Benefits of Using Rice Hulls (PBH)
Parboiled rice hulls (also called PBH or rice hulls) are a readily renewable resource. It is a sustainable growing medium that recycles waste material, requires no land disruption to produce, reduces the amount of dust in the greenhouse environment, and it decomposes over time to improve soil structure.
Reduces Water Usage
Plants require water to grow but we need to conserve this natural resource as much as possible. Using rice hulls in the garden enables the plants to grow with less water. Using less water is good for the environment and it also benefits the plants.
Growing plants in a drier environment reduce diseases like root rot, reduces fungus and gnat issues, reduces the amount of nutrients that leach out of the soil, and saves time and money on irrigation methods.
The bulking properties of PBHs produce air-filled pore space in the soil to increase water-holding capacity and promote good drainage.
Parboiled rice hulls are very lightweight and are extremely compressed for packaging. This means less packaging material waste and reduced storage requirements, handling, and freight. The benefits of reduced packaging help reduce production costs and the cost savings are passed onto the consumer.
Reduced packaging also means more packages of PBHs can be transported at the same time and reduce the number of trips required. Less fossil fuel is needed and so less pollution is generated with the use of PBHs.
Right Size and Color
Parboiled rice hulls are the right size to be easily used in the home garden or commercial farm. The size of the product makes it easy for anyone to use in any size growing environment.
The rice hulls are properly sized, cleaned, and undergo a parboiling process to produce a sterile product for garden use.
One last benefit of parboiled rice hulls is their natural color that blends perfectly with soil and other growing mediums.