Selecting the right substrate for hydroponic berry production.

Substrates Used for Intensive Berry Production    Figure 15 Nicky Mann with Jacco Hoogendoorn. (Source: W. Mann Legro The Netherlands March 2015) What is a substrate? A substrate is the substance or media in which the plants or organisms grow.  In the greenhouse industry substrates refer to products which are mechanically altered either by heat,…

Blackberries -exciting trend into primo-canes.

Traditionally blackberries have only been floricane producers – bearing fruit on laterals in their 2nd year.  But thanks to the tireless work of  clever Rubus breeders like John Clark from University of Arkansas – he has developed the likes of Prime-Ark 45.  This is an exceptionally exciting time for blackberry growers as this can be…

Types of Raspberries

Primocanes – bear fruit on their primary cane (primocane) in the first year – great for cashflow & in protected environments (tunnels/greenhouses) you can get 2 crops per year or a long fruiting season. Floricanes – bear fruit on their laterals (secondary canes) in the second year – usually better tasting & better yielding varieties…

Blueberries – 5 main types….

rr 1.   Northern Highbush – originally from Northern America hence Northern Highbush (these are deciduous – require chill hours (different varieties require different amount of chill hours) – lack of chill affects yield, growth & quality – therefore, ideal for cooler climates or a place with altitude with 200 hours minimum of chill (less than…

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