By applying the new insights and principles of Plant Empowerment, many growers are already benefiting from improved results. They notice an improved growth and yield, fewer diseases and pests and at the same time save water, energy, and nutrients. The return can be further increased by an integrated systematic approach.
The Plant Empowerment cultivation concept is based on the laws of physiology and physics. These laws form the basis for systematic cultivation. Monitoring the plant and greenhouse balances using sensors and objective observations provides reliable data on the progress of cultivation. Testing this progress against the cultivation plan and analyzing deviations increases insight and offers starting points for improvement.
This also makes the cultivation process repeatable, despite the fact that the weather conditions and cultivation progress are different every year.
Speeding up the learning curve
Planned cultivation based on Plant Empowerment leads to a steady course for controlling the cultivation, whereby the crop is constantly in balance. This is in contrast to the usual practice in which the course has to be adjusted frequently to bring the crop back into balance. The steady course allows to significantly accelerate the learning curve of both young novice growers and experienced growers.
The continuous collection of data during the cultivation process provides insight into how the plant and greenhouse balances function and, in combination with the cultivation plan as a reference, offers the right tools for effective optimization.
Because the cultivation plan is based on physiological and physical laws, according to Plant Empowerment, planned cultivation also forms a robust framework for autonomous growing.
“Plant Empowerment the basic principles”
Plant Empowerment is an integrated approach to the cultivation process that is based on the natural vigor of plants and uses physiological and physical principles instead of green fingers and feeling. Moreover, Plant Empowerment is universally applicable for all crops, all occurring climate zones, and various types of greenhouses.
The authors of “Plant Empowerment the basic principles”, ir. P.A.M. Geelen, ir. J.O. Voogt and ing. P.A. van Weel have given a powerful innovative impulse to the worldwide pursuit of sustainable and profitable greenhouse horticulture.
Since its introduction in 2018, Plant Empowerment has enjoyed increasing international interest from growers, researchers, consultants, knowledge institutions, and policymakers. The book, which is available in Dutch, English, and Spanish, has already sold many thousands of copies in more than thirty countries.