Blackmore Company is announcing the official launch of their Air Tray line of patented root air pruning trays. The cornerstone of this technology is a tray design that maximizes air flow around the root zone, optimizing root air pruning, and closely simulating natural root development in container production.
“This innovation will change how many segments of our industry, particularly nurseries, can grow, transplant and profit from their
crops,” says Lars Jensen, National Sales Manager for Blackmore Company. “Customers who trialed Air Trays repeatedly found better root branching leads to healthier plants that transplant faster and
have improved long term success.”
Blackmore developed Air Trays in response to an industry challenge. Many agriculture and nursery producers were incurring high costs from plant losses and subsequent replacements that were caused by unsatisfactory root development during production. “Research remonstrates the importance of air root pruning for long term crop success after transplant,” says Dr. Bill Argo, Technical Manager at Blackmore Company, “more specifically data show that traditional, straight walled trays and pots minimize air flow, decreasing the opportunity for air root-pruning and increasing the risk of plant loss due to root girdling.”
“The Air Tray patented design optimizes air flow by creating the maximum amount of space between the tray and the roots,” says Lead Engineer, Stefan Johansson. “It is coupled with a breakthrough in thermoform engineering that enables us to manufacture Air Tray features in much larger container sizes (up to 1 gallon capacity or 120mm diameter to date).” Additionally, for growers looking for an extended use option, Blackmore has partnered with Proptek, the global pioneer in long-life tray and container manufacturing, to produce an injection molded line of Air Trays.
The Air Tray line by Blackmore Company is an American design, produced in the United States. It extends the benefits of air root pruning from propagation to finished stages, adding an additional benefit of less plastic in production. Customers can find Air Trays customized specifically for, but not limited to, forestry, fruit and nut trees, nursery, shrub, hemp, and cannabis applications.