Wouter David, the grower at Dataflor, explains that there is an increasing demand for organic products in the retail sector. Therefore, he wanted to add a new line to the many different strawberry and chrysanthemum products he offers. This new line should ideally be able to pass certification as an organic product. As the rules in Belgium are quite strict, he worked with Jiffy to get the right input materials in order to achieve this. With organic seedlings, Jiffy substrates, and the Jiffy Pots, he was able to offer something great for conscious consumers and retailers. To complete the package, Wouter added paper-based labels and trays.
Why Jiffy Pots?
After various tests and trials, Wouter concluded that Jiffy Pots were his favorite pick both in terms of quality and in pricing. One point of attention was the presentation of the final product. The time between potting the seedlings, to the pot being sold in the garden center, is quite significant. With the Jiffy team, the right formula was selected.
Using Jiffy Pots in an automated process
Plastic pots have long been the standard solution for many growers. But this is changing. However, this change brings certain challenges. For example, handling machines that are built for plastic pots. After some alterations on both the machine and the pot shape, they found a setting that worked. Now, Wouter is using Jiffy Pots in an automated process by inserting pots in bulk to the machine, where the pots are automatically filled with Jiffy substrate from a big bale. This significantly speeds up his process and saves on labor costs. In the video, you will see the potting process in more detail.