What are large plastic plant trays? Many consumers think that plastic plant hangers are manufactured by injection molding, which is not true. In fact, most plastic molded products can be realized through plastic molding technologies. For instance, basket hangers, flowering baskets, flowering planters, hanging baskets, pots, air-tight flower pots, round plastic pots, water containers, large plastic plant trays… Most manufacturers use this technology to make these products. In fact the majority of plastic molded plants and container gardening tools are sold in this industry.
What are the advantages of using large plastic plant trays? Large plastic plant hangers have a number of advantages over traditional wire or mesh choices. They are sturdy and durable. Most large plastic plant trays come with an aluminum or steel frame that is coated with a weather resistant polyethylene coating. This coating will resist mildew and insects.
Can larger plastic planter trays withstand the weight of heavy planters? Yes, large plastic plant trays are often used to support large plastic pots and planters. This type of support will make it much easier for consumers to plant and care for their garden. Some planters can weigh several pounds. When a plant is supported by a large plastic plant tray, it will be much easier to pack and transport the plant to the area of the garden where it will be planted.
How are larger plastic plant tray systems more effective at supporting larger sized seeds and planters? The weight of the plant tray will reduce the amount of strain and stress that is placed on the seeds during transportation. When the soil is dry and hard, seeds may not germinate properly. If the seeds are not properly stored and allowed to dry out in the field, they may not survive the journey from the seedling house to the garden plot. When the soil is more humid, heavier seeds will not survive the journey as well.
Will using a plastic seed tray have disadvantages? Some people may find that a plastic mat has a few disadvantages: first, it does not provide any insulation for seedlings, which can save energy; second, the adjustable vents on plastic planters can make it difficult to transplant seedlings without making a hole in the bottom of the tray; third, seed trays without vents are a little noisy when being transported. For these reasons, most growers will use a metal mat, especially for larger scale gardening.
One concern that some people have about plastic planter boxes is that it lacks excellent drainage properties. Most plastic plant trays will contain a mesh bottom or some type of drainage that will prevent the plant roots from soaking up all of the water. But, the soil in the planter box needs to be moist to allow the roots to form a root system over the rim of the planter. This means that the bottom of the box might be too heavy and overstuffed for many seedlings to fit comfortably. But, if the planter is well made and has good drainage, this problem will not be a factor.
Growing with heavy-duty, fully functioning grow trays is an excellent way to get the best results from your seedlings. They also provide many of the same benefits that seedling beds offer, such as: great germination potential, excellent drainage, a place for the root system to form and protection from the elements. While most commercial grow trays will contain only 12 cells, some models are available with expanded sizes, such as 24 cells, and some are equipped with temperature control and ventilation systems.
While there are differences in the overall quality of the planter and the amount of growing cells, almost all quality plastic containers can provide healthy, thriving plants. When you choose a planter or are looking at purchasing a kit, consider whether you will be able to assemble it yourself, and if so, how easy it will be to assemble. Some of the biggest problems with growing cells are getting them to stick together, keeping them airtight and waterproof and staying properly hydrated. The best quality plastic container kits contain everything you need to get started and are easy to assemble.