The Ellepot system accelerate time to market, increase service quality and reliability and cut operating costs.
Hishtil, one of the leading suppliers of propagation material from Israel to Europe, highlights as the really outstanding features of the Ellepot system the quality of the plants produced and the very favourable experience of their customers.
Hishtil is Israel’s largest nursery corporation and their mission is to provide horticultural solutions, utilizing innovative and economic technologies based on cutting edge knowledge.
Hishtil ‘s young plants of all kinds are grown as plugs in loose-filled cell trays, and originally grafted tomatoes and cucurbits were produced in the same way. This was not entirely satisfactory, though, because most of the grafted plants were intended for planting directly into their final growing positions.
The Ellepot system appeared to be a very strong candidate for Hishtil and their customers. In Ellepots, the roots of each plant develop in a growing medium of consistent, ideal density, enclosed within a tube of degradable paper.
An Ellepot Multiflex setup, customised like all Ellepot machines, was purchased, with dibbler, driller and water unit. The driller is a vital item for the successful automatic transplanting of the grafted plants, with their double root system.
Results have been in line with the top end of expectations, and have included as a valuable bonus extra speed in growth on the nursery. The Ellepot paper grade used has been specially developed for propagation use. It is stable in the high humidity conditions of the greenhouse, but when planted out decomposes rapidly, allowing easy root penetration. Hishtil highlights as the really outstanding features of the Ellepot system the quality of the plants produced and the very favourable experience of their customers. He adds that Hishtil staff have found the customer service from Ellepot, the manufacturing company in Denmark outstanding. “Remarkably responsive” are two of his words of praise.