As growers we need to face the truth, It’s way too easy to make mistakes when starting plants off in grow rooms and setups designed for adult plants, and we could benefit so much more if spent some time and money on setting up a system solely dedication to propagation.
That’s why at Hydrobuilder we provide you with everything you need to create a mini-environment that’s perfect for protecting the tiniest of plants, and making sure they get off to a successful start with a bright future ahead.
Seedling trays and domes make the perfect environment for seeds, seedlings, and cuttings ensuring that they get off to the best start possible, successfully setting you up for the next several months of growing. Let’s face it, plant issues happen, but nothing is worse than dealing with them when your plant has just started to really develop. Fortunately, setting up a propagation system is fairly easy, so let’s dive into what you need and why.
Seedling Grow Trays & Inserts
Trays and inserts provide the base of your propagation setup and keep everything tidy and protected. Inserts are great because they allow you to control the nutrient needs of each individual plant as inserts will contain a number of cells - each cell holds one plug/plant.
When picking a tray you’ll want to decide if you want a durable material that will last you multiple grows or one that can be cut apart and planted along with the plant. This is an easy and safe to transplant plants, which commonly done in indoor growing operations but is a common worry for gardeners that have never done it before.
If you want to cut up your tray and plant it into the soil just make sure it’s biodegradable. We offer small inserts and trays starting at 12 cells – great for the new growers. As, well you can find rather large trays with more than 72 cells – perfect for the commercial grower.
Seedling Humidity Domes
Seeds, seedlings, and cuttings love high humidity, and a 70-80% humidity provides the perfect environment for promoting strong root development fast. With a high humidity you’ll water less, and this is a big relief for beginners that afraid of over and underwatering, which happens quite a bit when you first start gardening.
Seedling Plugs & Root Cubes
Plugs & root cubes couldn’t be easier to use. All you do is place one into the insert’s cell, pop your seed or cutting in, and give a little water from time to time. Plugs are designed to provide the perfect amount of airflow and hold moisture. Plugs can be made out of various materials, so let’s take a look at what material and plugs you can expect to see.
Rockwool – One of the most popular materials for propagation is created by spinning molten rock and other raw material together until it resembles wool. These packly tight fibers hold an abundance of water and air making it a perfect plug for propagation.
Grower Foam – These plugs are dense and have low drainage and have been used in the agricultural world for over 50 years, and were designed for the sole purpose of propagating plants.
Peat Moss – This material is often used in potting soil to break up the heaviness of the soil. It also can be used as a fantastic root plug because it holds several times its weight in water.
Rapid Rooter – These plugs are designed for an optimal air to water ratio and are made out of composted material – peat moss may be in it along with other materials, such as tree bark.
Our recommendation is try to not get too caught up and panic about which material/plug is best. All of them do a fantastic job and you can’t go wrong with any of the plugs you see on Hydrobuilder.
Put together your seed starting setup the easy way
There is no easier way to get a propagation system up and running than by purchasing an entire kit that has everything for you. We feel choice and providing you with great equipment within your budget is important, so you’ll find kits with various features to choose from such as cloning gels, T5 lights, etc.