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About FERTISS Plugs
Ready to use Propagation Plugs
FERTISS are ready to use plugs dedicated to the propagation of
young plants raised from cuttings, seed or for weaning micropropagated
material. FERTISS is the number one choice of growers in many countries,
from individual growers to large specialist propagators rooting millions
of plugs each season.
FERTISS has earned its reputation as a top quality product because
its excellent performance in optimising rooting speed and strike
FERTISS is available in an unrivalled range of plug sizes and tray
configurations. The trays and plugs are designed to complement each
other, with excellent air circulation in the trays.
FERTISS is made of fine blond sphagnum peat, Perlite and Vermiculite,
a natural compost which adapts well when potting-on. It is a clean,
natural, 'live' product where the natural structure of the medium
has not been damaged or sterilised. It retains a natural, healthy
balance of soil organisms, making the compost less vulnerable to
colonisation by harmful pathogens. The FERTISS mix is wrapped in
a non-woven mesh that is quickly and easily penetrated by roots.
As soon as the roots appear plants can be handled, graded and potted.
A fresh, ready to use
FERTISS plugs are manufactured to order for optimum freshness
on the nursery. They can be used without initial watering,
although for very soft material it is best to lightly moisten
the surface first.
Cuttings are easy to
FERTISS plugs are manufactured products, ensuring even mix.
and consistency. which greatly assists sticking. Delivered
as a fresh product, FERTISS plugs are ready for immediate use
after an initial light watering.
The even consistency of FERTISS makes sticking easy and gives
good support for the cutting in the plug. There is usually
no need for a pre-made dibble hole which can create an air
gap at the base of the cutting which may slow callus formation
and delay rooting.
The cutting on the left was stuck in a sand bed, the FERTISS
4 cm x 6 cm was stuck at the same time. This photo is 5 weeks
since sticking. Obviously the FERTISS plug is putting on roots
at a faster pace.
The ideal balance between air filled porosity, water retention
and close contact between the compost and the cutting ensure
rapid rooting. Roots of young plants will easily penetrate
the fabric wrapping and enter an airspace between the fabric
and the tray wall. Roots are naturally air-pruned, resulting
in a faster and better take, increased lateral branching, and
improved transplanting performance.
The young plants are easily transported as soon as roots appear
through the webbing. The speed of rooting allows more batches
to be propagated in the same area reducing unit costs considerably,
making optimum use of heated beds, skilled staff and water.
Unrivalled rooting percentages
For most plants rooting can be close to 100% and very even
across each batch.
The advantages of air
The tray design allows air to move easily around the plugs.
Once roots have penetrated the webbing into the air gap their
growth stops, secondary roots and root initials develop in
the plug. The air pruning process reduces root spiraling in
the plugs and speeds establishment after potting.
Quick and easy potting
The shape and consistency of FERTISS plugs help make potting
easy. Some FERTISS plug trays have been designed specifically
for use in mechanical transplanting systems.
The dense rooting system encouraged by FERTISS, especially
through the sides of the plugs, gives greater stability to
the cutting and developing young plant.
Compared to non-organic rooting media, the natural composition
of FERTISS (made without glue or synthetic additives) will
help avoid transplanting shock and speed adaptation to a new
Suggested Uses of FERTISS
Since its launch during the mid 1980's, the range of uses
for FERTISS has dramatically increased. At the same time the
choice of tray and plug size has expanded to meet customer
requirements and market demands in many countries. Originally
FERTISS was made for Pelargonium propagators. Nowadays FERTISS
is used for many diverse crops including tender perennials,
hardy nursery stock, herbaceous perennials, and is well suited
to weaning micropropagated plants, hops, pharmaceutical crops
and many more.
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