Soilless cultivation has developed rapidly in China in recent years, and more and more growers have chosen substrate cultivation. Florentaise, a French leader in formula-based substrates, entered the Chinese market in 2015 and established a joint venture, Fulan Agriculture, in China. Recently, Liang Jinfu, general manager of Fulan Agricultural Company, shared some information about the Chinese market with us.
“Furland is a Sino-French joint venture specializing in the production of formula-based substrates. Thanks to almost 50 years of experience and the Florentine company’s unique pine fiber material, the formula-based substrates are customized according to the characteristics of crops and the growth environment. Our products make extensive use of renewable resources, advocating the peat-free concept. The substrates we produce are widely used for flowers, fruits and vegetables, seedlings, plants Chinese medicinal and other fields, and we are the largest supplier of formula-based substrates in China,” Director Liang said.
“We focus on providing wood fiber substrate formulations, which are the first in China. Through the technical treatment of pine waste, we can turn waste into treasures and make full use of resources to practice sustainable development,” said director Liang. “The formation of peat takes thousands of years of accumulation. To some extent, it is also a non-renewable resource, at least in the short term. Pine fiber is a special substrate material after high temperature degreasing treatment. safe and environmentally friendly and has unique conductivity and permeability in substrate applications. Europe is now often referred to as ‘peat-free’ and uses wood fiber to replace the use of peat,” said director Liang.
“We have factories in Changzhou, Jiangsu and Foshan, Guangdong, and the scale continues to expand. We import basic raw materials from overseas, and some of the raw materials are also produced in China. Once we have the raw materials, we can customize the formula according to the characteristics of the customer’s crops and the needs of the growing environment.Now that the home cultivation on substrate is becoming more mature, it is no longer a single substrate but more customized formulas based on plant characteristics.For customers, we bring the raw materials from overseas and store them in the factory warehouse, which can reduce their order waiting time, especially in the unstable shipping caused by the pandemic, and can help customers reduce order risk and cost pressure.and coco peat should be ordered 1-3m Come in advance, which is not easy. »
“Our domestic customers include all kinds of medium and high grade potted flower customers. According to customer feedback, after using our wood fiber formula substrate, it is obvious that the flower color is more brilliant , the growth cycle is shortened, and the plant’s root system grows well.We will remind customers of the precautions for using formula substrates at the crucial points of plant growth.Our technicians regularly visit customers to solve problems practices they encounter in production. For new customers, we will also provide samples for trial planting.”
“The substrates contain a variety of elements, which are not conducive to long-distance transportation and long-term storage. We recommend that customers order on demand and use them as soon as possible to maximize efficiency. We We also plan to open more factories in China to deliver the freshest formula-based substrate to customers as soon as possible,” Director Liang said.
“In recent years, horticulture development in China has increased significantly, and the government is vigorously supporting it. Yunnan has built a large number of modern fresh-cut flower industrial parks, and flower production has become more and more concentrated. The number of retailers decreased, and the planting scale of large ones continued to expand. Improving flower quality and logistics efficiency will also promote the development of Yunnan’s flower industry. Now, it can be seen that various fields of industry are becoming more and more subdivided. The more professional the work, the more obvious the division of labor and cooperation. Only through joint development can we continue to grow and strengthen.
Mr. Liang also mentioned, “In addition to flowers, fruits and vegetables, the cultivation of Chinese herbal medicines will be another important direction for the development of horticulture. There is a large amount of Chinese herbal medicine planted in China, especially in Yunnan. . The organic matter content is reduced, pesticide and fertilizer residues are serious, and Yunnan’s water supply is also threatened, so the soilless cultivation of Chinese herbal medicines in the horticulture industry will become inevitable. .
Fulan Agricultural Technology (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd., Guangdong Fulan Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd.