In 2023, we have made significant developments in the field of substrates with reduced peat or even peat-free alternatives. We conducted numerous trials in collaboration with our clients, aiming to meet the widely-accepted agreements within the industry. Specifically, our goal is to integrate as much as 35% of circular raw materials into our substrates by 2025.
Additionally, we conducted experiments to meet the specific requirements posed by our clients' end-users - peat-free substrates
With the achieved results, we look optimistically towards 2024.
We wish everyone joyful holidays and a happy, healthy 2024.
Below are some photos from the trials:
- Cyclamen peat-free
- Pansies peat-reduced
- Fuchsias peat-reduced
- Skimmia start peat-free and peat-reduced
- Ellwoodii peat-free and peat-reduced
- Goldcrest peat-reduced
- Rooting of fuchsia cuttings peat-free
- Primula peat-free
Due to the use of more and more different raw materials, it is important to keep a good grip on the production of substrates. For example, light raw materials such as wood fiber and heavy raw materials such as green compost have different behavior in the substrate.
Mixing these raw materials has an effect on nutritional content and air content. And this can have consequences for your cultivation.
Growing plants in a peat-free substrate is a challenge, but growing a Skimmia in a peat-free substrate is even more complicated.Read more
In collaboration with Delphy, we have initiated another trial this year. The main objective of this trial is to achieve uniform crop development of Ellwoodii under different conditions: a peat-reduced substrate and a peat-free substrate with a comparable moisture buffer.Read more
We are actively working on transitioning to substrates with fewer peat products. Every day, we learn and improve together with the growers, gaining better control over the process. This allows us to produce excellent crops even with substrates that contain less peat.Read more
"To peat or not to peat" was the title of the presentation delivered by BOL during the study club meeting of the Boomteelt Studieclub Horst aan de Maas. The presentation took place following a tour of the newly established container fields at Arie Bouman Tuinplanten BV in Wijk en Aalburg. BOL, the main supplier of substrates to Bouman, was invited by COMPAS-AGRO to provide insights into the theme of peat reduction. Eric Forschelen, an advisor at BOL, also gave a brief summary of the trials conducted at Bouman in 2021, including the use of organic fertilizers.Read more