The cooler weather of the fall season gives growers a chance to take stock of how their spring and summer harvest was, and what steps they can take to improve it when the weather warms up again. Gardeners who choose to start their grow from seeds face a few extra issues, from problems with germination to missing the inadvertently planting the seed too deep. However, there are upsides to growing from seed which can include healthier plants because their care has been consistent from the start, to cost-effectiveness, as seeds are far less costly than a plant from the nursery.
A fantastic way for a grower to help their seeds through germination is with the use of a propagation plug – a plug made up of peat and other organic materials that holds the seed as it germinates. They are generally designed so that they can later be transplanted into a larger space, and also serve well in a hydroponic grow.
Propagation plugs – like the iHort Q Plug - have been specifically created for optimum germination of seeds and rapid rooting of cuttings. The Q Plug provides optimum air/water ratios for proper root developments and growth, provides insulation and natural buffering for more uniform growth, and Is a flexible aerated plug that is designed for faster root development and plant establishment. The biggest dray for growers is that the Q Plug eliminates loss in transplanting. There is no root damage during this critical process as everything gets moved right into the ground!
Since growers plant more than one seed at a time, the best way to make use of the propagation plugs is by using the Q Plug 50 Count Propagation Kit by iHort. The Q Plug 50 Propagation Kit contains 50 40/40 size Q Plugs, a carrier tray, and a 50-Cell Plug Tray all wrapped in one convenient package, ready to provide the ideal growing environment for clones, seedlings, and cuttings in closely populated trays.
This setup is ideal to give your seeds the strongest start possible with the Q Plug, which provides excellent aeration and buffering for root development, with superior water control compared to other propagation plugs. These details are all part of having a solid start for your grow because a strong foundation for your plants is the first step to success, and healthy, robust root systems are an important part of this process.
If you have gardeners in your life this holiday season, the Q Plug 50 Count Propagation Kit makes a great gift to show your support of their chosen occupation!
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It’s that time of year again – the holidays are in full swing, and the New Year is waiting to make a grand entrance. We took a look at what we’ve accomplished in the past year, and are pleased to say it’s been a lot! Besides customer events and staff parties, we brought new products to our already extensive properties – and they’ve all been excellent examples of the quality we proudly carry!
Agriculturalists have been using vegetative propagation throughout history so they could continue cultivating the plants that have favorable traits in their grow – these traits can be hardiness, size, and pest resistance. This is done by taking leaf cuttings from the desired plant and growing it into a new plant, this creates a clone of the original plant because this new plant will have the same genetic makeup. This form of cloning is favored by growers because it bypasses the seedling phase, allowing the plants to mature faster, saving the grower money as it allows for a faster turnover in sellable crops!
From soil to nutrients, it’s always better to have things on hand when the weather warms up to avoid needing to make multiple trips to the nursery. A lot of planning goes into a spring garden, even more so if it’s a commercial crop or a sizable grow. When working with this level, time is important to get everything set up and dialed-in on time, and getting those sprouts started, Stocking up on the essentials now means that much less time in the car, in a line, or waiting for delivery of the basics your garden needs.