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Pumpkin Seedlings

How Farmers Benefit from Pumpkin Seedlings as Opposed to Growing Directly from Seed

Traditionally, farmers grew pumpkin crops directly from seed sown in the soil. However, with advances in propagation methods, tunnels, and technology, bulk suppliers that propagate seedlings in greenhouse facilities are now able to provide these pumpkin seedlings to farmers. This has revolutionised pumpkin-farming practices in South Africa, giving farmers a competitive edge when they plant seedlings, as opposed to growing crops from directly sown seeds. Pumpkin seedlings available from reputable bulk suppliers for commercial farming offer farmers several benefits, some of which are mentioned below. Plant Uniformity and Better Final Field Stand Uniformity in plant characteristics and size provides better yields and thus more predictability in terms of crop size, quality, and harvesting time. Pumpkin seedlings are grown in greenhouse nurseries where the plants are protected against the elements and share common characteristics, such as drought tolerance and pest resistance. Farmers thus benefit greatly from these uniform seedlings. With the pumpkin seedlings uniformly resistant to diseases and with certain tolerance characteristics, as well as the plants being stronger, farmers benefit from an improved final field stand. This also means better efficiency when it comes to harvesting and thus fewer losses. More efficient harvesting furthermore means a lower cost to the farmer. Lower Risk and Lower Losses in Early Stages Farmers run a lower risk, since the plants are on the field for a shorter period. This means a shorter period of exposure to diseases and pests, such as rodents. Rodent infestations are often only noticed too late when large parts of the crops have already been damaged. A shorter field period also translates into a lower risk of hail and other weather-related damage. Farmers know that many seeds do not germinate because of incorrect planting depths, winds blowing away topsoil, and pests eating the seeds. There is thus a certain level of risk involved when it comes to growing from seed and some losses are always expected. With the correct transplanting of pumpkin seedlings – and following of the best growth protocol – it is possible to minimise plant losses. As such, farmers are running a reduced risk of plant losses in the early stages of propagation. Early Yield and Elimination of Germination Related Losses Farmers benefit from early harvesting, which means the risks associated with plants standing on the field are reduced. Early yield also gives farmers a competitive edge in the market. When growing pumpkins directly from seed, farmers risk non-germination for various reasons. When they buy quality pumpkin seedlings from Hishtil SA, they eliminate the risk of non-germination due to harsh weather or other environmental factors. Water and Resource Savings and Predictability in Terms of Planting Because the time that the plants are on the field is reduced, farmers save water, fertiliser, and pesticide. This translates into higher profits per pumpkin crop. Farmers know when delivery can be expected, helping them to plan their crop growth and farming activities accordingly. Call Hishtil SA for more information about the availability and cost of pumpkin seedlings.

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