Why plugs are used for propagation

by Christina Molcillo August 05, 2019

Why plugs are used for propagation

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 Plug with Plant showing roots

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.

Q Plugs

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 in propagation tray

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.

Q Plug refill package

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!

 




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