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FlexiTrays: A Ready-to-Use Propagation System

FlexiTray
Grow-Tech’s FlexiTrays are a ready-to-use propagation system that will increase the efficiency of your greenhouse by allowing for earlier transplanting, better crop timing and full automation. Both hydroponic and traditional greenhouse growers use FlexiTrays for rooting cuttings and seed germination. Our growing media is pH balanced and can be formulated to include micronutrients and beneficial biologicals. FlexiTrays are designed to put you in control.

We know that members of the greenhouse industry are always looking for ways to increase efficiency in their production systems. The practice of lean manufacturing has been a feature of many articles in trade magazines.  Jennifer Zurko in Grower Talks describes lean manufacturing as putting the focus on “…maximizing quality while eliminating wasteful practices, thus saving on time and money.” FlexiTrays are designed to do just this. They consist of stabilized plugs made of peat, other organics and a foam binder. They provide consistent moisture control and high aeration which reduce rooting times. Whether you are growing from seeds or cuttings, this means a faster crop turnaround for you, and because the plugs come pre-moistened and dibbled, standard growing media preparation time is eliminated.

Grow-Tech FlexiTrays @ Geronimo-Farms

Cuttings at Geronimo Farms

One of Grow-Tech’s long-time FlexiTray users is Pat O’Bryant at Geronimo Farms in Del Ray Beach, Florida. Geronimo Farms is “one of the leading growers of high quality bougainvillea”.  For over 5 years, they have used 72 cell  trays. What he appreciates most about FlexiTrays, says O’Bryant, is that “All I’ve got to do is put it on the bench.” He sees much better results in terms of rooting time and plant health than he did with other growing media. Growers can rely on FlexiTrays to produce high quality plants, increase mechanization options and provide them with maximum control over the growing process.

Automated Growing

Bouganvillea@ Geronimo Farms

Source: Geronimo Farms

If you have invested in sophisticated machinery to fully automate your greenhouse production, you need a propagation tray that allows for mechanization. The plugs in our tray are stabilized which means they can be transplanted according to your schedule. You don’t have to wait until the roots have created a stable enough root ball.

Even if your greenhouse operation is not automated, FlexiTrays can save you time and money. Every lost cutting is money down the drain. Mr. O’Bryant became a fan of FlexiTrays when he was a grower of New Guinea impatiens. In his experience, “when you stick 100 impatiens cuttings [in a FlexiTray], you get 100 impatiens. Grow-Tech plugs are, hands down, the best!”

Custom Options

Grow-Tech maintains several industry standard trays within our inventory. The production process we use can fill most North American and European configurations. Grow-Tech can also work with you to develop a custom formula to meet the needs of specialty crops. Trays can be dibbled to foster the optimum environment for seed germination or to allow for maximum stem to soil contact for un-rooted cuttings.

FlexiTrays at a Glance

Benefits for Plants

  • Improved aeration
  • pH balanced
  • Higher water holding capacity and even dry down

Benefits for Growers

  • Greater control over production processes
  • Earlier & easier transplanting
  • Greater initial densities
  • Automation
  • Custom capabilities
  • Less mess on the bench
  • Uniformity in the greenhouse
  • Formulas available with micronutrients and beneficial biological additives