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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1174: Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Plant Propagators' Society

Palletised nursery logistics©

Author:   D. Hancock
DOI:   10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1174.1
Abstract:
These proceedings represent an adaption of a pictorial power point presentation made at the South Africa conference of 2016.
The Natural Area Nursery specialises in growing Perth native species from seed for restoration, revegetation, and landscaping.
In 2013 the Natural Area Nursery in Perth, Australia established a distinct propagation area and nursery enclosure to facilitate a new approach to the sowing, germination, and handling logistics with the intention of improving efficiency, reducing staff work load, and handling strain.
The availability of low cost plastic pallets arising from the Western Australian mining boom combined with a large hardstand area gave rise to the concept. Central also to the plan was the expertise developed by the nursery in the germination treatments of many species and the availability of air seeding equipment.
Propagation mix is loaded from soil bin to a hopper and conveyor external to the processing shed.

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