Integrated propagation solution allows early and maximum yields
To achieve early and maximum yield, commercial growers need to know they can count on a consistent supply of powerful plants ready to produce.
One part of Zealandia Horticulture’s answer is integrated North and South Island propagation facilities that provide a nationwide seed-to-plantto-gate supply chain solution.
The second part of the response is the Power Propagation™ system, developed by the Zealandia commercial crop team, to ensure that at every single step of its development, a plant is grown or steered for control and performance.
Performance varies between crops. In the case of fruiting crops, for example, it is all about highly generative plants that display uniformity across root development, laterals and shoots, as well as reduced leaf area and powerful stems with short internodes for stronger, more compact plants.
More compact, generative plants can produce two trusses in the first 60cm. What’s more, they are easier for growers to handle (important when positioning on slabs in readiness for production), and cost less to transport.
▴ 2. Assimilated light management in proximity to heat keeps plants active. That, and vertical airflow for humidity control, are all part of maximum flexibility for Power PropagationTM. 2
4 ▴ 1. Rob Plimmer, Head Grower at Zealandia Horticulture’s Clevedon site, says, “These plants speak for themselves and are grown in the 75mm high blocks NG2.0 technology from Grodan with the new wetting agent for better hydration.”
▴ 4. Zealandia’s nationwide fleet of temperature controlled trucks ensures plants are delivered in top condition, ready to grow.
▴ 3. New Grodan Grosens equipment provides constant wireless monitoring of essential electrical conductivity (EC), water content and temperature data that provide even more steering options through micro watering management and plant specific nutrition plans. These are key Power PropagationTM techniques to achieve generative plants.