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.

NZ Grower - - Election 2017 -

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.

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▴ 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.

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