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Potting Up Equipment

Our range of high quality, professional Potting Up Equipment & Benches ensure you'll have a potting up area to be proud of. From a sturdy aluminium Potting Bench to a durable Potting Tidy, robust Compost Scoop & deep Compost Sieve all these items have been selected to make potting up as efficient as possible.
Potting Up Equipment is used for two main activities - Potting Up Seedlings and Repotting Plants.
Potting Up Seedlings needs to take place once they have filled the seed trays, modules or pots which they were originally sown in as their roots will need more space to continue to grow for healthy plants. Use a Dibber or Widger to gently ease seedlings out of the compost they are growing in without damaging their roots. Prepare the place they are being transferred into by making a hole large enough to accommodate the roots using a Dibber. Seedlings are placed in the hole, compost gently moved to fill the hole and the seedlings carefully watered to help them settle in. They can then remain in their new pot until they outgrow the pot - or are ready to plant out into their permanent position. When potting up seedlings we always recommend using 3 to 4 inch pots as these allow plenty of root for root growth.
Repotting Plants takes place when plants become too large for the pots they are growing in. This can occur when you are raising your own plants from seeds or cuttings. It can also need to be carried out to continue the healthy growth of pot plants/ house plants. By repotting plants you will be able to provide them with fresh compost which will provide new nutrients to promote new growth. You'll know your plant needs repotting is you see any of the following symptoms - roots protrude from the base of the pot or the plant stops growing or becomes limp.

Potting Benches
A purpose built Potting Bench provides you with a tidy, practical area where you can carry out your potting up and take cuttings with ease. Potting Benches are designed to provide a space for you to keep your small potting up tools close at hand - a shelf is often provided where you can store plant labels, pens, dibbers and tampers etc. A Potting Bench usually has a work surface large enough for you to tip compost - with sides and back containing the compost in one place so preventing messy compost spillage.

We design and manufacture all our own Potting Up Equipment here in our Derbyshire workshop. All benches are made from long-lasting, rust and tor proof aluminium providing you with a potting area that will last a life-time. We've taken into consideration the needs of the gardener who can spend hours potting up, planting seeds and taking cuttings. We've made our Potting Benches to a comfortable working height - but if you did want the bench made to a specific height we can do this for you - simply let us know which height you require and we'll quote by return.

Potting Trays
A Potting Tray is an essential garden accessory. It's a portable, lightweight tray that can be used just about anywhere when you need a space for planting seeds, taking cuttings, potting up or pricking out. The main purpose of a Potting Tray is to provide a space where compost can be contained as you work - this is why a good Potting Tray will always have high sides and a back to prevent compost from spilling out of the tray.

Where space is limited in your greenhouse or shed, and it's not possible to accommodate a Potting Bench, then a Potting Tray can take up temporary residence on top of an existing staging. Once used it can simply be stored out of the way until it's needed again.

Potting Up Tools
Having the correct potting up tools will speed up the time consuming processes of sowing seeds, taking cuttings, pricking out and potting on. When you are only sowing a few seeds then you can get away with needing only a few essential tools but when you're growing a large number of plants it's best to invest in a range of potting up equipment to make the task easier and successful.

Potting Up Tools include such items as:
Plant Labels - these become essential when sowing a wide range of seeds as it's easy to forget what you've sown when the seeds are covered with compost.
Sieve - by simply removing any lumps or fibres from your compost before you sow means that roots won't be restricted within the compost and also lets you evenly cover the seeds with a fine, even layer of compost.
Dibber and Widger - these simple tools are designed to reduce the amount of handling of young seedlings, reducing the possibility of damage as you prick out and pot up.
Tampers - also known as 'presser boards', tampers are used to gently press down the compost prior to sowing, providing a level surface on which to sow seeds.

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