Verloop Tree Nurseries achieve great quality conifers with Ekote
New generation of controlled-release fertilizers produce excellent results at tree nurseries The brothers Willem-Jan and Arjan Verloop tested Ekote Ornamentals Plus at their companies, both of which specialize in growing potted conifers. Their tests focused on the Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana Ellwoodii variety. ‘We are very pleased with the results we saw after using Ekote Ornamentals Plus,' says Arjan Verloop. They tested products with a release profile of three and six months respectively.
The controlled-release fertilizers act as solid basal fertilizers that continually release nutrients over a three-month or six-month period. Ekote Ornamentals Plus is also available in release profiles of nine, twelve, or sixteen months. After this basal fertilizer has been applied, the A and B trays are used to provide balanced nutrition. ‘We have to be able to trust in the release profile of controlled release fertilizers’ explains Willem-Jan Verloop. ‘It is very important that the Electro Conductivity (EC) value in the pot is stable and steady. The reliable release of Ekote creates a good nutritional balance within the conifer pot, which is beneficial to the plant’s colour and quality. An added benefit is that the plant becomes more resistant to diseases and rot.’ Jan Markus de Jong, horticulture specialist at Ekompany, gave advice on the use of Ekote as a fertilizer for this culture.
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