With strawberry propagation and cultivation increasingly moving to high tech, Grodan is committed to understand the added value of its offering for this crop.Contact us
After the classic greenhouse vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers), strawberries are also on the rise in high-tech greenhouses. Due to the extensive knowledge that has been gained and the emergence of new techniques, the crop has great potential for year-round cultivation under glass. Not only does this allow growers to better control their strawberry production, but it can also maintain quality and cost-efficiency.
Via this page, Grodan wants to keep you updated on the progress we make in our strawberry project. We are building up knowledge on how young plants are successfully propagated and fantastic strawberries are grown on our stone wool. We are learning a lot at this journey and get very energized from the early results. Do read the info and contact us in case of questions or remarks.
A recent trial by Grodan has demonstrated that strawberries can be propagated and cultivated on a stone wool substrate while maintaining high quality and attractive fruit size. Additionally, the yields and Brix values were higher than with traditional methods. “Our trial has shown that we have enough knowledge to grow good strawberry plants on stone wool. Everything is ready for upscaling,” says Johanna Bac-Molenaar from WUR.
Growers of many crops worldwide are under mounting pressure from several sides. Against the backdrop of rising consumer demand for fresh and healthy food, retailers expect a reliable year-round supply of consistently high-quality products. At the same time, there are tighter sustainability-related requirements, combined with sharp cost increases due to inflation. “Another factor affecting the strawberry industry in many regions is the restriction of the use of pesticides to avoid pollution of surface water. As a result, on a global level, we have seen a significant increase in the number of strawberry crops produced in greenhouses over the past decade. And this shift from outdoor to indoor growing is likely to accelerate in the coming years,” says Thomas Peters, Business Development Manager New Crops at Grodan.
Global strawberry cultivation is at a turning point. Growers are faced with sharp cost increases, while they also need to continue to guarantee high quality and consistent products, as consumers demand healthy, fresh fruits throughout the year. That is why strawberry propagators and growers are constantly looking for ways to optimise their growth strategy, maximise their yields and minimise their costs. This is the reason for the increasing trend towards the production of everbearers worldwide.
One solution to optimise strawberry cultivation, is to move indoors and to grow strawberries on stone wool growing media in high-tech greenhouses. Growing strawberries on Grodan stone wool with a focused irrigation strategy has been shown to increase yield and increase brix levels. It also allows the re-use of all drain water from the start of the cultivation, allowing strawberry growers to reduce fertiliser costs and meet legislative demands on drain water discharge.
In the past years, we have already seen a large increase of strawberry production in greenhouses worldwide. At Grodan, we believe this trend will continue in the coming years. We are leading the way, by helping ‘early adopter’ propagators and growers to shift to strawberry cultivation on stone wool. By providing the most innovative growing media solutions, and guiding customers to take full advantage of the benefits they bring, Grodan is aiming to transform the way strawberries are cultivated.
In this paper, three Grodan experts will explain why more and more strawberry propagators and growers are interested in growing their products on stone wool growing media, what the benefits of cultivating strawberries on stone wool are, and how Grodan can support propagators and growers to meet the challenges of our time.
Business development manager new crops
Precision growing: is giving exactly what the plant needs in every cultivation phase.
Grodan provides growing media which promote better root development, water supply and more uniformity which will result in better yield and quality.
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