Grow Better Margins and Better Plants

See how HydraFiber’s unique structure promotes robust root development—the first step in growing better plants and better margins

Grow Better Margins and Better Plants

The industry's largest growers are reaping the business advantages of HydraFiber in their media - you can too!

Grow Better Margins and Better Plants

The industry's largest growers are reaping the business advantages of HydraFiber in their media - you can too!

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The Ultimate Growing Mix Amendment

The first substantial substrate innovation in over 40 years, HydraFiber® is an approximately 98% porous fiber substrate with extremely low bulk density (1.4 +/- 0.20 lbs. per opened cubic foot). HydraFiber is manufactured with our unique Thermally Refined® process that combines wood and bark chips and refines them in a pressurized vessel (U.S. patent 10,266,457 and patents pending) to create singulated, small-diameter, long, thin strands with large surface area. With quality control and quality assurance checks every 30 minutes during production, HydraFiber is the same 365/24/7.

Ultimate Growing

The most progressive growers in the country have switched to HydraFiber because of its many advantages:

  • 10% to up to 36.6% more available water to every plant due to the higher surface area of our fibers
  • Better air space and improved root zone development
  • Expedited shipping available for all standard HydraFiber formulations
  • Locked-in contract pricing available
  • Arrives unfrozen and ready to use

We are experts in wood refining. Take a quick tour of the process.

THE BOTTOM LINE


You can reduce your soilless media headaches while delivering exceptional plant quality and business efficiencies.

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Read how HydraFiber grows better margins and better plants, the different ways you can incorporate it into your operation and get all the specs.

Better Root Development

"We have not had to make any changes to our fertilization practices or plant growth regulation strategies. The transition to HydraFiber has been seamless."

– Brent Troost, Head Grower, ColorPoint–Illinois

We hear comments like this from growers all the time. Not only are they seeing equal or better root development compared to other mixes, but more importantly, they are having to change very little in their crop cultivation practices. Be sure to check out this Case Study from Dr. Glenn Fain at Auburn University for details on a recent Poinsettia Trial conducted with HydraFiber added to the mix in various percentages.

Peat Mix vs. HydraFiber Mix
Peat Mix vs. Hydrafiber Mix
Peat-Lite Mix vs. HydraFiber Mix
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Peat-Coir Mix vs. HydraFiber Mix
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Bark-Based Mix vs. HydraFiber Mix
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Improved Business Efficiencies

Highly compressed HydraFiber 50-lb. bales expand 13 to 1. A little goes a long way! HydraFiber delivers more efficient storage per cubic yard than peat, bark, perlite, coir or vermiculite, and growers are finding these space savings to be a big benefit.

1 semitrailer of Hydrafiber
1 semitrailer of HydraFiber
2 semitrailers of Coir
2 semitrailers of Coir
5 semitrailers of Peat
5 semitrailers of Peat
8 semitrailers of Perlite
8 semitrailers of Perlite

Easier Water Uptake

HydraFiber's tremendous surface area makes water work more efficiently. Water is held on the surface of the fiber and is more readily accessible when the plant needs it. To get an up-close-and-personal view of HydraFiber and how it is absorbed by the fiber, check out our Water Uptake Video on HydraFiber, peat and coir particles.

HydraFiber's tremendous surface area makes water work more efficiently
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Coir
Coir

Peat's waxy cuticle sheds water which doesn't store water for the plant

HydraFiber Thermally Refined wood fibers store and release water for the plant

Coir fibers trap water needed for the plant

Adding 20% HydraFiber 090WB increases available water compared to 20% perlite or 20% coir blended with peat
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Safe Outdoor Storage

Outdoor Storing

HydraFiber bales are wrapped in plastic, clearly labeled with the formulation name for easy identification by your crew. Each pallet of 40 bales receives a pallet cap and is shrink-wrapped. As long as the plastic is not pierced at off-loading, HydraFiber can be safely stored outdoors. In addition, with moisture level standard at 20%, HydraFiber does not freeze.

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Calculate Your Savings

We invite you to run the numbers and see for yourself how switching to HydraFiber will have a positive effect on your bottom line.

This "HydraFiber Cost Savings Calculator" is designed to provide an idea of the annual savings you’ll achieve by switching from a blend of 80/20 peat/perlite to a blend of 70/30 peat/HydraFiber Ultra, 70/30 peat/HydraFiber Hydbrid or 80/20 HydraFiber EZ Blend.

Simply select a product, enter your current mix volume and your state. Once you see the savings, please contact us for a custom calculation based on your specific mix.

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HydraFiber products

HydraFiber 065
Propagation, 4 in., 6 in. & gallons
HydraFiber 090
Propagation, 4 in., 6 in. & gallons
HydraFiber 160
4 in., 6 in., 1 gallon & 2 gallon
HydraFiber 365
1 gallon, 2 gallon & larger
HydraFiber 510
1 gallon, 2 gallon & larger

Our unique Thermally Refined® processing is done in a pressurized vessel – that's unique to Profile in the horticulture industry. What that does is create very long, thin fibers with an incredible amount of surface area, up to seven times greater than peat. Since root hairs absorb water off a substrate's surface, HydraFiber's tremendous surface area leads to better root establishment and faster rooting.

  • Sterilized through the entire manufacturing process
  • No expansion with water needed
  • Blends easily with other mix components
  • Delivers more efficient storage per cubic yard of material than peat, bark, perlite, coir or vermiculite
  • Available when you want it

HYDRAFIBER
065WB 090WB 160WB 365WB 510WB
pH 4.5 +/- 0.4
EC (ms/cm2) 0.01 - 0.19
Moisture Content 20% +/- 4%
Organic Matter ^ 99.7 +/- 0.2%
HYDRAFIBER
065WB 090WB 160WB 365WB 510WB
Total Porosity 93-97% 93-96% 96-99% 96-99% 95-99%
Container Capacity (WHC)** 49-55% 41-47% 42-49% 35-42% 27-35%
Air Pore Space 39-47% 47-55% 48-55% 58-63% 60-69%
Compacted Bulk Density 18.5 lbs./ft +/- 1.5
Loose Bulk Density *** 1.4 lbs./ft +/- 0.20

^Loss on ignition (ASTM D586-97)
*Derived from Porometer Test Method-NCSU Substrates Lab
**WHC = Water-Holding Capacity
***Profile Fiber Opener

HydraFiber Processing Equipment

A key feature of HydraFiber is that it comes compressed and packaged in 50-lb. bales with a 13:1 expansion rate. AgriNomix in Oberlin, Ohio – industry leaders in greenhouse manufacturing equipment – developed the HydraFiber processing units to return HydraFiber bales to their fibrous state. Each of the three models maximizes the yield of each bale, producing 1.1 cubic yards of singulated fibrous material that's ready to blend right into the media. While the machines fit easily into most existing mix lines, AgriNomix continues to expand HydraFiber processing equipment options and develop new accessories to meet your specific uses. The AgriNomix and HydraFiber teams work together with you to determine which machine works best for your production situation.

Watch our short video to see the HydraFiber processing equipment in action.
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HydraFiber Processing Unit (HPU)*

Best For Regional Blenders and Growers

  • Maximizes HydraFiber yield and uniformity.
  • Can be employed as the blending line mixer chamber.
  • Industrial computer with “per call” variable HydraFiber ratio control when used with full recipe mix system.
  • Touch screen with bale counter and maintenance reminders.
  • Stainless steel mix chamber.

100

CUBIC YARDS PER HOUR

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Extra Wide HydraFiber Processing Unit*

Best for High-Capacity Blenders and Growers

  • Dual bale in-feed doubles your throughput of exceptionally blended mix.
  • Variable speed direct drive for every roller allows for individual speed control and minimizes maintenance and component wear.

300

CUBIC YARDS PER HOUR

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HydraFiber Expander (HE) Unit*

Best for Growers with One to Two Planting Lines

  • Durable performance in a compact, smaller-footprint unit.
  • Easy to self-install into most existing mix lines.
  • Can be fed directly from your bale shaver or mix line.
  • Blends HydraFiber with a single substrate.

25

CUBIC YARDS PER HOUR

Accessories


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Vacuum Lift Assembly
  • Vacuum-operated lift assists in lifting HydraFiber bales, fertilizer, lime and more.
  • Can usually be mounted to a nearby column.
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Universal Soil Conditioner*

NOTE: Machine photos are for illustrative purposes only. All HydraFiber bales must have plastic removed for processing.

* Patent Pending

  • "After 30-plus years in the greenhouse industry, I’ve made the biggest changes in my substrate mixers with HydraFiber. After lots of trialing and tweaking, we’re at 55% peat, 25% coir, 25% HydraFiber and it’s working very well. We’re really getting a great, great root system that is going through that substrate, all the way down to the bottom of the pot. In all the years that I’ve mixed soil, I’ve never seen the root systems just permeate the soil ball like they are now. Get a good root system and the plant will come." Kevin Koeppler General Manager Sunbelt Greenhouses, Douglas, GA
  • “Switching to HydraFiber has been one of the smartest moves we have made in the past few years. It has provided outstanding plant quality, and has also made us analyze our entire soil mixing line which allowed us to update a couple things that were maybe a little out of calibration.” Bobby Barnitz Vice President Bob's Market and Greenhouses, Inc.
  • "It was pretty easy to get the AgriNomix machine in and fit it into our production barn. Installation went well and was seamless. We’re two seasons in with the machine and we’ve never had to stop our planting lines since we got it." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "There were some adjustments to make on the planting line equipment when we switched to HydraFiber. Profile was very supportive, visiting us a couple different times, to get the settings right on the machinery." Corwin Graves Director of Growing Green Circle Growers, Oberlin, OH
  • "We’ve always had a love-hate relationship with perlite and were ready to lower or take it out completely. Then HydraFiber showed up at just the right time. We did extensive trials three years ago on mums and poinsettias – using the same PGRs, the same fertilizer regimen, and you could tell no difference. We felt very confident in HydraFiber so we decided to go full-force with it the next spring." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "The growers adapted pretty fast to the new HydraFiber media and we didn’t have major issues. Everything we have done is the same as we did with the perlite mix." Matt Blaszczyk Manager of Growing–Plant 1 Green Circle Growers, Oberlin, OH
  • "Using HydraFiber has been a relatively easy thing to do and the savings are worth the glitches that come with change." Bob Van Wingerden Owner Catoctin Mountain Growers
  • "Depending on the filler you’re using with HydraFiber mixes, you have to set the compacter a lot lower than when you’re using perlite, but once you get that all tuned in, you can compact it as hard as you want or you can have as much sink as you want – it all depends on your preference. Now that everything is set in place, I’ve heard nothing but great things from our growers. They like the amount of compaction we’re getting with HydraFiber, they like how the plants are growing, they like how plants hold in the trays rather than bouncing out when they’re going out to the greenhouse like we had issues with our other soil." David McCartney Process Lead - Plant 1 Sunbelt Greenhouses, Douglas, GA
  • "Our company roots are in bark and we have been a promoter of sustainable forestry for many years. Finding a forestry product like HydraFiber to replace non-sustainable raw materials in media was very exciting. It is a technology we are investing in for the long run." Neal McKeown Business Development Manager Gro-Bark
  • "We have not had to make any changes to our fertilization practices or plant growth regulation strategies. The transition to HydraFiber has been seamless." Brent Troost Head of Production Red, White & Bloom (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "I like the root system I get from HydraFiber due to the high porosity in the mix." Marc Verdel Head Grower Battlefield Farms, Inc.
  • "The pH in our HydraFiber propagation mix is very stable. In other medias, I’ve see pH climb two to three weeks out and then you fight to bring it back down. That doesn’t happen with HydraFiber." Paul Hardiman Head Grower Dan Schantz Farms & Greenhouses, Zionsville, PA
  • "Like any big change, if you’re looking to get into HydraFiber, it’s important to do a fair amount of trials. We’re pretty diverse – bedding, succulents, foliage – so we gave a fair shake to each of those crops and feel good about HydraFiber. Profile works with you to get everything correct before you just go and dive in. I think that’s one of the most important things." Corwin Graves Director of Growing Green Circle Growers, Oberlin, OH
  • "Right away with HydraFiber, we had a better wetted surface right after transplanting, whether it be a liner or something from seed. From that, all of my growers saw a faster initial root out, a benefit that I didn't see coming!" Chris Bergen Owner Bergen's Greenhouses, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • "We had looked at switching to coir, but the amount of production area we had to set aside to handle it wasn’t going to work. That’s where HydraFiber is a better choice – you just don’t need half an acre." Paul Hardiman Head Grower Dan Schantz Farms & Greenhouses, Zionsville, PA
  • "We are very pleased with our decision to use HydraFiber 160WB in our growing medium, along with installing the new Processing Unit. We're also trialing the 90WB. As our media program evolves with HydraFiber, it's important to our team to be cognizant of the opportunities available from other grades and blends that might work as well…or even better!" Art VanWingerden Partner AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "We started with HydraFiber 365 in our mixes in January 2018. Looking back, I can say ‘Zero Problems’. Our crops were fantastic, we’ve got just great porosity in the soil, our environment is so much cleaner with the perlite dust and debris gone, pH management has been very easy. The service from Profile’s been great – I can literally order a semi-load of HydraFiber and it’s there the next week." Chris Bergen Owner Bergen's Greenhouses, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • "Landscapers don’t want perlite in their beds. Moving to HydraFiber lets us give them a clean, perlite-free mix." Kevin Koeppler General Manager Sunbelt Greenhouses, Douglas, GA
  • “From what we’ve seen, the pH of poinsettias stays more stable because of the length of the crop. Also the shelf life is better because the HydraFiber retains the moisture and when it’s sitting on the shelf longer at the store, it’s pulling that moisture out of that wood. We’re seeing several more days at retail which is a huge benefit.” Tim Van Der Hengst Head of Production South Central Growers, Inc.
  • "I cannot think of a better partner and working relationship....." Jerry Halamuda Industry Veteran
  • "There’s a huge benefit from HydraFiber with the storage, the handling, the compressed bags…not to mention the freight. We don’t have to keep tons of it stored as we can order it today and it will arrive very soon." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "In the past, our sell-through on moss baskets was poor, mostly due to the fact that they would just dry out at retail. Switching to HydraFiber blend for the Spring 2017 season, we saw an improvement in our sell-through on moss baskets by over 50%, mostly because they looked nicer at retail longer." Patrick Herzing General Manager Michael's Greenhouse, Cheshire, CT
  • "Switching over to HydraFiber has been very nice and given us more time to focus on our mixes. We used to use two people in our soil room in the busy season, with a lot of perlite loading. The smaller HydraFiber bales let us use one person all day long, and he never falls behind loading HydraFiber and peat moss on the line. And HydraFiber keeps the place clean and dust-free. To him, it’s a dream back there!" David McCartney Process Lead - Plant 1 Green Circle Growers, Oberlin, OH
  • "HydraFiber does definitely wet easier than our other mixes…it has helped us get plants wetter right after transplant. We have not changed anything in our fertilization program, which has been an easy transition. Everything we have done so far with HydraFiber, we have not seen any issues with any plant having any adverse conditions at all." Tom Samuelson Head Grower Heartland Growers, Westfield, IN
  • "The transition to HydraFiber was so easy. I have 25 people on my growing staff and each one had no problem moving from a standard perlite mix to the HydraFiber mix. Things like Bonzi drenches…same rates. pH improved. EC was right there, too. Water management is straightforward and simple. No challenges for the growers whatsoever." Paul Hardiman Head Grower Dan Schantz Farms & Greenhouses, Zionsville, PA
  • "On top of the benefits of the plants doing great, the freight and the storage, I honestly think the biggest surprise with HydraFiber was the people. I don't think I've ever had better customer service from any supplier or vendor that I dealt with. It's just top-notch. If you get a chance, get with one of them. They will send you trials and they will be there if you have a question." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "The biggest efficiency is space savings. We're able to bring in 3 to 4 loads of compressed HydraFiber vs. 30 to 40 of perlite." Ron Van Der Hengst South Central Growers, Inc. President of Operations
  • "Using HydraFiber lets us eliminate perlite from our mix…with little change to any of our growing, watering, fertilizing regimes." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "For the end user in a patio pot or basket, we see a lot of benefits from HydraFiber in not having to water as much and growing a bigger, better, healthier plant." Ric Stevens Sales Manager Heartland Growers, Westfield, IN
  • "Along with the HydraFiber cost advantage, we have completely removed the dust from our facility…a huge advantage to our employees working in the soil barn and on the mixing lines." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "We are using the 365WB HydraFiber material in our mix. The moisture content is about 55%, and the mix holds together like a loose snowball to give us the best 'loft' during filling. It rolls through the mixing line well and fill the pots nicely. Handling the new mix is a little different…but it's working!" Chris Bergen Owner Bergen's Greenhouses, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • "The HydraFiber and AgriNomix teams made installing the equipment into our existing lines a fairly seamless transition. We made the switch completely from mixing perlite to mixing HydraFiber, in the middle of our planting season, in about five days. The machinery mixes as good as advertised, if not better. I give an A+ on the equipment side." Nick Gapinski CEO Heartland Growers, Westfield, IN
  • "HydraFiber is by far the most innovative commercially produced soil amending product to hit the industry in a long time." Chuck Zala Director of Global Sourcing Costa Farms
  • "The HydraFiber process is unique, precise and has an endless abundance of material. The QC is high and the team supporting the HydraFiber product line is impressive." Chuck Zala Director of Global Sourcing Costa Farms
  • "The greenhouse is cleaner – we don’t have perlite laying all over the place. HydraFiber is very, very nice." Paul Hardiman Head Grower Dan Schantz Farms & Greenhouses, Zionsville, PA
  • "We have started propagating in HydraFiber blends and are seeing good results. We are very pleased by the consistent, reliable supply HydraFiber brings. The bulk density of the material is also a positive and has made a big difference when it comes to storage!" Jeff Murphy Operations Manager of Production and Maintenance Altman Plants – Giddings, Texas
  • "Spring 2018 has again proven the HydraFiber benefits! Weather many times held up shipping and we had to use a broad strategy to hold product as long as possible. For crops like petunias and impatiens, we relied heavily on water restriction to control plant growth. After drying them down to point of wilt, we were easily able to rehydrate all of the plants grown in our HydraFiber blend." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "Our decision to align with HydraFiber was a significant move but also a natural choice. The Profile team is fully committed to getting growing media right for growers. They are highly professional and very progressive in finding ways of bringing their technology to the market." Neal McKeown Business Development Manager Gro-Bark
  • "We’re pretty diverse, doing bedding, succulents, foliage. We’ve not found anything that doesn’t like HydraFiber mix. Our plants have rooted in very well, and we’re happy with what we see." Corwin Graves Director of Growing Green Circle Growers, Oberlin, OH
  • "When we switched to HydraFiber a few years back, the HydraFiber team helped us get correct water content right from the start so our blends are properly hydrated off the mix line. We routinely grow our vegetables drier than bedding plants, and we also can rely heavily on water restriction to control plant growth in crops like impatiens and petunias. We haven't had any rewetting problems at all." Chad Cagle Head of Production AgTech Scientific (formerly ColorPoint)
  • "We trialed HydraFiber for over a year, in different seasons and tried every crop in it, before we switched over. Get a hold of the HydraFiber guys – they'll mix you a small batch, a big batch, anything you want, run it through its paces, try multiple crops in it. Once we went through the whole process and saw the results, it was an easy decision to switch." Nick Gapinski CEO Heartland Growers, Westfield, IN
  • "We have switched to using the heavier 365WB HydraFiber material in our mix. We really like how clean and dust-free our environment is, much nicer for our people. On the growing side, root-through has been good and I think we are going to like HydraFiber – our Easter Lily crop looked excellent." Chris Bergen Owner Bergen's Greenhouses, Detroit Lakes, MN
  • "Our root quality with HydraFiber is way better than what it was before with perlite, and better roots equal better plants. Even with some of the harder varieties like calibrachoa and poinsettias, HydraFiber shines." Nick Gapinski CEO Heartland Growers, Westfield, IN
  • "We have an AgriNomix Vacuum Lift on the line that makes the HydraFiber bales pretty much weightless. It lifts the bale on its own, all you have to do is control where it’s going, it sets it down and you’re good to go." David McCartney Process Lead - Plant 1 Green Circle Growers, Oberlin, OH
  • "With HydraFiber, we’re really getting a great, great root system that is going through that substrate, all the way down to the bottom of the pot. In all the years that I’ve mixed soil, I’ve never seen the root systems just permeate the soil ball like they are now. Get a good root system and the plant will come." Kevin Koeppler General Manager Sunbelt Greenhouses, Douglas, GA
  • "Perennials are just beginning to get looked at, but from what I’m seeing, the results with HydraFiber are also comparable to the performance observed in other growing mixes." Paul Pilon Owner Perennial Solutions
  • “When we switched to HydraFiber, we shaved 5 hours of labor off every zone each week due to plants needing less water. That’s a 5 to 10% labor savings for us. And on some crops, we have been seeing faster rooting, with white roots all the way to the bottom in 9 days on crops that typically take longer.” Billy Nolan Director of Growing Olson's Greenhouse of Colorado, Fort Lupton, CO
  • "The transition to HydraFiber has been easier than expected. Having the raw materials take up less space was a huge bonus for me since we don't have much storage available for raw materials." Fernando Hernandez Head of Operations Red, White & Bloom (formerly ColorPoint)

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