The garden is returning to the city. On terraces and balconies amongst cement and asphalt, it’s blooming and blossoming like never before. Lifestyle experts call this phenomenon Urban Gardening. The HAWITA-subsidiary Technoplant has the right gadgets on offer for ambitious city gardeners. At the spoga+gafa fair from 31st August to the 2nd September in Cologne, the company will present clever solutions for Urban Gardening – in hall 10.1, stand H050.
Urban Gardening should be both fun and simple. Who wants to water their plants in the stress and hectic schedule of daily life? Technoplant makes it easy for hobby gardeners. The company will therefore present several plant pots with “storage cellars” at spoga+gafa” 2014. This is a water reservoir in the lower part of the pot, container or box, which is separated by a sieve plate from the potting soil (substrate). The plant obtains water according to its needs from the reservoir via the plants roots. An overflow prevents waterlogging.
For those who prefer pots from terracotta, clay or ceramic instead of plastic, Technoplant also has a water reservoir within this product range. Aqua Cotta is a water reservoir insert which is inserted before planting. Water flows into the tank via a nozzle and a sieve plate separates the substrate from the water, like in the plastic pots. Aqua Cotta is available in two sizes. The insert has a flexible edge, so that it can fit into all pots and containers with a diameter of 25 to 35 centimetres, and 40 to 55 centimetres.
For hobby gardeners who like to grow tomatoes and other tasty fruit or vegetables on a balcony or terrace, Technoplant has two new growing aids in their range of products. The tomato staff is made from 18x1mm strong, powder coated aluminium tube in a modular design, so that it can grow over time with the plant. It is fastened on a round plate, which is at the base of the container. The base is covered by soil so that the staff is secure. Depending on the height of the plant, the hobby gardener can insert several staffs, similar to tent poles. A robust spring system connects the tomato staff elements. In this way the tomatoes can survive every storm unscathed.
Technoplant has especially invented climbing aids for Aqua Top 45x45, angular plant containers that can be placed on one another like modules, reaching a height of up to 1.80 Metres. Once folded together they are 33 by 33 centimetres large and can simply be stored in winter in the garage or in the attic. Regardless whether its cucumbers, small paprika or even hot peppers – this growing aid is exactly right for the small “discovery garden”.
For those who have already have plants on their balcony, they can discover yet another spot by the downpipe. For this purpose Technoplant has invented the Trento container, which has a lateral recess the size of a downpipe opening and can be easily attached. Trento also has a water reservoir with an overflow, so that the plant is not affected by too little, or too much rain.
The HAWITA group has expanded its range for the 2014 season with a selection of new special soils. “These allow gardeners to deal effectively with the difficult requirements of plants such as gentians, dipladenia and pot plants,” says Hans-Jürgen Luck, the HAWITA group’s lawyer who will speak on Wednesday (29th January) at the International Plant Trade Fair (IPM) in Essen.
The company has its headquarters in Vechta in Lower Saxony and for the first time is offering its own soil for Japanese gentian, dipladenia and vincaas part of its range. These plant groups need soil with a low pH-value and specially adapted fertiliser. The new soil accounts for these requirements by providing a low salt content, good water absorption and aeration capacity through the addition of coconut fibres. In addition, it provides plants with the perfect balance of trace elements.
Also new to the HAWITA range is a geranium soil, which has a very high black peat content. This black peat promotes root penetration and improves the soil’s ability to retain water. The soil has an ideal pH-value and, due to its balanced mix of bulkier white peat and fine black peat, is particularly suited to the dry, hot climates of Southern Europe. The volcanic clay which is also included maintains the salt and nutrient content.
A perfect mixture of nutrients is also offered by the new soil HAWITA Pro LZD. It is primarily suited to heavy feeders among bedding and balcony plants as well as chrysanthemums, pot plants and hibiscus, and also vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers. This is due primarily to the base fertiliser and the addition of two kilograms per cubic metre of the slow-release fertiliser Osmocote. The nutrient and salt content in this soil is also boosted by volcanic clay and this provides sufficient water flow. The selection of carefully filtered peat guarantees high aeration capacity and a stable structure.
An alternative for quick growing and propagation is the HAWITA Gardeners Soil. The balanced mix of white and black peats enables quick root penetration and encourages optimum plant growth. Clay granules protect the soil from nutrient fluctuations. HAWITA Gardeners Soil is particularly suitable for crops that are grown only for a short time in spring and are quickly sold and is a good value alternative to other soils.
All new special soils are available in 70 litre sacks and in megaboxes.
(Photos: Enzian scabra und Dipladenia, by Kientzler)
From now on, gardeners can search for the correct soil for their plants right from their greenhouses, provided that they have a smartphone or a tablet PC. The HAWITA app will be released in time for the start of the International Plant Trade Fair (IPM) in Essen.
Which soil suits which plant? Gardeners and dealers who ask this question can find answers quickly with the HAWITA Group smartphone app. First of all it is available only in german.
The app is available for both Android phones and iPhones. Using a search function, HAWITA customers can find the right soil while still in their own greenhouse. Filtering can be carried out usingseveral criteria, for example pH-value, component parts, additives, applications and plant types. What is more, the results show the customer further detailed information about soil formulations.
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With just one click, gardeners can find out which salesperson is their point of contact. Another click brings up their contact details, telephone and e-mail. Furthermore, more information can be found about all other products from the company group - for example the lined pot system Easypot and our range of flowerpots. HAWITA stockists can also be found by simply entering a post code.
The app will be available to download from the start of the IPM (28th January) at Google Play for Android and in the Apple App Store. The application is optimised for mobile use on smartphones and also works on tablet PCs.
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Blue-lilac, pink and yellow-green will be the colour trends of the 2014 season, Jörg Naffin from technoplant is sure of that. Already, the demand for fresh colours is enormous. And planting need not always be tonal; even opposites are allowed. So the programme of the HAWITA subsidiary, which has itsheadquarters in Emstek, Lower Saxony, at the International Plant Trade Fair (IPM) in Essen will be appropriately colourful.
A yellow tufted pansy in a lilac pot - “why not?” says Naffin. After all, opposites attract! Flowerpots are ever more colourful so why not make brave colour combinations? If you like it, it’s allowed.
Young customers in particular like to experiment. For many people there is no such thing as too colourful. So why not create even unusual colour combinations? For example, red with pink - previously a complete taboo, but now fully acceptable. A dark red tufted pansy with pink myrtle looks even better in a pink plant pot.
Lush green herbs are shown to particular advantage in pink window boxes. Naffin spots this combination on almost every balcony. Individualism is also a trend on terraces and in the garden. “People want to lift themselves up out of grey uniformity and create highlights.”
Colourful planters are likewise ideal for those who prefer gentler tones. For example, how about lavender in a blue-lilac plant pot? Yellow-green combines well with Carex grass, which in turn blends harmoniously with almost everything that blooms.
The Comet hanging basket, the Orion plant pot and the Rimini herb box are available in the three fresh spring colours of yellow-green, pink and blue-violet. The plant pots and the herb boxes in particular can also be ordered from technoplant in a mixed box of three colours and additionally in terracotta and anthracite.
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