An agile and thorough coir production process

Coir, a raw material coming from coconuts is often part of BVB Substrates growing media. Let’s have a look at the way our coir is prepared for use and the benefits of Kekkilä-BVB’s way of doing things has.

Why coir is used in substrates

Coir is one of the commonly used components of our substrates. In this article we have a look at what this material exactly is, where it comes from and why it is used for growing.

Interview blueberry farm – Berry Blue

Our focus is on customer success. We love to be able to support growers in new adventures and help them optimise their production. We know growing comes with a lot of challenges and that's why we love to share the stories of as many growers as we can. In this article we focus on a beautiful blueberry farm in Serbia!

Interview plant propagator van den Elzen

The quiet roads surrounding the village of Erp are flanked by alternating fields of asparagus and strawberries. Van den Elzen Plants has certainly made its mark on the landscape of this sandy region in the province of Brabant. And, extending to an international scale, growers appreciate the quality of the plant material produced at the nursery. This quality is closely linked to choosing the right suppliers of raw materials. Substrate is not something you should economise on, according to van den Elzen.

More sustainable mixtures for Soft Fruits

The demand for raw materials and good substrates is growing fast. More and more companies are switching from open soil to growing in substrates. To meet global needs, Kekkilä-BVB is to create new raw materials with a low environmental footprint which have technical benefits for the crop. In this article we discuss some of the examples available with Bart Verheijen; Product Manager Soft Fruits at Kekkilä-BVB.

Interview with soft fruits grower

Thwan van Gennip produces strawberries and raspberries and propagates strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and asparagus plants. Quality is key. He ensures quality by using a network of reliable and professional consultants and suppliers. BVB Substrates is one of those. In this article Thwan van Gennip talks about his goals as a soft fruits grower.

Update on ongoing research strawberries

In 1989 Belgian research center "Proefcentrum Hoogstraten" and BVB Substrates started working together on new developments in strawberry growing. We've been working together ever since. In 2015 new research and tests with tray plants started. We'll get into that research in this article.

Using the right substrate to fight Phytophthora

Last month an article about the tests that BVB Substrates is carrying out together with Proefcentrum Hoogstraten was published in the magazine Poeftuinnieuws. Through these tests we want to find out whether the composition of the cutting soil influences the chance that a strawberry plant will be affected by fungal disease Phytophtora.