4 Keys to Selecting a Greenhouse for Hemp Transplant Propagation
Continuing from our last post about the reasons for selecting transplants over seed…
Of course it’s easy to say “I’m planting transplants” and it may or may not be straightforward to actually get that done. Most obviously, you’re adding another trusted partner to your process: someone – the greenhouse propagator – in whom you have to have a ton of confidence, since the success of your effort to plant will be entirely dependent on their ability to execute as well. We’ve determined that there are a number of factors to consider when selecting a greenhouse for hemp transplant propagation:
Growing. Of course, your greenhouse partner needs to be able to grow. Beautiful, high-quality starts. High propagation %s (meaning the percent of seeds that start and become viable transplants).
A factory. They need to be able to do it over and over. If you are like us and our clients, you’re focused on relatively large quantities of transplants. (100 acres x 3,500 transplants / acre = 350,000 transplants). Your partner needs to be a transplant factory, using all the modern tools to run an assembly line that happens to product starts rather than ball bearings or widgets. Established standard operating procedures (SOPs), systematic use of those SOPs, and an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or similar tool to manage the complicated dance of raw materials, labor and equipment that occurs at this scale of operation.
A culture of consistency. Producing the same thing over and over again needs to be in their blood.
Logistics and fulfillment. Depending on the other resources available to you, it may be sufficient that your greenhouse partner does a great job growing your transplants, and once they’re placed on their dock, you can pick them up and take them from there. But if you need fulfillment and logistics support, that’s a whole additional capability to look for. Getting your transplants staged for the field on time and with minimal shock, is critical.
Does your partner have those capabilities?