Grodan is a part of the Rockwool group, the market leader in creating new products and ways to use stone wool. The stone wool used for the Rockwool cubes is derived from basalt, a natural volcanic rock. These products are contain no pollutants, plant diseases and enable recirculation of water and nutrients, meaning that there will be no nutrient run-off or waste. Therefore, these grow cubes and propagation cubes lets you maximise the yield based on the input of water and nutrients added, allowing for a reduction in growing costs and increase in yield and quality from the crops.
We supply innovative and sustainable stone wool growing media solutions for the professional horticultural sector, based on Precision Growing principles.These solutions are, amongst others, applied for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, egg plants, roses and gerberas.
Sustainability plays a prominent role within Grodan, from the manufacture of stone wool substrates to end-of-life solutions. Grodan is founded in 1969 and active in more than seventy countries worldwide. The head office is located in Roermond, the Netherlands.
Feeding Future Urban Populations - Introducing the Vertical Farm
Vertical farms are a very promising and sustainable solution to the growing needs for healthy, local foods in (over)populated urban areas. What’s more, at Grodan, we believe vertical farms will play an indispensable role in our future global food production. So, what is it all about?
How it Started
Producing more with less is in our roots. Since we invented hydroponic stone wool growing in 1969 we have continuously evolved the Grodan approach to sustainable growing. Our first customers started growing hydroponically to avoid disinfection of the soil which was done with methyl bromide, a heavy toxic chemical. Our growing media enabled them to provide the plants with water and fertilizer much more precisely and efficiently. By doing so the yield per square meter further increased, while at the same time saving water, fertiliser and subsequently saving on costs. Grodan can be seen as one of the Founding Fathers of Precision Growing for the horticulture industry. Today,growers make use of a wide range of innovative products for the entire growing cycle from the start of propagation till harvesting.
Benefits of Stone Wool
The use of stone wool substrate offers many advantages. Thanks to the controlled manufacturing process, this growth medium is of a consistently high quality. The sterile production under extreme temperature ensures that the product is clean and sterile. Its unique hydrophilic fibre also makes the cultivation on stone wool substrate very easy to control. The grower can administer the amount of water and nutrients the crops need in a very directed and controlled manner, to achieve optimal growing results. Waste becomes a thing of the past. Efficient use of water and nutrients keeps yield per square metre high, and energy consumption per unit of product low. Additionally, the product is lightweight, making it easy to use. And last but not least, stone wool can be easily re-used. To sum up, it is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly product.