Propagation at Bordine’s Farm takes place during winter months when natural light levels are at their lowest. Because the farm propagates the majority of their own annuals and perennials, Bordine’s is always striving to improve transplant rates and reduce rooting time.
Dave Redoutey, Propagation Grower, pursued testing propagating Bordine’s most popular annual bedding plants and perennials including begonia, petunia, geranium, and vinca under Philips GreenPower LED toplighting. He compared test results against historical data of propagating the same plants under high pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures and natural sunlight.
Among the results of the four-week LED toplighting trial reported by Redoutey were more compact growth, faster root development, and sturdier leaves.