Kriterien für RAL gütegesicherte Substrate

Graveside garden soil: velvet cover for the final resting place

A person’s grave has immense emotional significance. It is a memorial, a place of practiced remembrance and inner dialogue. Which is why most bereaved attach such importance to a dignified and well-groomed appearance of the graveside. They affectionally plant and maintain the graveside and many of them take great comfort in their regular visits to […]

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Pflanzenpflege

Plant care in summer

Less watering required with good planting media In summer, you can virtually watch your plants grow, whether in your home or on the balcony or patio. But the higher the temperatures rise and the intensity of the sunlight increases, the more of a chore it is carrying heavy watering cans around. Might be good for […]

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Blumen auf Terrasse

Pottet roses for patios and balconies

Pottet roses for patios and balconies Royal delight Even queens keep up with the times. Whereas roses used to be classic garden plants, they have become ever more trendy and are frequently used today to decorate plant boxes and planters. When planted at eye and nose level, these fantastic, often intensely fragrant flowers can be […]

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Potting soil for planters: sound support for long-term companions

Potting soil for planters: sound support for long-term companions A high-quality growing medium is the best recipe for healthy foliage and flowering plants Enter peace and quiet. The wide-open balcony door opens the view to flowering oleander bushes, elegant African lilies (Agapanthus) and bright vivid hibiscus flowers. The fresh scent of a Kaffir lime tree […]

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Acidic soil for a smile

Soil mixes for rhododendrons and more Acidic soil for a smile Acidic soil – doesn’t sound very pleasant, does it? Well, that’s just what rhododendrons, hydrangeas, heather, fuchsias and countless other ericaceous plants like best. These species all explicitly require an acidic soil environment to thrive. Most garden soils fail to meet this requirement, which […]

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Pflanzenpflege

Potting soils – flowering or foliage plant: does it really make a difference?

Potting soils – flowering or foliage plant: does it really make a difference? From windowsill decoration to prestige item – indoor plants have experienced an incredible boom for quite some time now. That’s not only because they filter the air and improve its quality in a room, but especially because they are powerful design elements […]

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Vorteile des RAL Guetezeichen

GGS holds meeting in the Eifel an honours long-term members

GGS holds meeting in the Eifel and honours long-term members The Gütegemeinschaft Substrate für Pflanzen e.V. (GGS) held a Members General Meeting in Monschau (Eifel) in November. At the meeting, the companies RETERRA Service GmbH and Vogteier Erdenwerk GmbH were honoured for their 25 years of membership. The association’s long-standing General Manager, Ulrike Wegener, was […]

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Vorteile des RAL Guetezeichen

Compost – the gardener’s black gold

Compost – the gardener’s black gold It is fine-grained with a deep blackish brown colour and sends gardeners into rapture – compost. For centuries, the “black gold” has proven to be an excellent natural fertiliser and soil improver. Its abundance of positive properties makes it an important material in many planting substrates. The trend towards […]

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Retained samples – not a nuisance, in fact, valuable!

Retained samples – not a nuisance, in fact, valuable! Taking substrate samples, analysing them and finally storing them in a cool, dark and dry place – it might all sound at first like a lot of extra effort for no clear return. Nevertheless, these steps are important, especially for smaller nurseries who can’t absorb noticeable […]

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Bark mulch vs. mineral mulch

Bark mulch vs. mineral mulch Which material is used for what purpose? A trend that almost turned into a curse. Over recent years, front gardens all over the country were topped with thick layers of gravel or pebbles, creating monotonous plant graves with just an occasional ornamental grass showing itself. No trace of life anywhere. […]

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“Soil studies” for gardeners

“Soil studies” for gardeners Planting success is all about the right growing medium. Find out how to choose the adequate soil mix. Tough choices in the garden centre There’s one for tomatoes and one for rhododendrons, one for soft fruit and one for herbs. The soil for citrus plants is on sale, but still more […]

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How to make orchids thrive and blossom

How to make orchids thrive and blossom They are – and have been for many years – by far the most popular flowering indoor plants: potted orchids delight plant lovers again and again with their exotic blooms, bright colours and rich green leaves. Superstars such as the moth orchids (Phalaenopsis), have transformed the common perception […]

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Fungi in bark mulch: no sign of poor quality

Fungi in bark mulch: no sign of poor quality What’s this? You’ve carefully covered your garden bed with bark mulch so that weeds won’t come anywhere near your perennials, trees and shrubs. And what do to see? Fungi! Mainly mushrooms, small ones, slender and generally not even nasty-looking. But you might also see sac fungi, […]

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Ready-to-use soil mixes for raised garden beds: It’s all about the right mix

Ready-to-use soil mixes for raised garden beds: It’s all about the right mix RAL Quality mark for successful gardening Backyards, balconies, community gardens, pedestrian zones – wherever you look, raised garden beds are as popular as ever. The originally simple wooden frames have given way to a wide variety of presentations ranging from rustic to […]

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Indoor plants appreciate high-quality substrates

Indoor plants appreciate high-quality substrates Indoor plants are more than just appealing home accessories. Kentia palms, spider plants, orchids …, the green roommates lend a cosy atmosphere even to spartanly furnished rooms and have been proven to improve the indoor climate by producing oxygen, increasing air humidity and, maybe most importantly, filtering dust and pollutants […]

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Balcony vegetables – the right soil mix for success

Balcony vegetables – the right soil mix for success. The smaller the volume of the container, the more important the properties of the substrate Do you dream of your own sun-warmed tomatoes, crisp kohlrabi and freshly harvested lettuce? You don’t necessarily need to have a garden to make your dream come true: countless vegetables can […]

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Premium potting soils – a science of its own

Premium potting soils – a science of its own Potting soil is one of the most popular gardening accessories. But what exactly makes a good substrate for planting? And must good quality inevitably be more expensive?  Good potting soil has a stable structure It provides plants with reliable support without slumping or compacting – and […]

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Grow, plant, grow …

Grow, plant, grow … It’s time to re-pot potted and patio plants Our energy levels rise as soon as the sun starts to come out again after what seems to some like endless winter, and plants are just the same. There are some indoor plants where you can virtually watch the vitality creep back into […]

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How to handle growing media properly

How to handle growing media properly Avoid quality loss in high-quality products after purchase by observing just a few simple steps. High-quality plants can’t thrive in poor soil – they need a suitable growing medium with high-quality substrates. That’s why countless horticultural businesses have for many years made sure they use RAL-certified substrates. The tight […]

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Fungus gnats in potting soils

Fungus gnats in potting soils Small insects can be an issue, especially in winter. Here’s an easy solution to the problem. Almost every plant lover has had to deal with black 1-5 mm large fungus gnats (Sciaridae) at one point in their lives. The flies are found especially in greenhouses and in the winter near […]

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Bark mulch: No need to worry about soil acidification

Bark mulch: No need to worry about soil acidification There is a stubborn rumour that bark mulch lowers the soil pH value. Many gardeners and horticulturists greatly appreciate the countless benefits bark mulch offers: It gives borders a uniform and neat look, keeps weeds down, holds the moisture in the ground, and prevents soil from […]

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Bark mulch in rose borders

Bark mulch in rose borders – Mulching with this natural product offers numerous benefits For centuries, roses have been one of the most popular ornamental plants – they are more loved than ever before, because rose breeding has long focused on scent, healthy leaves and producing a multitude of flowers, so that consumers can today […]

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Bark mulch in perennial plantings

Bark mulch in perennial plantings Tips for using bark mulch as an organic ground cover – Dark-coloured spruce, reddish brown Scots pine or stone pine bark of an even ruddier shade – bark mulch has numerous faces, and even more fans. Many people appreciate the crushed pieces of bark because of their optical effect, using […]

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Weeds in potting soils

Weeds in potting soil Annoying surpries after potting or re-potting plants can be avoided Weed seeds in potting soils can be really annoying, and they are usually far more noticeable in pots and planters than in beds. Even worse in multi-colour flower mixes, because you can’t easily distinguish between weed and flower when the seeds […]

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Potting soils containing organic fertilisers

Potting soils containing organic fertilisers Compost and other mixes are more and more attractive to consumers Producing shoots several metres long in some cases, lush foliage and an abundance of bright flowers – for weeks and months on end, ornamental and tub plants stage a performance that is no less than terrific. Where in the […]

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Peat-free potting soils

Peat-free potting soils: Flower your terrace and balcony peat-free by using the right soil mix Some just sow plants for the bees and butterflies, set up insect hotels, prefer old fruit and vegetable cultivars and look for tips to conserve water while making sure their plants get enough. To more and more people, gardening and […]

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