New natural additive "boosts substrate microbiology"

British substrate additives supplier Carbon Gold will launch its Enriched Biochar Biology Blend for commercial growers at next week's GreenTech trade event in Amsterdam.

Image: Carbon Gold
Image: Carbon Gold

Suitable for conventional, hydroponic and organic cultivation systems, the product is a blend of biochar, bacteria, fungi and trace elements that is claimed to boost yields by improving plant health and increasing the efficiency of nutrient uptake.

Biochar is a highly porous form of charcoal that Carbon Gold says improves water retention and nutrient efficiency and acts as a host for beneficial soil microbes, including mycorrhizal and trichoderma fungi which Biology Blend is enriched with.

The product has been tested in both organic soils and a range of conventional substrates including coir, rockwool and peat by UK and European growers over the last three seasons.

Carbon Gold commercial director James MacPhail said: "Conventional growers are increasingly looking to organics for best practice in terms of soil management. It's logical that increasing natural biology in a sterile substrate to improve root morphology should increase the health and yield of the plants being grown.

"This new product can be applied in all substrates and we challenge glasshouse growers to try it in their systems and put the product to the test."


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