to educate growers on the differences between growing in traditional mix verses a Hullgro rice hulls based mix. For more information on Sun Gro, visit

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November 30, 2009

Alternatives To Peat

The American Floral Endowment recognizes that alternatives to peat must be developed to meet environmental concerns pertaining to mining of peat bogs. AFE shares research it funded and Virginia Tech University conducted. Robert Wright and Brian Jackson, both of Virginia Tech’s Department of Horticulture, wrote this report. Background It is recognized that alternatives to peat must be developed to meet environmental concerns pertaining to mining of peat bogs. Also, peat supplies can be limited by wet weather conditions that restrict harvest during certain times of the year. These concerns, coupled with increasing fuel costs, have led to increased costs of peat substrates. Therefore, there is an increased interest in less expensive and readily available substitutes. Our research has shown that a pine tree substrate (PTS) manufactured by grinding loblolly pine trees with a hammer mill makes an excellent greenhouse container substrate. The trees can be ground to the correct particle […]

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October 29, 2009

Berger Has New Sales Director

Valerie Berger has been promoted to corporate sales director at Berger Peat Moss. Valerie, daughter of President Claudin Berger, previously served the company for two years as corporate director of special projects. In her new role, Valerie is responsible for all sales at Berger. She has an MBA in international management. For more information on Berger, visit its website at

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October 28, 2009

Ellepot Papers Now VeriFlora Approved

Two types of papers Ellepot USA uses–the Ellepot EP and VP papers–are now certified as VeriFlora Approved Input Materials. According to VeriFlora, some of the sustainable attributes related to the use of Ellepot EP and VP papers include: –Degradable papers produce less waste and environmental impact than alternatives such as plastic pots.–EP and VP papers are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified from well-managed forests.–Ellepot paper is, in many cases, sustainable cheaper than plastic pots. –One roll of paper is equivalent to about 17,000 4-inch pots. One pallet of paper holds 32 times that, or 540,000 pots, taking up much less space (and weight) on a pallet, allowing greater efficiency in transportation.–The Ellepot reduces the amount of planting media needed and avoids root shock when transplanting by keeping the soil secured around the root system. “Ellepot USA is proud to have two of our paper types approved as VeriFlora input materials,” […]

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October 21, 2009

Sun Gro Adds One To Sales Team

Jason Padden, greenhouse chapter president of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, has joined Sun Gro’s products sales team last month. Padden will serve Sun Gro as sales representative in the Pacific Northwest. Padden previously worked at Terra Nova nurseries, where he focused on sales, marketing and logistics. He has a bachelor’s degree in plant sciences from the State University of New York. For more information on Sun Gro, visit

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September 1, 2009

No Soil, No Problem

Plastic pop bottles, for many of us, are another way of referring to polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This thermoplastic polymer is most commonly used to create the containers we use for foods and beverages. It’s also one of the most commonly recycled materials in the world. But did you know that PET is now making a push into the arena of growing media? You read correctly, growing media. So the next time you polish off a bottle of your favorite soda over lunch, make sure to toss it into the correct recycling bin. After all, it may revisit you down the road during your next production run. Fighter Jets To Begonias It takes a special person to make the connection between the aerospace industry and the horticulture industry. In this particular case, that special person is Joe Byles, president of Freedom Garden Products.  Byles first began working with PET in the […]

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June 17, 2009

Mixing Up Media

ASB-Greenworld ASB-Greenworld Professional Container Mix is a moist and ready-to-use container mix that’s specially formulated for growing container plants with medium demand of nutrients. The mix contains New Brunswick sphagnum peat moss, screened composted pine bark and fertilizer. It is packaged in a 2.8-cubic-foot loose fill bag. FafardFafard is rolling out redesigned packaging later this year for its professional mixes for 2009-10 to reflect the company’s new brand positioning, “The Science Behind the Art.” Backed by a strong scientific background, Fafard believes the quality and consistency of its growing media is the perfect canvas to create horticultural masterpieces. Riceland PBH is a uniquely processed rice hull media amendment. Offering significantly less dust, lower basic cost and decomposition over time, it is a good perlite replacement. OMRI listed and WSDA registered, PBH supports organic production. Its physical size, shape and bulking properties produce optimum air-filled pore space, water-holding capacity and drainage. Smithers-Oasis […]

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June 17, 2009

Online Only: Smithers-Oasis On Substrates

Greenhouse Grower: Over the last 40 years, how has Smithers-Oasis evolved to keep meeting the rooting needs of growers? Nathan Keil: From the earliest days, Smithers-Oasis has been solution oriented. Paul Ecke Jr. first approached Smithers-Oasis to make a foam media that he could root poinsettias in and ship all over the world, without worrying about spilled media during shipment. Since then, Smithers-Oasis has worked with virtually every university and scores of researchers to further improve and develop rooting/growing techniques for its cellular rooting media. OASIS Grower Products has consistently provided the key attributes growers have valued for almost 40 years: uniformity, cleanliness, high degree of aeration, unitized configuration and just-in-time inventories for their rooting needs. GG: What are growers looking for now? NK: In general, growers are looking for products and services that will deliver consistent quality and value to their operation time and time again. Growers are looking […]

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June 2, 2009

Jiffy Products Adds Sales Manager

Jiffy Products, a provider of propagation systems and substrates, has appointed Rick Friedrich as North American Sales Manager. Friedrich has more than 25 years experience in the horticulture, agriculture and lawn and garden industries. Friedrich earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Cal Poly State University and did master’s work at the University of Phoenix. He will be based in Lorain, Ohio. For more information on Jiffy, go to

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March 19, 2009

A Growing Medium To Consider

Densu Ventures Inc. has redesigned its website to share new sales information for growers, landscapers and retailers to highlight two research studies conducted by students and faculty at the University of Florida. You can check out the redesigned site here. The two most significant finds of the study on Densu Coir are its capability for holding water and that it’s more forgiving than other substrates when plants are over fertilized. According to the study, Densu Coir can absorb six to eight times its weight in water. Densu Coir can be hydrophilic when initially purchased with moisture content at 15 to 25 percent as observed by researchers at Jiffy. It takes up to 60 hours for Densu Coir to attain its maximum water holding capabilities. At that capability, Densu Coir still maintains porosity at 20 to 28 percent. Growing tests by New Style Gardening, an organic greenhouse operator in Burlington, Ontario, […]

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December 3, 2008

Media Matters

Always at the leading edge, in 1994, Berger Peat Moss was the first peat company in North America to obtain the ISO 9001 international quality control certification. This has permitted Berger to continue to develop and provide consistent high-quality products. For example, the introduction of the new “Euro Mix” line of mixes provided growers with a 100 percent quality peat mix with no added aggregates. The environment has always and will continue to be a priority in Berger’s operations, making sure that we protect the resource and other environmental issues for generations ahead. We have developed the 3Rs for a healthy environment: Reduce, Respect & Restore. We were the first peat producer to introduce the large volume packing. The “Skyscraper” was a revolutionary innovation that has helped to reduce plastic wastes considerably and increase productivity for growers. In an effort to respect the environment, one of Berger’s missions is to […]

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