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How do you clean the cultivation gutters? | Roadmap

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Written by Dirk Timmers | Last update: 10-09-2020

During cultivation, fertilizers, crop protection agents and organic pollution adhere to the cultivation gutters. Bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens can accumulate here. The crop rotation is therefore an important moment to clean the cultivation gutters, so that you can start the new crop clean and the pathogens do not end up in the new crop. After all, proper cleaning is the basis for effective disinfection. In this article we tell you how to clean the cultivation gutters in a responsible manner.

Step-by-step plan for cleaning cultivation gutters

We recommend that you adhere to the following step-by-step plan - which has been drawn up by our specialists - when you clean the cultivation gutters during the crop rotation:

Step 1 - Remove debris

First make sure that all coarse dirt that can be removed mechanically, such as plant residues, is removed. Pay enough attention to this before moving on to the next step.

Step 2 - Apply cleaner

After the cultivation gutters have been mechanically cleaned, they can be sprayed with a cleaning agent. It is very important here that the necessary exposure time of the agent is observed. The cleaner ensures that organic pollution, such as plant juices and mineral pollution, is loosened. Application of a foaming cleaner is preferred because of its adhesion to the surface of the gutter. Cleaning agents that can be used are:
  • Hortisept clean - this is an alkaline cleaning agent that is applied in a concentration of 1 - 3%.
  • Hortisept clean plus - this is the foaming variant of Hortisept. Due to the foam formation you can visually check where the product has been applied. Application time and concentrations are the same as the non-foaming variant.
  • Floorclean - this is a powerful ecological cleaner for cleaning all water-resistant hard surfaces. This agent is an environmentally friendly alternative. Use a 10% solution.

Step 3 - Rinse

When the application time of the agent has expired, it is time to spray the cultivation gutters. You will see that the cultivation gutters are clean again. Spray the Hortisept Clean (PLUS) after approx. 5 minutes with high pressure (hot water) and the Floorclean after approx. 15 minutes.

Cleaning supplies

Consider using gutter film

Cleaning the cultivation gutters is an important, but time-consuming job during the crop rotation. Would you not like to clean the gutters thoroughly every year? Consider using gutter film during cultivation. Gutter foil ensures that the cleaning of cultivation gutters is in principle no longer necessary. Besides keeping the gutter clean, it also ensures that fungi, bacteria and viruses can develop less quickly. It also prevents unwanted root growth, so that the pressure of infections on the roots is lower. Finally, the gutter has a longer lifespan, because the coating is not affected by fertilizers and aggressive cleaning agents that are used during the crop rotation.


More information about cleaning cultivation gutters

Do you have questions about cleaning cultivation gutters, the cleaning agents, the use of gutter foil or do you want tailor-made advice? Please contact our specialist Dirk Timmers, or ask your question using the form below. We will contact you as soon as possible - even within 24 hours on working days.

Specialist HortiHygienz Dirk TimmersAbout Dirk Timmers

Dirk Timmers is product specialist HortiHygienz at Royal Brinkman. Due to the increasing demand for hygiene measures in horticulture, not a day has the same outcome. 'The great thing about my job is the diversity. One day you're in the greenhouse, the next day you're in the office together to develop a solution for the customer.'

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