Growing media trials

A growing media trial at NIAB

In support of the horticultural industry moving to peat-free growing media, NIAB has been running several growing media trials to compare formulations and assess plant performance.

The extensive glasshouse facilities across our sites offer a range of specifications, presenting good commercial growing standards and offering controlled conditions and uniformity of environment.

Trials can be established in basic heated areas or heated with supplementary lighting, as well as the option for outdoor hard standing areas fully equipped with automated drip or overhead irrigation.

We run a range of trials looking at seed and cutting composts for propagation, indoor growing medias for house plants, general purpose and specialist growing medias for all bedding and hardy nursery stock plants.

NIAB can deliver your trial requirements across a wide range of crop and plant species with the equipment, experience, resource, & facilities to offer a complete custom-made package from trial design, trial delivery, data collection, analysis, & reporting to your specification

Trials can be carried out at our Cambridge or East Malling sites, and we are happy to arrange a site tours.

Get in touch with your requirements for a quote:


Ben Tea
Emma Smith

East Malling:

Emma Easton

NIAB glasshouse services