A newly developed pot for soft fruit cultivation makes it possible to keep the plant in one substrate holder during the entire lifespan. That makes repotting no longer necessary, according Raymond van Mierlo, account manager at Bato.
But there are even more advantages for the pot, which will be used primarily in soft fruit cultivation, Raymond continues. "The handles on each side of the substrate holder are intended to simplify the working process. This makes it possible to move the pot easily after filling, but also during filling."
Raymond: “We always look for opportunities to simplify all processes during and around the cultivation with our products. For example, the new pot has openings for the irrigation hose. This means that you no longer have to use extra mounting material. The openings can be used in two positions: for the young plant and closer towards the edge for the more mature plant.”
Better fruit quality
In addition to being easy to use, the new pot also contributes to healthier plants and a better fruit quality. "The high-quality 35-liter recycled plastic pot ensures a long lifespan. This is useful, for example, in the cultivation of blueberries, where a plant can last up to eight years. The raised bottom in combination with the legs ensures a good distance between the underside of the pot and the growing floor. This means that splashing water does not reach the roots so easily and this reduces the risk of diseases. A specially developed spacer even makes it possible to increase the distance by an additional 35 millimeters."
Finally, optimum drainage and increased nestability have been taken into consideration. “Optimal drainage is achieved through specially developed drainage holes in grid form. This means that no water will remain in the pot. The pot also has 32 round holes in the bottom for aeration of the roots. An extra leg in the middle under the pot ensures that the bottom of the pot does not sag and remains optimal after many years of use," Raymond explains.