In practice, mother plant planters can’t be filled entirely. This is what Jerry Arkesteijn noticed and heard in the market. So, together with his colleagues at Beekenkamp Packaging, they developed a new model. The result is a planter for mother plants with a height of 150 mm. Jerry: “This is 20 mm lower than the average planters. An advantage of this is that due to the smaller capacity, the cultivation is easier to control. It also allows you to save on substrate, fertilizer, and labor. When the planter gets steamed (disinfected) after the cultivation, the planter will sooner reach the required temperature allowing costs to be saved on that as well.”
The width of the new Beekenkamp planters' sides is at least comparable or thicker than the excising planters. This was chosen to offer the expected long life expectancy of the product. The robust folded edge is lowered slightly, allowing more planters to fit on a pallet and thus in a container resulting in transportation costs per planter to decrease.
Jerry: ”The bottom of the planter has been adjusted so that the planter can be fixed in place on the drain gutter both in length and width. Allowing 100% of the drain water to be caught.”
Changes have also been made to the bottom and drain opening. Granting an equal drain on all sides. Jerry: “This equal draining results in a more uniform root climate in the planter.”
The new mother plant planters are produced using sustainable PP. By using PP materials, the planters are extremely size-holding and can, therefore, be cleaned using high temperatures. In June, the first planters will be produced. Jerry smiles and says: “Everything is prepared for the production to start.”