What is PlantTape?
is the world’s most advanced, efficient, and flexible process for
the sowing, germination, and transplanting of crops.
PlantTape delivers logistical flexibility, precision, and efficiency to
PlantTape is a sowing and transplanting system.
We're not just in the business of selling farm equipment: we're providing
something much better.
While we do manufacture our own agricultural equipment,
we integrate that equipment into the the larger PlantTape process.
The entire PlantTape process is built around our namesake innovation: a
fabric or "tape" that holds seeds and seedlings. The tape facilitates
automated sowing, efficient nursery operations, and automated transplanting.
PlantTape's plant tape
PlantTape's proprietary plant tape is the heart of our entire system. Everything else, from our
transplanter to our bins to our facilities, supports the remarkable
efficiencies that our tape makes possible.
PlantTape—the tape itself—is a blend of peat, coco, and vermiculite between
two layers of biodegradable paper. Sounds simple enough, but this humble
innovation is driving an agricultural revolution.
Because of our tape, PlantTape offers growers a seamless, end-to-end
agricultural solution for the entire process from sowing to transplanting in
tape enables the process
PlantTape receives and holds the grower's seeds during sowing operations. In
the nursery, it enables timed germination and lets seedlings grow with correct
root architecture. And, it allows our automated transplanter to deliver each
transplant into the ground with unprecedented precision and control on the part
of the grower.
The 3-part PlantTape process
PlantTape process begins in one of our sowing
seeds are dry-sown into our proprietary tape, the sown tape is palletized and
shipped to the grower's nursery of choice.
germinate inside the tape when introduced to water. PlantTape's denser plant
spacing (840 plants per tray!) and shorter growing cycles make for high-yield
blazing-fast (2-7 acres per hour!) 3-point transplanter unspools the tape from the nursery
trays, cutting each transplant loose and placing it into the ground.
Once a customer's seed is received to a PlantTape sowing facility, it is
inventoried and stored in a secure, climate-controlled room until sowing.
Seeds are sown into PlantTape material, after which the material is cut into
strips (i.e, "tape"), folded, and loaded into trays of 840 seeds
The sown PlantTape is palletized, wrapped and labeled for immediate delivery
to a commercial nursery or farming operation.
gives logistical freedom
Because PlantTape sows seeds into a completely dry tape environment, growers
can delay germination to account for unforeseen circumstances.
PlantTape sowing facilities
- Boston, United Kingdom
Nurseries initiate germination via standard irrigation methods.
PlantTape trays hold 840 plants—2-3 times more than conventional
transplanting systems. With a denser seedling population, PlantTape maximizes
nursery space and improves transportation efficiencies.
PlantTape transplants can be planted at any stage of growth. Such
flexibility in the planting schedule allows growers to mitigate the impact of
adverse weather and other uncontrollable circumstances.
Because PlantTape seedlings can be planted younger than conventional
transplants, nurseries have shorter growing cycles and higher throughput.
competitive nursery advantage
More plants per square foot plus shorter growing cycles: PlantTape
represents a significant competitive advantage for commercial nursery operations.
By implementing the PlantTape system, a plant nursery can significantly
increase production without the capital costs of additional greenhouse space.
~1 million plants per 5,000 ft 2
0-30 days per growing cycle
840 plants per tray
conversion for most nurseries
From the nursery, trays of PlantTape transplants are loaded into bins and
shipped to the field.
At 840 plants per tray and 108 trays per bin, a PlantTape bin contains
around 90,000 transplants.
Transplants are loaded into PlantTape's automated transplanter, which can
carry 68 trays at a time (or around 57,000 plants).
The transplanter unspools the PlantTape from the trays and places each
transplant into the ground according to precise settings for line spacing,
plant spacing, and depth.
PlantTape provides the benefits of automated transplanting without the
drawbacks of other automated systems.
Other automated transplanters are factory-fixed for a specific wheelbase or
PlantTape's 3-point planter can be adjusted in the field for almost any bed
Its wheelbase is adjustable from 60"-84" with simple tools, and it
can plant anywhere from 1-8 lines of plants.
: 2-7 acres per hour
: 2-3 employees per machine
adjustable to fit most bed configurations
PlantTape delivers precision agriculture
The new generation of agtech
Agricultural technology, or agtech, has revolutionized agriculture over the
past century. PlantTape is part of the newest wave of agtech companies bringing
exciting innovations to empower growers.
"Precision agriculture" is a hot topic in the agtech world, and
for good reason. With shrinking profit margins and expanding challenges,
growers can't afford slippage in their operations.
PlantTape delivers unprecedented efficiencies in sowing, nursery, and
transplanting operations. With the PlantTape automated transplanting system,
- enjoy logistical flexibility by
scheduling seed germination to meet their timeline
- navigate weather issues with
the freedom to plant seedlings at any stage of development
- have healthier seedlings
(minimal transplanting stress plus a natural root architecture)
- cut labor costs associated
- have a single transplanter for
multiple crops and bed configurations
3-point planter is the most advanced, user-friendly transplanter on the
market today. It's just one component of an entire process that includes
dry-sowing, delayed or timed germination, high-yield nursery
operations, and blazing fast transplanting of seedlings.
Driven by our plant tape and supported by world-class equipment and
automation, PlantTape delivers the benefits of precision agriculture to
mid-size and large growers in the United States and around the world.
Whether you're transplanting lettuce
, cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, hemp, or any other crop, the PlantTape automated transplanting system is revolutionizing the way transplanting is done.