For commercial growers, plant propagation plays a vital role in profitability. For seed propagation, using a plug to start the rooting process is crucial. A propagation plug is a stabilized rooting medium that provides a clean environment to start the roots in, more control over the air/water ratio, and the ability to safely transplant the seedling when the roots have successfully formed. Most plugs are ideal for seed propagation, as they have a hole in the center to drop the seed into, and this then provides a way for the plant to begin to grow upwards as the roots get established. Because plugs are made of natural materials – such as peat, pine pulp, and other matter – they can simply be moved with the plant, eliminating the need to disturb the roots during transplant. Roots are undoubtedly the most important part of a plant, so being able to plant the plug is one of the main reasons seeds that have been propagated using plugs have such a high rate of success.
Q plugs® by iHort are specifically designed to germinate seedlings or root cuttings, and they provide more air porosity for better root development. and give the grower more water control so they can easily track the plant’s progression from seedling to transplant. Q plugs® are made with stabilized growing media, and are fully biodegradable – they’ll become part of your garden as your plant grows.
iHort knows that each grower has their own requirements depending on what they’re growing, and so the Q plugs® are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. The stabilized rooting media that these plugs are made with provides optimum air/water ratios for root development and is designed to eliminate loss in transplanting.
Q Plugs® are good for hydroponic grows as well, and are key for maintaining a clean growing environment. They eliminate the mess of loose soil, and the trays used to start the seeds – or cuttings –are reusable. The Q Plug 50 Count Propagation Kit is an excellent choice for a grower new to propagation, and Left Coast Wholesale also sells Q Plug refill bags so there’s no need to buy new trays for each cycle.
The best reason to use plugs for propagation is how simple they are to use, especially for the novice. As the company describes it “…just insert cutting or seeds into your plugs and watch them grow.”
Have a hydroponic or garden supply store? Left Coast Wholesale has you covered with wholesale pricing available on the Q Plug 50 Count Propagation Kit. If you’re looking for Q Plugs near you, call 800.681.1757 today to find a local Q Plug retailer!
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.