What are the benefits?
- Made from 100% natural ingredients, no added chemicals
- Contain all minerals and fertilizers necessary for germination (99% germination rate)
- Do not use additional fertilizer
- Protected against insects, birds and other animals thanks to clay flooring
- Wind and rain resistant
- Promote more efficient cultivation
- Contribute to higher crop yield
What is it?
Pelleting is the process of increasing the weight, size and shape of seeds by adding inert materials, turning them into seed pellets. This improves plantability allowing for precise metering, spacing and depth of seed in the field.
Pellets contain approximately 25-35% seed content. The rest is composed of a protective layer made of clay. No chemicals are used in their composition.
With this technology there is no need for soil preparation, thus eliminating the use of agricultural tools.
If you’re planting a crop that grows from small or irregularly shaped seeds, such as lettuce, carrots and onions, pelleting can help make planting significantly easier on you and your equipment. Pelleting turns a long thin seed into a larger, round-shaped seed, so seeds can be mechanically singulated much more readily and so placed accurately in the field. This helps place seeds precisely, which is a great advantage for crops like onion, which need consistent uniform planting distances between each seed to generate uniform bulb development.
As they are heavier than water, it means that sloped areas can be easily sown, because the seed pellets will not be washed away or displaced by the wind.
After sowing, the coating will absorb water and the seed will germinate. The seeds embedded in the pellet will germinate on almost any ground, provided they come into contact with water.
The seeds contained within the pellets normally come into contact with the soil substrate within one week of sowing.
Seed pellets do not attract interest from birds and insects. While naked seeds are a popular foodstuff, seed pellets are identified as soil rather than seed, so birds and insects ignore them.
What seeds are pelleted?
Seeds of various sizes are commercially pelleted, from relatively large seeds like onion and tomato to very small seeds like lettuce species.
The volume for 1000 propagules is 3.7 cm³ for raw seed compared to 18.0 cm³ after pelleting.
Varying pellet weight options to fine tune plantings
We’ve developed different pellet weights and densities to meet growers needs to “fine-tune” planting to varied soil and field conditions.
Protected culture planters are generally in a controlled indoor environment using vacuum drum seeders. Often these growers will opt for a lighter density pellet under these parameters.