Here are three new products spotted on the trade show floor at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference held October 3-4, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Organic growing container
A.M.A. Horticulture is launching a new organic growing container that will be available end of November 2018. Rick Bradt, manager director of the rebranded company, says that the container bottom is contoured so that water seeps to the four drainage holes. When the container is set on an existing greenhouse trough, water will drain into the trough. The polyethylene container holds 55 litres of organic, peat-based substrate.
“It’s certified for use in organic agriculture, meeting the Canadian organic regulations for minimum volume of soil per square meter,” explains Bradt. “For greenhouse operators who are growing organic produce – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant – they can switch out stonewool or cocoa slabs to this new container.
For more details, go to: www.amahort.com
New red bell pepper
Enza Zaden, family-owned Dutch breeding company, is introducing a new red bell pepper. It has a smooth wall, bright red colour and sizes well for bagging for the “stoplight” market. The stoplight market refers to packages of red, yellow and green peppers. Besides good taste, it has excellent shelf life.
“This red pepper is in the commercialization stage right now,” says Arden Nywening, Canadian manager. “It’s aimed for production in May/June 2019. We’ll have large volumes available for both the conventional and organic markets for 2019.”
An orange bell pepper, E20B.0261, is also in the launch phase.
For more details, go to: www.enzazaden.us
New sachet to control two-spotted spider mites
Koppert is introducing a new sachet of predatory mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis to control two-spotted spider mites in the greenhouse. Spidex Boost comes in boxes of 100 or 250 climate-resistant sachets. Each sachet contains 100 predatory mites.
Phytoseiulus persimilis feeds on all stages of spider mites, but has a preference for eggs. The predatory mites pierce the eggs and consume the contents. Adult Phytoseiulus persimilis also attacks adult spider mites but the smaller instars only feed on smaller prey in the early stages of development. The larvae do not eat. The predatory mite can only survive on two spotted spider mites (Tetranychus spp.).
For more details, go to: www.koppert.ca