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
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 such as 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 per cent 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 (when pots blow over on nursery).
2011 ICL acquires Scotts Professional products
ICL’s global 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’s "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 while minimising leaching and loss of fertiliser.
2015 Everris becomes ICL
Everris joins with other European ICL speciality businesses, Nu3 and Fuentes, and changes its name to ICL. Moreover, Osmocote products continue to be trialled in different cultivation situations and climates in Europe and further 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.
2016 Improved performance for Osmocote Pro and Osmocote High K
Osmocote is constantly being improved to meet growers’ needs and 2016 saw the introduction of the improved Osmocote Pro and Osmocote Exact High K. While 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 celebrates five decades of innovation and four generations of Osmocote, growing together with its distributors and growers.
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