ICL’s four Levington Advance Solution autumn mixes include blends of growing media, Osmocote, Micromax, H2Gro and, where appropriate, plant protection products. Raw materials used are peat, pine bark and perlite. New for 2017, the summer pansy and Primula mix and the Cyclamen mix both include the new Osmocote Exact Hi K.
ICL technical manager Andrew Wilson said: "Employing ICL’s latest DCT, the new Osmocote Exact High K releases potassium faster, producing even better results in terms of optimising EC and producing compact plants with excellent leaf shine and colour.
"Having resumed the UK marketing of the world renowned Bord na Móna brand, our new own mixing solutions incorporate straight Irish baled peat with the best of ICL products to optimise results for short and medium terms crops as well as pot bedding. They are being marketed alongside our established ready mixed Levington Advance Autumn Crop Solutions range.
"For all three Bord na Móna autumn mixes we suggest growers add the Micromax Premium trace element package, H2Gro to aid water management and lime - at 3.25kg per m3 for a pH range of 5.3-5.7.
"In addition − to maintain nutrient availability throughout the growing season − for short-term autumn primula and pansy crops we recommend adding Osmocote Start; for medium-term bedding crops for the spring, Osmocote Bloom.
"For the Bord na Móna autumn pot bedding mix, for crops such as Cyclamen and Poinsettias, we recommend our new improved Osmocote Exact High K (5-6 month). In addition, the biofungicide Prestop to help control damping-off, root and base rot diseases and, where appropriate, the contact and systemic insecticide Exemptor.
"Alongside our established four Levington Advance Solutions mixes for autumn crops, these three new Bord na Móna self mixing options provide ICL with an unrivalled range. They have been carefully crafted not only to simplify the production process, but maximise overall crop quality and visual impact at point of sale."