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    Competitive advantages of LED in floriculture

    Floriculture customers confirm competitive advantages of propagating and growing crops with Philips LED toplighting


    Philips announces results from three floriculture customers with LED toplighting at Four Oaks Trade Show in UK


    August 31, 2015


    Eindhoven – Philips Horticulture LED Solutions, a leading innovator of lighting technologies to improve floriculture and horticulture, announces results from LED toplighting that confirm its competitive advantages for growers. These will be presented at the Philips booth (#E62) as well as their local LED Horti Partner Cambridge HOK (booth #E27 A&B) during the Four Oaks Trade Show 2015 in Cheshire, UK. The results include dramatically higher propagation success rates for patio plant plugs, as well as 7-10 day faster rooting times and 10-14 day faster finishing times for perennials. Visitors can sign up here.


    Key benefits

    • Dramatically higher propagation success rates for patio plant plugs
    • 7-10 day faster rooting times and 10-14 day faster finish times for perennials
    • Up to 46% energy savings compared to high pressure sodium (HPS) lighting, low installation costs, and maintenance costs
    Udo van Slooten, General Manager of Philips Horticulture LED Solutions adds, “Our GreenPower LED toplighting makes plants grow faster and more abundantly and can help reduce growth regulators, so your margins go up while your operating costs go down. Plants can be given the exact light level that they need.”

    Begonias rooted one week faster

    As the largest family-owned grower and retail garden center in Michigan, Bordine’s Farm propagates 10 million seedlings every year. It has been trialing its most popular annuals and perennials under Philips GreenPower LED toplighting and HID (high intensity discharge) lights. Considering that rooting is the slowest part of the propagation process, Dave Redoutey, Propagation Grower was impressed with the LED results. “The Begonias rooted one week faster – it was amazing.” Redoutey also noted more compact growth; increased basal, vegetative bud development without the use of PGRs (plant growth regulators); faster root development allowing for earlier transplanting; prominent pigmentation; and sturdier leaves.
    Bordines Farm

    Dramatically higher propagation success rates

    Kernock Park Plants in Saltash, UK is an innovative wholesale nursery that supplies over 1,500 growers in the UK and Europe with young plugs to grow on for patio plants sold to retail outlets. The nursery has been comparing the results of plants propagated under Philips GreenPower LED toplighting versus conventional HPS lighting. With LED toplighting, Kernock Park Plants improved the propagation success rate for many of their crops; one variety almost tripled – going from 34% to 96%. Results also showed faster rooting and botrytis control was limited to one preventative spray. All using 30% less power compared to HPS lighting.
    Walters Gardens

    Dianthus and Hibiscus finished 10-14 days faster

    Walters Gardens in Zeeland, Michigan, USA, is a market leader in the perennial industry and ships more than 18 million perennial liners annually. It has been comparing plant performance under the LED toplighting versus high HPS fixtures. Troy Shumaker, Chief Financial Officer of Walters Gardens says, “With Philips LED fixtures we have experienced greatly reduced crop times with an increase in overall plant quality while using less energy.” Finishing times for dianthus and hibiscus were reduced by as much as 10-14 days. Other results were better survival percentage and consistent growth of plants throughout the plug tray, as well as faster and better rooting with compact plant growth for specific cultivars.

    Light recipes benefit every plant and phase

    Since different crops, flowers, and plants require different light/temperature situations (alongside other climatic conditions) for optimal growth, Philips has invented specific light recipes for specific crops to help growers further enhance their crop results. A recipe combines the following elements: light spectrum, intensity, illumination moment, uniformity, and positioning. Using a recipe, a grower can steer specific plant characteristics, from compactness, color intensity, and branch development to flowering and more to improve results. Philips light recipe knowledge has been developed over many years of cooperation with growers, university, and research sites to enhance growth. Results from growers using Philips light recipes can be found here.

    About Philips Horticulture LED Solutions

    Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting products and technology for more than 100 years, has been at the forefront of innovative LED technology for a wide range of consumer and commercial applications. As part of the company’s leadership in horticulture LED, Philips continues to significantly invest in LED research and collaborate externally with higher education facilities and research institutes. This emphasis on research as well as ongoing expansion of the LED Horti Partner network demonstrates Philips’ commitment to continue leading the horticulture industry as the innovative LED solutions partner.


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