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Horticulture Week Podcast: ICL on growing media and successful peat-free growing

Andrew Wilson, Matthew Appleby, Sam Rivers
Andrew Wilson, Matthew Appleby, Sam Rivers

Last October, we talked growing media with ICL's technical sales manager Sam Rivers as part of a series of podcasts where Horticulture Week and ICL have discussed everything from adjuvants to IPM. As part of a new series for 2022 Sam Rivers and ICL's Andrew Wilson are returning to the topic of growing with peat-free compost, probably the hottest topic in the sector.

The pair discuss what's available for growers and who is asking for what, the raw materials available, differences in nutrition, and other products which may need to be added to help boost plant quality.

They give us the low down on the situation regarding professional growing media and tells is how is the industry responding to market changes.

They discuss the challenges growers see with peat-free and peat-reduced growing media, meeting demand and the ingredients required to do that, as well as the nutrition in the mixes.

Andrew Wilson talks about how to help combat issues with dryness, how to approach irrigation and the benefits seen in peat-free raw materials.

And Sam Rivers discusses how all these components fit together to form a growing media mix.

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