Berry Farming

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True Blue Blueberry Grow Bags

Three layered coir textures create perfect growing environment for blueberries.

A new product in our upright growbag line is our True Blue Blueberry Grow bags, formulated exclusively for blueberry production. True Blue grow bags include a proprietary blend of coco coir pith, coco coir chips and coco coir fiber to create the perfect well drained, high oxygen growing blend that blueberries demand.

Compressed coir blocks are staged in upright 30cm x 30cm poly grow bags that quickly expand to 27 liters. True Blue grow bags contain a proprietary coir blend that includes coco coir, coco chips and coco fiber fostering a well-drained highly oxygenated environment preferred by blueberry plants. True Blue upright grow bags are now available for production blueberry farming. Initial trials are producing consistent and quality results. Plants started in this blend achieve rapid and sustained growth within a controlled environment.

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Lichen™ Blueberry Premium Blend

Our Berry Blends are to be made to customer’s specifications.

Use our product Lichen™ Blueberry Premium Blend if the aeration for the roots of your plants plays a major role. It has a larger content of sod peat / white sphagnum peat and is coarser than our standard product to increase the air capacity.

Also suitable as a component to mix it with your soil to improve the aeration. Soil blend science has proved that adding coconut coir to the mix improves aerability, drainage and moisture retention.

The pH and EC can be adjusted according to your special needs.

Ingredients

White Sphagnum Peat, Coarse Perlite

Available Sizes

250L
300L
Big Bales 5.5-6.0 m³

Chemical Characteristics

ph (H2O): 4.0-5.0
Fertiliser (g/l): 0.5 NPK +TE
EC (ms/cm): 0.4-0.6

Nutritional Value

Nitrogen (mg N/I): 56-84
Phosphorus (mg P2O5 /1): 64-96
Potassium (mg K2O /1: 72-108

Berry Blend

Blended specifically for strawberry production, the Berry blend has just the right amount of moisture retention and drainage for heavy bearing berry crops.

Specifications:

Size: Custom Sizes Available
Weight: Varies with Size
Water-Holding Capacity: 7-8 times
Air-Filled Porosity: 10% – 12%
Electrical Conductivity: <.8
pH: 5.8 to 6.8
Compression Ratio: 5:1
Moisture Content: <20%
High Pith/ Fibre

Shipping Details:

Pallet QTY: Varies with Size
Pallet WT: Varies with Size
40′ HC QTY 20 pallets

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Strawberries Growing Strong in Coir

Strawberries, traditionally grown on land in long soil rows, are prolifically producing fruit in a variety coir and coir blend growing systems. Even in areas where cold weather can rule, greenhouse strawberries grown in coir and and coir blends are impressing growers with substantial crops and longer growing seasons than ever before. Just this year, the British produced more strawberries than ever before during a record growing season of 38 weeks, using greenhouse-glasshouse tabletop methods. Farmers were able to produce 98 percent of the strawberry crop in the UK practically eliminating the need for imports of this favourite berry.

While some growers are using high tunnel field methods and still using native soil, plant damaging fungus pathogens are a serious problem. Fumigation prior to planting was the only option for many soil based growers to eliminate these pathogens. However, many countries are strictly regulating and some are banning the use of these pre-planting fumigants so farmers have had to look to soil-less options. Soil-less growing media is attractive because fungus is not present in coir, peat or perlite, eliminating the need to fumigate. Farmers are finding that growing in soil-less media and undercover, is producing bumper crops, using less water and even creating simpler ways to harvest strawberries.

“Tabletop” growing and overhead growing allows harvesting without the back breaking lean that accompanies harvesting field planted crops. Since the strawberry plant keeps producing, strawberries are harvested several times during the growth period of the strawberry plant. The ability to walk through a greenhouse and reach up or out to pick makes the harvest easier on the worker and faster too.

Vertical towers are another growing system offering abundant harvests in less space than horizontal rows, less water consumption and are very conducive to utilisation of a coir/perlite growing mix.

Strawberries can also be field grown utilising plastic lined trenches filled with coir or coir blends. This allows existing land to be used traditionally… but with a twist. The strawberries are protected from soil borne pathogens because they are not in contact with soil at all.

While it might be a while for soil-less media containing coir and other components become mainstream for strawberry production, it certainly provides a viable option to fumigation where chemicals like methyl bromide are being banned. It also provides a vehicle for value-added produce marketing and organic growing properties.

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