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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Are the cell trays foam or thin plastic? I tried one set of something similar from Burpee but it was too shallow, 1 1/2 deep.

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    The cell blocks are styrofoam (?) solid, 2 1/4 inch high. I have the 120-cell set. The individual cell is 1-inch diameter on top, tapering to about 3/4-in at the bottom with a 1/2-in hole in the bottom of the block. The soil sponges are actually tapered square shaped, and fit snuggly, won't fall out if block is tipped over.
    Don't know how 'tall' the 80-cell block is. Call or email Park Seed and ask.

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    I have plenty of the 72 cell trays . I may try and get a hold of some NEW 200 cell trays .200 cell is what I use in my float system but I wouldn't buy or sell used trays . Too many chances for disease with used trays .

    I ordered boxes from Unline to ship trays in .

    The trays at Parkseeds are too shallow for plants . I float on 4 inches of water .Roots will extend 4inches + past the bottom of the float tray . When plants are 2 inches tall the roots will extend 1.5 to 2 inches out the bottom of the tray .
    The 288 cell is ok for burley , orientals and bright leaf . The 200 cell is better for about most all other tobacco plants . The 72 cell would be best for cigar plants , they have the most room .

    All regular float trays are 26.5 " X 13.5" the only difference is the root ball size . There will be 288 , 253 , 242 , 200 or 72 plant hole's in the area of the tray . No matter how many cells they are they are still the same size tray .

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Yeah, the roots really extend out the bottom - wasn't too bad of a problem.
    When I push the sponge soil block out from the bottom, to plant, I seem to destroy much of the roots - didn't seem to deter the plants any.

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    BB…..I think you are correct in having the bigger, deeper cells – it just never was a problem with any of the plants I grew. The only really nice thing about the Park Seed sets is that it’s a complete package from the start – well suited for a newbie. And not that expensive, compared to buying the cell blocks, building or finding a water tray, buying a starting soil or mixing. You’re getting close to the cost of the Park Seed system, without the hassle of home-built. It comes complete with the watering tray, cell block, soil sponges – and it produces acceptable results – not the best, but acceptable. Just need to drop your seeds and water. And it’s a convenient size, handy to move around as needed, for getting sun or hardening off or whatever.

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    There is another way that you can make a " like " float tray and works well .
    Take Styrofam cups . Cut three pea size holes in the very bottom on the outside of the cup .
    Lightly Fill the cups with the tobacco soil that I use or any home made wicking soil .DO NOT PACK THE SOIL .
    Take and push a half round dibble in the middle of the soil in top of the cup . Tip end of your finger will work .Just push your finger straight down in the middle of the cup about a half inch .
    Place one seed in the dibble .do not cover with soil . A slight dusting may be ok .
    Place the cups in a large pan . Pour water in the bottom to about 2 inches and let it set . Apply water when needed and keep about 2 inches in the tray all the time .

    I did this last year just to see how well it worked and it worked just as good as my float beds did .

    You can also do the seed transfer to these cups like plug tobacco plants .

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    I did the styro float thing this year too 'cause I remember you did it last year. It works nice but the area required is huge. Those 72 cell float trays only take up a 2x3 area whereas using stryo cups you're only going to get about 30 cups in the same area and use probably 10 times more "soil"

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Jitterbugdude

    That is true , but I have had alot of people who only have enough room for 5 or 6 plants some 10 to 12 .

    Larger growers needing 60 can use the cups easy but for a couple hundred plants then I would go to the 72 or 200 cell float tray .

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    The last 2 years, I’ve used 3 oz plastic bathroom Dixie cups (2-inch top diam), with 3 cut-holes around the bottom edge. Found a decent potting soil at a local nursery store, loosely fill, and tamp the cup to settle. Sprinkle milled sphagnum moss over surface (prevents damp-off and mold), drop 5 to 10 seeds, and bottom water. A few days after germination, I transplant into other 3 oz cups until I have the number of plants I need, plus a few extra, just in case. I use the old Park Seed watering tray – can squeeze 64 cups into it, but usually just do 56. I have 2 of these trays, plus another pan or two, to get the 150-170 plants I have room for in my garden space. The trays are 16 ½”x 20 ½”.

    I have success transplanting when the seedlings have 3 or 4 leaves that are at least golf ball or larger, at about 5+ weeks. They’ve developed a decent root ball in the 3 oz cup by then. By experience, smaller plants don’t transplant well to the garden.

    I started a 2nd crop on June 2nd – almost 2 weeks ago. I expect to transplant mid-July. I will plant between the current plants, after they’ve been topped and the lower-trash leaves removed. Probably a dumb experiment, but I want to try to see what I can get.
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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    I woke up a sleeping beast reviving this thread lol. Glad i did. Pm'd BB about some 200 cell trays. That way he as an idea if its worth getting them. I will definately do the float thing next year.

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    I hope it works for you, nothing ventured nothing gained. Im thinking of using the ebb and flow(flood and drain) system myself next year.
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