In cooperation with Van Tuijl and LKP Plants, Modiform introduces an innovative protection for plant roots: Root Barrier. By applying a protective layer to the tray root sticking is reduced. As a result automated transplanting of more mature and stronger plants is possible with less damage and rejects. Matthijs Plas, Sales Manager Propagation Modiform; ‘With Root Barrier increased flexibility and efficiency is created in the production process. As plants can stay in the trays longer, growers can transplant when it suits them.’
This technique has already proven itself in other markets. Hans Koolhaas, Director Technology LKP Plants: ‘After eight years of testing we are proud to have found a solution that drastically reduces root sticking and can now apply this technology in our industry.’ Because the material applied is inert there is no effect on water quality and thus the growth of the plants; the root quality is preserved. Besides this Root Barrier also leaves no residue in the drain water. The protective layer can be applied to all types of Modiform trays. The reduced rejection of plants also results in less labour hours and costs. Hans Koolhaas: ‘We advise growers to trial Root Barrier and compare the results to their current trays.’
A Modiform tray with Root Barrier is fully recyclable. As a result of less rejection of plants the environmental impact is also reduced. Root Barrier has been developed in cooperation with LKP Plants and Van Tuijl and available at Modiform and its dealers. The first trays with Root Barrier can be found on the HortiContact (Gorinchem, Netherlands) at the stand of Van Tuijl (B102).
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