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Mrs. Bhagyashree Patil, founder Rise n’ Shine - Pune, India
As well as the reduced time required in nursery conditions, there are big labour savings. Customers have been more than pleased with these Ellepot-grown plants, and have come back with repeat orders. Their labour needs for planting are reduced, and they are even saved the chore, necessary in the past, of gathering up and
disposing of the used pots after planting itself has been completed.
Rise n’ Shine Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd., India’s largest biotechnology company carries out propagation work for the world’s leading companies in commercial floriculture. In addition, they produce about ten million banana plants a year from tissue culture.
“We seek to become the world’s number one biotechnology company,”
says founder Mrs. Bhagyashree Patil.
For growers in India, the need is for well-developed plants that are fully acclimatized in preparation for their final planting. Originally, the company started the acclimatization process by transferring explants into 104-cell trays. After four to six weeks the young plants were then moved to flexible polythene pots, where they remained for a further and longer period before dispatch to customers.
More recently, the company conducted trials using 40mm Ellepots for a single phase acclimatization process. This has now been adopted as standard procedure. The acclimatization period has been reduced by up to four weeks. Root growth is now uninterrupted and undisturbed, and at planting time there is no pot to remove. Roots are able to grow straight through the Ellepot paper into the soil in which they are planted.
On the nursery there is no intermediate move from cell trays to pots.Plants are slightly smaller when they are dispatched to customers, and the root systems at that stage are in a compact, stable module. For these reasons, plants can be closely packed into stackable plastic trays for loading onto the delivery vehicles. Now over 50,000 plants can be safely loaded on a single truck that could carry 12,000 plants at most in the previously used plastic pots.