2000s and 2010s

Cross-section view of Osmocote Exact Double Coating Technology (DCT)
Cross-section view of Osmocote Exact Double Coating Technology (DCT)

2002 – The birth of the third generation of Osmocote

The third generation of Osmocote – Osmocote Exact, is launched. It provides guaranteed longevity and patterned release for maximum plant safety and quality.

2008 – The launch of Osmocote Exact Double Coating Technology (DCT)

Featuring the unique breakthrough technology of programmed release, Osmocote Exact DCT guarantees the plants’ longevity and maximum safety. Programmed release is achieved by applying a second coating to a proportion of granules, thus postponing part of the nutrient release. Varying the percentage of double-coated granules allows for the development of unique Osmocote Exact products like Hi.End and Protect. This technology is ideal for cultivation in greenhouses, fertilising with plant hole dibbling equipment, growing sensitive species and high value crops, or if applying 75% or more of nutrients by coated fertiliser. 

2010 – Scotts introduces Osmocote Topdress Fusion Technology

Osmocote Topdress is developed for those instances when growers need to top-up the fertiliser in their plants to keep them in the best possible condition. The unique Fusion Technology (FT) ensures that the granules stick to the growing medium, so that no fertiliser is lost in inclement weather.

2011 – ICL acquires Scotts Professional products

ICL’s acquisition of Scotts Professional products includes the purchase of all Osmocote, research and development, and production sites. The new company name is Everris.

2012 – "Osmocote: The green choice" campaign launches

Everris’ "Osmocote: The green choice" campaign emphasises the fact that, since the first development of Osmocote, its goal has been to provide plants with all essential nutrients throughout the growth cycle whilst minimising leaching and loss of fertiliser.

2015 – Everris becomes ICL

Everris joins forces with Nu3 and Fuentes and changes its name to ICL Specialty Fertilizers. Moreover, Osmocote products are continue to be trialled in different cultivation situations and climates in Europe and overseas. Trials are conducted by independent research stations as well as by its own team. Since 2015, its main European trial station has been located at Dutch nursery Hoogenraad Handelskwekerijen BV.

2016 – Improved performance for Osmocote Pro and Osmocote High K

Osmocote is constantly being improved to meet growers’ needs. This year saw the introduction of the improved Osmocote Pro and Osmocote Exact High K. Whilst both received a new concentrated NPK analysis for better performance as well as optimized trace element availability, Osmocote Exact High K now utilises DCT technology to keep efficiency of release throughout the growing season.

2017 – 50 years of Osmocote 

ICL Specialty Fertilizers celebrates five decades of innovation and four generations of Osmocote – growing together with its distributors and growers.  


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