Romberg Powerplaant – All You Need for Plant Propagation

With the new brand Powerplaant the German company Romberg presented an assortment of products for the ambitious and technical enthusiastic amateur gardener at spoga+gafa 2013.

The propagator models differ in size and equipment depending on what kind of plants you want to grow and what space you have available. They all have a transparent cover with ventilation slides that ensure simple climate control.

Two of the Powerplaant models are equipped with illumination units, the smaller one, Lumio, with 12 watt and the larger one, Lucio, with 24 watt. The models Gian and Nando include a PVC covered and acid-resistant heating mat and the propagator set Maximus complete has 2 x 24 watt lighting, a heating mat and as extras a thermostat and an integrated digital automatic timer.

For the seedlings and cuttings there are special pellets available that are peat-free and made of coir substrate with a special nutrient mixture.

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The Garden Centre Group Takes Over The Garden Leisure Group

The Garden Centre Group just announced that they took over the Garden & Leisure Group from Louis Delhaize, owner of Truffaut, the largest garden centre chain in France.

The takeover includes seven sites at very good locations. The Garden Centre Group now owns 139 stores altogether and strengthened its leading position on the garden centre market. Kevin Bradshaw, Chief Executive of The Garden Centre Group said about the acquisition: “Adding these unique, destination stores to our group represents a major milestone in our ambitious growth plans and the seven centres, in strong catchment areas, complement our existing estate well.” The locations at Barnett Hill, Endsleigh, Cadbury, Huntingdon, Gardenlands, Melbicks and Percy Thrower’s will be made into flagship stores.

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NTS® Twist-Free Technology: Patented Hoses Made by FITT

During use standard braided hoses tangle and twist, making watering difficult and even irritating. A hose difficult to be used because of tangles’ formation and irregular water flow, discourages even the most passionate gardener.

FITT, Italian Company leader in the watering market, offers a solution: the patented twist-free NTS hose. The NTS technology guarantees garden hoses’ easiness of use, preventing knots formation and abnormal behaviors.

The heart of the NTS patent consists in the exclusive helicoidal stitch reinforcing the hose that is able to absorb the torsion forces generated by water pressure and eliminate them. Thanks to this innovative technology, the hose is docile, following the user’s movements and becoming easy to roll and unroll on the hose-reel, without any fold.

NTS technology hoses are offered in a wide range of colors and models to answer to different needs of consumers and markets. In the kit version, the NTS hoses are equipped with the new soft-touch fittings for an ergonomic grip with lance, fittings and tap adaptor.

Fitt is exhibitor at spoga+gafa 2013 from September 8th to 10th. You can find them in hall 6.01.

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Allett Unveils Complete Lawn Care System at spoga+gafa 2013

Allett Mowers, a specialist cylinder mower manufacturer, will be unveiling its innovative Complete Lawn Care System for the first time in Germany, at this year’s spoga+gafa Garden Trade Fair in Cologne.

The Complete Lawn Care System, which includes an aerator, a lawn brush, dethatcher, verticutter and a 10-bladed cartridge, as well as a top of the range walk behind cylinder lawnmower, will be revealed in conjunction with Allett’s new domestic distributer in Germany, Claus + Mathes.

Allett’s complete range of domestic petrol and electric cylinder lawn mowers, including the Classic, the Kensington and the Buckingham, will also be on display on the stand which will also be represented by Claus + Mathes.

“At Allett we are continually looking at how we can improve our products in line with our customers’ needs,” explains Austin Jarrett, Allett managing director. “It was through customer feedback that we learnt cost and space were two key issues faced by gardeners today. Buying a machine for each individual job can be extremely expensive and is out of most people’s budgets. On the other hand, if they could afford the equipment they struggled to store it all. It was due to this that we developed the Complete Lawncare System.

“We are delighted to be unveiling the System for the first time in Germany, alongside Claus + Mathes, our new distributor in the region – and thespoga+gafa is the obvious place to do it. Claus + Mathes is a perfect fit for Allett’s business model and we’re looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship,” adds Austin.

To view Allett’s new Complete Lawn Care System, together with the rest of its domestic range, and to discuss your mowing requirements, please visit stand C023 in Hall 6.1 at spoga+gafa from the 8th to the 10th September 2013.

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Nominated for Unique Youngstar Design Contest at spoga+gafa 2013: Hochbeet by Thinking Hands

15 design projects by young talents are nominated for the unique youngstar award 2013. The theme of this year’s competition is “outdoor living”.

The nominated projects will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa in Cologne, from September 8th to 10th. Between now and spoga+gafa we will introduce  the nominees in the garden unique category of this blog.


  • By: Thinking Hands, Saskia Drebes, Cosima Geyer, Sandra Spoo, Simon Frambach, Tim Mackerodt
  • Material: Steel tube, hemp cloth
  • Size: 100 x 100 x 100 cm 

„Hochbeet“ is the German word for a heightened flower bed. The design piece by the Thinking Hands group is independent of the ground below and can be used in urban living areas. Backyards without green areas and open wasteland can be used for the cultivation of home-grown vegetables. The raised plantation area ensures a comfortable working posture while weeds and pests cannot reach the cultivated plants. The modular system and the fast set-up enable a step-by-step expansion: From the hobby gardener with one plot to a raised garden for self-sufficiency. With a medium plant depth of 30 cm, the raised flower bed is particularly suitable for plants with shallow and medium-length roots such as lettuce or strawberries. The ‘Hochbeet’ transforms dreary backyards into lush islands and a meeting place for families, friends and neighbours.

The winners of the competition will be announced in Hall 10.2 of the koelnmesse in Cologne on September 8th 2013 at 5 p.m. during the unique hour event. There will be three prizes awarded by a jury and an audience award which will be determined by online vote at