never tried it, but looks interestingSorry about the double post. I am new here and didn't know each post has to be moderated.
As for cost, I don't think it is that expensive, but in any case, it's not relevant for me as I have already purchased both and have them available to use.
Fytocell most certainly is NOT sure to grow. From what I've heard that is absolutely shite. I know for a fact that fytocell outperforms vermiculite/perlite and at the very least, works as well as coco.
I just was wondering whether anyone believes it works any better than coco?
Don't let the chemistry mislead you. Just because it has the word formaldehyde in it, it doesn't mean it's toxic like formaldehyde itself, or has any of the properties of formaldehyde itself for that matter.A urea melamine formaldehyde resin doesn't sound to attracting to me personally, but....
ISHS Acta Horticulturae 697: International Symposium on Soilless Culture and Hydroponics
FYTOCELL, AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR SUBSTRATE
Author: J.C.C. Welleman
Aminoplast-foams have been used for decades as soil improvers all over the world. Over the past five-year introduction period Fytocell, an aminoplast-foam with additional specific physical characteristics, has provided very good results as a “unique and promising” substrate for the soil less culture sector. Fytocell is an organic synthetic hydrophilic foam, which is biodegradable with an open cell structure. It provides optimum capillarity, homogenously throughout the whole substrate, providing an water/air ratio of 60/40, irrespective of height. As a result of these physical characteristics: Fytocell maintains a good water/air ratio, even when frequently watered; Fytocell promotes strong and uniform rooting throughout the whole substrate; even when fully saturated, the air content is still around 30%, and Fytocell is easy to re-wet. Fytocell can be produced in the local horticultural growing areas resulting in major logistical cost savings. Recent research at the University of Wageningen (environmental technology) has proven that Fytocell is compostable with other organic materials such as plant waste. A solution for waste disposal can therefore be resolved locally. The composted product retains nearly all of its physical characteristics and is very suitable as a soil improver. Fytocell has proven itself within numerous horticultural sectors and fully backs up the results collected at international research and trial stations.
My buddy was talking about trying some new foam product in the greenhouse he works at. Next time I see him I will have to ask him if this is the stuff he was talking about. Would be really interested to see some test grows.