Pine wood fiber shows promise as growing material
UNH plant research holds promise for NH’s $32.9 million floriculture industry
DURHAM, N.H. — Increasing transportation costs, concerns over the environmental sustainability of peat harvesting processes, and occasional shortages of peat and perlite have increased the need for alternative growing materials, which are called substrates, for ornamental plant growers. New research from the University of New Hampshire shows amending traditional soilless substrates with pine wood fiber has great potential as an alternative material for the state’s floriculture industry.
(Crysta Harris, ’19G; courtesy photo)