Standing still is not an option in the pursuit of excellence. At ICL Professional Horticulture, iconic brands such as Osmocote and Levington Advance have been at the top of their game for more than half a century. As the horticultural industry has evolved, so too have the firm’s products and portfolio in a bid to keep pace with the plethora of new challenges faced by growers.
Innovation and product development are very much at the heart of what ICL does — not only to bring new top-end products to market but also to ensure that existing ones continually evolve, providing the very best return on investment.
Levington Advance remains the go-to brand of growing media and synonymous with quality and consistency. While Levington mixes have advanced, becoming more sophisticated, so too have associated technologies optimising precision nutrition, water management and pest and disease control.
Today, ICL offers a complete -growing-media solution package — -Levington Advance Solutions. Incorporating grow, nurture and protect elements, it enables the firm’s -dedicated team to optimise the design and production of quality -customised mixes (peat-based, peat-reduced or peat-free) to suit customers’ individual requirements.
At the forefront of precision nutrition, ICL’s Osmocote controlled-release fertilisers help to optimise plant performance. The range continues to evolve thanks to brand new technologies and applied scientific horticultural knowledge. The latest fourth-generation technology, Osmocote Exact Hi.End, provides programmed release, matching the specific needs of the plant by releasing nutrients in line with its growth.
The company’s growing product portfolio includes innovative wetters such as H2Gro and Exemptor (thiacloprid), the only contact and systemic pesticide for the control of black vine weevil in container-grown ornamental crops.
Another key element is technical advice and support. Working closely with nursery production teams, ICL’s highly experienced technical area sales managers are adept at designing the very best, bespoke, high-performance growing-media mixes and precision nutrition programmes to deliver an excellent return on investment. "At the end of the day, with ICL you’re not just buying a product, you get a high-quality service," says Graeme Edwards of Woodlark Nurseries in Hersham, Surrey.
"It’s great working with ICL. The passion and enthusiasm of the technical team comes through," says Andy Mount of New Place Nursery in Pulborough, part of the Newey Group. "The product and the supply chain perform consistently well. The ICL team talks our language."
As a company that strives for and values excellence, ICL Professional Horticulture says it is delighted to be a sponsor of the Horticulture Week Business Awards, noting that recognising and supporting the very best is good for the industry.