If you are about to open a new nursery and want to make the best use of available land, you will need to automate parts of the operation. This will help you to achieve a maximum yield on a consistent basis and cut down on the amount of manual labour involved. As you may know, there are many different types of machine available to help you sow seeds, but which one is right for your particular application?
To begin with, you need to work out what you intend to sell and, if you're thinking about a variety of different plants, how much of each will provide you with the perfect mix. You need to take into account the cost of buying and installing your seeder machine and will need to choose the speed at which it functions. Some machines can deal with more than one particular type of seed, should you choose to go down that route.
A good all-round choice in this situation would be a drum seeder. This machine is capable of creating the hole in the soil first, placing the seed carefully and then covering it with a nutritional mineral. You will have the choice of various types of drum so that you can introduce different types of seed within each individual tray.
Single, Double and Triple Head
These seeders are divided into types based on the drum and a sewing head. Typically, you can choose from single, double or triple, depending on complexity and throughput.
Machine in Action
As the name implies, a single drum sewing head will cater to one particular type of seed, while a triple can accommodate three. They are electronically controlled and work with a conveyor belt system, which moves the tray along the belt to the seeding position.
Once the seeds have been introduced into the ground, they will be fertilised by a mineral such as the vermiculite. They'll then be watered with the precise amount needed for perfect germination.
Remember, you need to produce a saleable plant out of each and every seed that you buy. You can take the uncertainty and risk of miscalculation out of the equation when you buy the right type of seeding machine.
Talk with your equipment supplier and go through the pros and cons of each available seeding machine. They will help you choose correctly, so you can hit the ground running with your new project.