Osmocote 5 Stories: Orths Nursery, Australia
Meet the next generation of controlled-release fertilizers: Osmocote 5. The future of stronger and healthier plants is hidden in each of its small granules. With ingenious OTEA-system and brand new NutriMatch-Release technology growers get access to an advanced level of fertilizers, offering exceptional plant health and leaf color. The past year, we have asked customers from all over the world to test the impact of Osmocote 5. In a series of customer stories, we like to share the outcome of the very first trials. These are our customer’s experiences.
Orths Nursery in Victoria, Australia, was willing to trial Osmocote 5 even though the nursery was comfortable with their current ICL fertilizer: Osmocote Exact 8/9 months. Hans Orth, owner of Orths Nursery, decided to trial Osmocote 5 (8-9 months) on four different varieties of Gardenias. Hans: “We were keen to see if we could gain any benefits from the new Osmocote 5.”
All trial crops were potted from 140mm pots to 200mm pots and grown in a multi-span polyhouse over the summer and autumn period. The control batch included the standard potting media with 5kg/m3 Osmocote Exact (8-9 months). The Osmocote 5 crops used the same potting media, but with two different application rates of Osmocote 5: a batch of 5kg/m3, and a batch of the higher rate of 6kg/m3.
“The batch using Osmocote 5 at the higher rate of 6kg/m3 were very noticeably larger and very much greener.”
Osmocote 5: Grower’s experiences
Hans is positive about the results of this trial. He explains: “Within the first 8 weeks we noticed the plants in the media with the Osmocote 5 were both greener and I thought, better structured.” In the following 8 weeks, the difference seemed less apparent, with plants that all looked lush green and healthy. Although Hans did notice a marginally closer leaf node spacing on the stems of the Osmocote 5 crops.
The real difference became visible in the 8 weeks after that. Hans: “It was hard to call a visual difference between the Osmocote Exact and Osmocote 5 batches using the 5kg/m3. If anything, the plants with the Osmocote 5 application were structured a little better than the ones using Osmocote Exact. However, the batch using Osmocote 5 at the higher rate of 6kg/m3 were very noticeably larger and very much greener. We are happy to move forward using Osmocote 5 in all of our production with selected crops at this higher rate.”
“We are happy to move forward using Osmocote 5 in all of our production with selected crops at this higher rate.”
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