Proptek has announced the release of its new and updated 162 cell injection-molded propagation tray for a wide range of crops including tomatoes, melons and peppers, according to a press release.
This new 162 tray (162S67V) replaces the incredibly popular 162S67F tray and features a new octagonal cell for easy-pull seedlings and makes the best use of the space possible, according to the release. The tray also features double root training ribs in the cells to prevent root circling and create plants with exceptional roots.
“Proptek have been researching, developing and manufacturing propagation trays for 30 years now,” sales director Paul Greenley said. “With every new tray our customers are delighted by the quality of plants created — but our innovation never stops. We constantly look to find ways to help our customers get the best results possible.”
Because the trays are made from injection-molded plastic, they are tough and have an incredibly long life when compared to a Styrofoam of thin thermoformed (vacuum formed) tray, according to the release.
“Great roots are really important to us and growers,” Paul said. “But also providing a cost-effective solution is vital too.”
With some care, Proptek expects up to 10 years working life for its trays — but there are many thousands of trays over 25 years old still producing quality plants. Also because of this tough design, the company can make the walls of the cell much thinner, according to the release. This tray has 26 percent more cells than a 128 Styrofoam tray, but the center-to-center space is only reduced by about 8 percent. Longer life and more plants means a much higher return for growers.