Propagation

Transplant trays (plug flats)

 

IMG_3285We use and recommend 40 plug and 200 plug flats, available through Waratah Wholesale, South hobart (Tasmania)  and Garden City Plastics, Victoria, Australia. They cost around $5 each in small bulk quantities and last about ten years.

The 40 cell flats (35 x 95mm) are the perfect size for 4-6 week IMG_3287transplants of salad and brassica (kales, asian greens, broccoli, cauli, etc) seedlings used in intensive microfaming. A large tapered hole is n the base aiding greatly to removal with minimal root stress.

The 200 cell flats are perfect for onion sets and other Aliums as they are easier to lift out rather than push out.

 

Dramm watering wands

We use and recommend Dramm wands and roses for watering flat trays for good IMG_0750germination and root development of transplants, they have a great even flow, guaranteeing  moderated, regularity in the flat tray cells.

They are not suitable with lower pressure systems. suburban pressure will suffice.

 

Dram wands and rosettes are a horticulture industry standard for gently maintaining moisture levels to transplant stock. Available  through Horticultural and Landscape Supplies (HALS), Tas. Waratah Wholesale Tas.

Heat beds

We sourced our heat bed from Adlo propagating beds based in Monbulk, Victoria.

They IMG_0753are a great company to deal with, their product is locally made and their technical support is solid.

Our electric heat bed, (yes we use 1 x  4.8m x 1.2m) cost about $1200 and is thermostatically controlled (our other heat beds are solar passive), We use it to keep base temperature above 16C for late winter germination and development of our indeterminate hot house tomatoes, started in larger 150mm pots for less root shock, before planting into the ground (not hydroponic) as we are carbon/soil focused.

Note of operational caution: The thermostat is controlled by a wire probe that sits either in or under a pot, the heat pad will heat up until the wire registers that temperature,Therefore be careful where you place it otherwise you will use a lot of power unnecessarily and could cook the roots. Answer Place the wire in the soil of a pot at the required root zone level and don’t place it in a pot near the edge of the heat bed.

It is also perfect for propagating many cuttings, such as rare native plants or small fruits on mass

Vibrating seeder

For accurate and efficient seeding of plug trays and flats.IMG_3292

Available from Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Automated misting system

‘Electronic Leaf’.

IMG_0534HALS Tasmania

Bulk seed raising mix

(Tasmania) HALS Seagreens seed raising (potting) mix is a certified organic input. HALS Tasmania . There are many other suppliers of bulk amounts Australia wide.

 

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