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Biological protection methods

Environmental cleanliness is the most important advantage of ECO-Culture company’s products. We managed to achieve the complete safety of tomatoes by implementing innovative agricultural solutions in the production process. We have completely abandoned the use of chemicals in favor of biological methods of plant protection. The dangerous tomato pests (whiteflies, aphids) are controlled by their natural enemies – entomophages. These are predatory bugs, which exterminate pests during the whole period of plant growth and development.

We breed our natural assistants in special laboratories (insectariums). Enthomophages require special care and protection, as well as specific conditions when being transported to greenhouses and strict population control. This is the only way to achieve a perfect balance in complex ecological systems inside the greenhouse complexes. However, the result is definitely worth all the effort!

By choosing products offered by ECO-Culture holding, you get not only tasty and fresh vegetables but also a guarantee of environmental safety for yourself and your loved ones.

Drip irrigation

For plants, water is a source of life and growth. And while there are many ways to organize the water supply, when it comes to greenhouse cultivation, the preferred method of watering is drip irrigation. This technique provides individual nutrition for each plant. Drip irrigation system allows not only to keep a plant watered but also to deliver mineral fertilizers directly to the root system.

In our greenhouses, the very process of watering and fertilizing is fully automated. The computer analyzes air and soil humidity indicators, the temperature regime inside the greenhouse, takes into account the plant’s life stage, time of day, and other parameters. After that, based on the data obtained, it can turn the irrigation system on or off.

The key advantages of the drip irrigation system we use:

  • mineral fertilizer coming in the form of a water solution;
  • water and mineralfertilizers delivered directly to the root system;
  • large areas watered with minimal labor costs;
  • a significant amount of water resources saved.

Nowadays, the drip irrigation technique is the most environmentally friendly method of watering plants as it reduces the demand of the greenhouse complex for water resources. In the greenhouse complexes of ECO-Culture holding, the effect is enhanced by the use of a closed system of water consumption. All water used for irrigation is later accumulated in a special drainage level, then purified by a multi-stage system and can be reused for technological needs.

This way, we considerably reduce the impact of the company’s operation on the environment. In addition, the technology used allows us to cut down significantly the cost of the final products, which makes our vegetables more affordable for consumers.

Tomato grafting

In the greenhouses of ECO-Culture holding, we use only biological methods of increasing yields and plant protection. One of the safest methods that have a positive impact on the quality and quantity of fruits is tomato grafting. The idea is that the sprouts of exquisite variety tomatoes are enhanced by a powerful root system of wild tomatoes. As a result, the plant becomes more resistant to any environmental influences, while the fruits are getting sweeter and more flavorful.

The procedure is extremely labor-intensive as it requires working individually with each plant. In the ECO-Culture greenhouses, the grafting process is completely automated.

The impact of grafting on tomato development and yield:

  • the root system gets strengthened;
  • the risk of developing diseases is reduced – once grafted, the plants acquire strong immunity;
  • higher yields when growing hybrid plants on already rooted bushes;
  • tomatoes become more resistant to any adverse factors.

The grafting also allows experimenting with varietal and hybrid qualities by modifying different crops during one season.

The tomato grafting procedure is an example of how a separate technological process can be automated. It is a set of such solutions complementing the general level of automation that becomes one of the significant factors to improve the holding’s competitiveness.

Pollination by bumblebees

When it comes to growing tomatoes and other vegetable crops, ECO-Culture holding strictly adheres to environmental standards. To stimulate the fertility of plants and increase yield, we use only biological methods. One of them is using bumblebees for pollination. This is the most effective and safe way to accelerate the process of ovary formation on tomato plants and increase the number of fruits produced.

The physiological peculiarities of the bumblebee body structure (relatively large body size, weight) ensure a perfect transfer of pollen from flower to flower. In addition, their activity also has an additional effect known as “buzz pollination”. Meanwhile, some characteristics of their vision – the ability to perceive ultraviolet light invisible to the human eye – allow bumblebees to precisely locate flowers with ripened pollen in all kinds of lighting conditions. Furthermore, the presence of bumblebees in the greenhouse is a guarantee that no flower will be left unattended.

The key advantages of bumblebee pollination:

  • substantial yield increase (up to 20 percent);
  • improved fruit quality.

In our greenhouse complexes, bumblebees live in comfortable hives. Each of those is equipped with a container with a specially prepared food that ensures the vitality of the insect family throughout their stay in the greenhouse. The hives inside our greenhouses provide the perfect conditions for the bumblebees to perform at their best.