Bord na Móna UK is launching a peat-free range of growing media for container nursery stock under its Vital Earth brand. The products are available with and without controlled-release fertiliser (CRF).
The new Vital Earth range comprises summer and autumn products. The summer formulation contains slightly more green compost/less bark and more CRF (where added) to match better growing conditions.
The range has been trialled in the grower market to check compatibility with potting machines such as the Super Javo and with irrigation and other mechanised systems. Where sub-irrigation is used (sand beds or capillary matting), especially with sensitive crops under protection (tunnels or glass), growers are advised to use the autumn product.
Head of UK retail Steve Harper said, "Considerable work has gone into developing this Vital Earth peat-free range to ensure its reliability for the grower market. Its launch offers professional growers a perfect route forward ahead of peat-reduction legislation and just as more local authorities and retailers are specifying peat-free.
"In addition, the benefits of using a green waste-derived peat-free, in terms of disease and weed suppression, represent a real opportunity to cut production costs."