Producing Healthy Transplants in a Float System

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Profitability remains a concern to many growers as a result of rapidly increasing production costs. The first step in minimizing heating-fuel costs is to avoid seeding too early. Most growers have learned that it only takes 60 days to produce a transplant, and that seeding before the second week in February increases fuel usage and the cost of transplant production.  Nearly all of the costs in transplant production are on a whole-greenhouse basis. Thus, the best way to decrease the cost on a per-transplant basis is to increase usability. Therefore, management practices that improve stands and promote uniform growth decrease production costs. Nearly all management practices affect usability, but these are some of the most important:
Loren R. Fisher
Matthew C. Vann
NC Coorporative Extension