Dümmen Orange has introduced a new technology that utilizes an off-shore propagation process to deliver high-quality, bare-root cuttings directly to the grower.
Basewell bare-root cuttings feature advanced root development and no growing media. This allows Basewell product to ship to growers from off-shore production locations, ready to transplant directly into the finish container.
“We are excited to bring this innovation to the market,” says Perry Wismans, Global Head of Floriculture Innovation at Dümmen Orange. “Dümmen Orange is setting the new industry standard for propagation, giving customers around the globe access to an improved supply chain.”
Basewell technology is designed to deliver multiple benefits for the grower, including:
• Simplified processes: The bare-root cutting form allows growers to order rooted product directly from the production farm, decreasing order lead time and maximizing flexibility in program planning.
• Space optimization: The grower receives a product that is ready to transplant directly into the finished container. Consequently, more production turns can be completed, and expensive propagation space can be converted into profit-generating finished production space.
• Labor savings: Basewell is available in two configurations, including full strips and individual cells that are compatible with automated sticking methods. The individual cells are also suitable for non-automated production, where workers can quickly transplant the product by hand into the finished container.
Basewell technology has been trialed on various annual and perennial crops across North America to evaluate performance against unrooted and rooted cuttings. According to Dümmen Orange, results show that Basewell bare-root cuttings finish in equal or less time than an equivalent rooted cutting.
“Our first impressions of the performance of Basewell have been very good,” sys LJ Contillo, Vice President at Costa Farms in North Carolina. “We tested Basewell on our SunStanding Quick Turn cuttings, and we are now set to begin testing many more varieties.”
Available to ship for the 2019 season, growers in North America will have access to a wide range of crops. The technology will be expanded to more products and available in other regions in the coming years.
Basewell technology makes its debut to the North American market at the 2018 California Spring Trials. Watch for more insights from Dümmen Orange during Greenhouse Grower’s coverage of the California Spring Trials.