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“Cost savings come through different stages of production”

With young plant production as the cornerstone for successful horticultural operations, the importance of starting with a high quality liner or plug is paramount. That is why Jiffy has spent the last twenty years continuously improving its Jiffy Preforma plugs. Jiffy Preforma is a high-quality plug used in multiple horticultural subsectors including floriculture, cannabis and hemp, hydroponics and vertical farming.

“We’re not just selling a product with peat and perlite or peat and coir. We look at the grower, the environment, the time frame and the systems in place. We then put together different types of products according to these parameters,” explains Mike Cade, product manager for Preforma.

Jiffy Preforma is initially prepared as a slurry according to the grower’s needs, after which Jiffy fills the trays for the clients and immediately wraps them to maintain the proper moisture level. The plugs are then shipped to the growers within 7-14 days, ensuring that growers receive the fresh plugs right when they are needed. Another advantage of Jiffy Preforma is that a variety of trays can be filled with the substrate so the client does not need to change anything about their process or tray sizes when purchasing the plugs. The plugs are also dibbled according to the grower’s needs, meaning that Jiffy has multiple shaped impressions for creating a hole into which the seed is sown. For cuttings and TC material, they can specify a single or multiple pin dibble, or even cut the plugs nearly in half for ease of placement.

According to Mike, the high-quality plugs provide multiple benefits to growers, all of which center around improved efficiency. Firstly, Preforma was initially designed specifically for automated horticultural systems as the product withstands mechanical movements quite well. Similarly, Jiffy Preforma’s strength has proven useful for the long-distance shipping of simple plugs, plant cuttings, seedlings, etc.

“Whereas loose-fill media or weaker plugs typically disintegrate when overturned or jostled, Jiffy Preforma maintains its shape and protects seedlings against root damage.”

“Improved performance in automated settings and throughout transportation remain key advantages of using Preforma but in the 20 years since we began developing the product,” the Jiffy team says and adds that the largest advantage of Jiffy Preforma is that it reportedly accelerates production by 25% in comparison to loose soil and other competitor plugs. “This 25% increase is the result of faster rooting and elimination of transplant shock.”

“One of the advantages is how quickly growers can pick up that plant tray and transplant them. Hemp producers could finish a plug in 8-10 days and get more trays into production quickly. By the end of the season, they were getting 25% more production in the same space. We’re seeing the same thing in hydroponic and cannabis production because they have a limited nursery area, which Jiffy Preforma allows them to turn over quickly,” says Mike.

Jiffy Preforma is produced in four locations across the globe, including the United States, Spain, the Netherlands and Japan which ensures the product’s global distribution. While Jiffy Preforma costs more than loose-fill rooting media, Mike explained that looking at a product’s purchase price cannot be the only deciding factor.

“We need individuals who are wise enough to understand that cost savings come through different stages of production. Even if loose-fill is cheaper or can be produced by the grower, the full savings need to be considered over the entire production cycle,” explains Mike. With Jiffy Preforma consistently producing plugs 30% faster than its competitors, growers can expect faster seedling turnaround in the nurseries and, as a result, increased yields and productivity.

For more information:
Jiffy Products International
+31(0)78 2062200


Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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