Growing Media

Find a complete list of all the horticulture information factsheets produced from AHDB funded research and development work.

4 February 2021

Growers explain how they are using our research and knowledge exchange

8 December 2020

An ornamentals nursery explain how they are reducing peat in their production

7 September 2020

This factsheet provides information on optimising mushroom casing using peat and its alternatives. It describes steps that may be taken by growers during preparation and watering of casing to improve mushroom yields and quality, and minimise problems such as bacterial blotch.

23 June 2022

This factsheet collates the results of several projects to provide information on optimising the spawn-running of pasteurised compost in mushroom cultivation. It describes how the rate of spawn-running can be measured and which factors are important in controlling it.

25 February 2022

This factsheet provides growers with information about the risk of winter cold injury occurring in strawberries and offers guidelines on the best forms of protection.

3 September 2020

This factsheet has been produced to provide growers with a basic understanding of the nutritional requirements of strawberries grown in soilless substrates (predominantly peat and coir).

25 November 2021

This factsheet provides background information about the various types of chemical analyses available, guidance on how water, substrate and leaf tissue samples should be collected and managed to ensure accuracy of the results obtained, and offers assistance with the interpretation of the laboratory analysis results generated for each of the sample types. 

25 November 2021

This factsheet describes the chemical and physical properties of irrigation water of relevance to ornamental plant production, including bedding plants, pot plants and hardy ornamentals. Water hardness, conductivity levels and a range of potential impurities and their effects are outlined and appropriate corrective measures summarised.

9 December 2021

These translated practical guides from PCS, Belgium cover a wide range of topics including integrated plant management, lighting crops, cost price calculation and profitability, fertiliser use in ornamental crops etc.

13 December 2021

These annual reports cover a range of small scale trials undertaken in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany by the Trial Advisory Council (VuB) based in Ellerhoop on a range of field- and container-grown hardy nursery stock crops.

27 February 2020

Practical tips to help move to peat-free or peat-reduced growing media