Maximising your potential
Grotop Expert Benefits
1. Rapid leaf area development
The vertical fibre structure encourages rapid root penetration and strong vegetative growth right from the start of the cultivation. Thanks to the higher number of roots in the slab and their more homogenous distribution, the plants are able to absorb water and nutrients with greater ease. The result is a plant which builds leaf area more quickly.
2. Synchronise plant and climate management
Thanks to Grotop Expert, growers can steer plant development based on low WC with a high, but stable EC. This excellent irrigation efficiency results in a lower 24-hour drain percentage as well as a lower nutrient input. In combination with a climate strategy that supports a low energy input this offers the additional benefit of a customised irrigation strategy. This makes it easy to steer plant development in line with various climate management strategies designed to reduce the energy input and maintain a stable substrate EC during changeable weather conditions.
3. Maximise production and quality
Thanks to its outstanding resaturation properties and uniformity, the WC and EC levels in the Grotop Expert can be adjusted to different values depending on the outdoor conditions. Reaching higher levels again is simple. The root zone environment can be used to steer and balance the crop in line with energy management strategies, thereby maximising production and quality.
4. Controlled growth during cultivation
Grotop Expert offers a wide WC control range, allowing the water content to be steered between 50% and 80%. The wide control range gives growers complete control to steer crop growth in the required direction during every phase of cultivation. A generative crop response can still be achieved at a low water content level, without losing any of the power of vegetative growth.
5. Sustainable water and nutrient use
GRODAN Next Generation fibres do not bind water or nutrients and do not require flushing at the start of the cultivation cycle. A targeted application of water and nutrients from the start of the cultivation cycle enables sustainable water and fertilizer use. In combination with other management strategies this also facilitates improved crop steering and better initial setting and fruit development – resulting in resilient plants that give high production.