Ecke System Speeds Up Propagation Process

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Ecke System Speeds Up Propagation Process

In propagation, growers historically have added inputs like rooting media after receiving their unrooted cuttings, and they’ve stuck their cuttings within 24 hours to lessen the risk of shrink. Four weeks on the bench while applying heat and mist is typically the norm for propagators, as well.

Now, Ecke Ranch is putting growers in a position to speed up the propagation process, developing the Ecke Snap (ES) system that starts with growers receiving pre-stuck callused cuttings in ES media and trays (ES78) directly from Ecke Ranch’s offshore farms.

“This is a whole new way in which to process cuttings,” says Steve Rinehart, chief operating officer at Ecke Ranch. “Now what we’re doing in Ecke Snap 78 is pre-filling a tray out of Guatemala. We put the media and pre-stick the callused cutting prior to leaving Guatemala.”

The ES system eliminates three key phases of the propagation process, putting growers in a position to simply apply two weeks of bench heat and mist before moving directly into the transplanting stage.

“Typically in propagation, the first two weeks are when you’re going to get leaf yellowing,” Rinehart says. “This can be eliminated by bringing in a callused cutting. We’re not propagating in this media offshore. We’re packing it prior to bringing it to the U.S.”

Because cuttings arrive pre-stuck in ES media, growers will require fewer people on hand when their cuttings arrived. Usually, growers rush unrooted cuttings into coolers and stick them within 24 hours. The ES system eliminates that step.

Learn more about Ecke Ranch online at www.ecke.com.

Kevin Yanik is the former managing editor of Greenhouse Grower.
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    4 comments on “Ecke System Speeds Up Propagation Process

    1. Anonymous

      This is a tremendous waste of shipping space. A grower buys a caloused cutting to save money on the shipping. This eliminates all of the saving.
      Not sure who came up with this idea…

    2. Anonymous

      This sytem, like all innovation, will succeed or fail based on the economics for the grower. Media and labor costs are less than $0.05 for a typical unrooted or callused cutting in formed media. Less in loose soil. As long as the freight doesn’t increase by greater than this, the economics may work. Otherwise, callused without media (and the associated lower freight cost) will likely prevail in the market.

    3. Anonymous

      This is a tremendous waste of shipping space. A grower buys a caloused cutting to save money on the shipping. This eliminates all of the saving.
      Not sure who came up with this idea…

    4. Anonymous

      This sytem, like all innovation, will succeed or fail based on the economics for the grower. Media and labor costs are less than $0.05 for a typical unrooted or callused cutting in formed media. Less in loose soil. As long as the freight doesn’t increase by greater than this, the economics may work. Otherwise, callused without media (and the associated lower freight cost) will likely prevail in the market.