Yates Seedling Trays
Reusable punnet seedling trays for producing seedlings or plants from cuttings
- Reusable 3 × 24 cell tray
- Suits many types of seedlings or cuttings
- Flexible cells make transplanting easy
Tips for growing from seed
- Fill seedling trays with moist Yates Seed Raising Mix. Firm gently.
- Insert 3 or 4 seeds in each punnet section in accordance with the planting depth indicated on the seed packet.
- Cover with seed raising mix or, for best results with very small seeds, with vermiculite (vermiculite retains moisture around the seed while allowing light through).
- Water gently to keep moist but not over-wet. (Tip: water very small seeds using a mist sprayer).
- Keep seedling tray out of direct sunlight – bright shade is ideal.
- After germination, remove weaker seedlings to leave only the strongest in each section.
- Begin feeding weekly with half-strength Thrive® Soluble Plant Food.
- Plant seedlings out after two sets of true leaves have developed. Water in well with Yates Nature’s Way® Seaweed Tonic and as seedlings grow, continue feeding fortnightly with full strength Yates Thrive Soluble Plant Food.
Tips for growing from cuttings
- Fill seedling trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Water well and allow to drain.
- Take cuttings from plants early in the morning. Choose firm tip shoots from this season’s growth.
- Trim to leave only one or two leaves at the top of the cutting. Larger leaves can be cut in half to reduce water loss.
- Spraying with Yates DroughtShield will also reduce water loss from cuttings.
- Cut base just below a leaf node (mark on stem where leaves would emerge).
- Dip base of cutting into water and then into Yates Cutting Powder or Clonex Gel.
- Use a pencil to poke a vertical hole in the top of the mix in each cell. Place base of cutting in each hole and firm mix around the base of the cutting to hold it in place.
- Water gently again, taking care not to dislodge cuttings.
- Place in a brightly-lit spot out of direct sunlight.
- Check regularly for signs of new growth. Cuttings with roots will feel anchored, rather than loose, in the mix.
- Transplant into individual pots when roots are well formed.