Exhibitors showcase latest ideas

Visitors to last week's Four Oaks Trade Show were greeted with many innovative products - including three that picked up awards.

Scotts Professional's H2Gro is a long-lasting wetting agent that includes a penetrating agent to ensure water reaches all areas of growing media in containerised plants. Scotts said the product will help to guard against plant stress throughout the supply chain. It won the Four Oaks Awards' professional products and services category.

Also on show from Scotts was Osmocote Topdress NT, which provides a five-month feed for containerised nursery stock, and Osmocote Exact Protect, for containerised nursery stock potted between mid-October and mid-January.

City Irrigation picked up the award for technical excellence for its Ceta Dripper, which allows easy access for maintenance of irrigation equipment and helps to prevent blockages. Also from City was a battery-operated control panel that can control up to four stations.

New nursery products from Clover Peat included the 80-litre herbaceous compost - a medium grade of peat with added bark, wetting agent and base nutrients - and the 75-litre tree planting and mulching compost with trace elements and slow-release fertiliser.

Also new at the show were, from Supamoss, a biodegradable hanging basket liner and mycorrhizal inoculants from Symbio. Fargro, meanwhile, was promoting its flower bags made from sturdy, biodegradable jute material.

Green screens of ready-trained ivy aimed at landscaping projects won Mobilane and RPG Herbs the Four Oaks Award for best professional equipment.

Best new product for the retail trade went to New Leaf Plants for its Colour Plant Guide. The guide to climbing plants is designed to stimulate sales by providing customers with characteristics, flowering time and pruning information, grouped according to the colour chart.

Other new products for the retail trade included: the 70-litre peat-reduced Wonder Grow from Clover Peat; a raised-bed system from Plants from Zion; compost made from bracken and sheep's wool from Barker & Bland; and the Cinco 7 Express Christmas tree stand from The Christmas Cabin.


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