Everdip, the scientifically proven tray dip which will provide for your seedlings a much healthier, more natural root system in one easy, clean tray application. Created in South Africa for South Africans by Dr C Pentz, Everdip provides all the benefits of a copper based pruning agent at a fraction of the expense you have come to expect from other tray dips.
How Everdip Works
The metabolic activities in the plant root are controlled by enzymes; these enzymes are inactivated by ions, like those in copper. Thus, if a growing root tip encounters a sufficient number of copper ions in region, growth in that region will stop. This is known as chemical root pruning. A tray dipped in Everdip is coated with a film containing copper oxychloride, if this film is moistened it will absorb water and become a gel, copper ions will move in this gel from areas of higher concentration to areas of lower concentration and in this way replenish the ions on the surface that were lost in use. If the film is a dense solid, like paint; only those copper ions on the surface will be active as the deeper ions cannot migrate easily to the surface.
The effect of chemical root pruning on the plant is that root growth will stop at the surface of the plug cavity, preventing penetration of the tray, spiraling, and bagging. Ball and socketing is minimized if not eliminated and more roots are formed in the center of the plug. On transplantation this is a distinct advantage as all the roots will now penetrate the growth medium laterally without any "memory" of spiraling or bagging. Furthermore plants that have very aggressive roots like grass, sugar cane and forestry seedlings are all easily removed from the tray without causing trauma to the plant or damage to the tray.
What Everdip Does:
- Sterilizes the tray surface.
Copper oxychloride dissociates into copper ions and hypocloride ions, both of which have fungicide and bactericidal properties which will kill pathogens on contact. In trails done at the University of Natal, it was shown that copper oxychloride is an effective sterilizing medium at relatively low concentrations. Its use in agriculture is well documented. Because of the nature of the film formed with Everdip, pathogens and their spores will be trapped under the film and be eliminated.
- Maintains a pathogen free surface on the tray
Because the concentrations of ions at the surface of the film are available for a long period of time, pathogens coming into contact with it will be eliminated
- Prevents the penetration of plant roots into the tray
As mentioned before, chemical root pruning will prevent the roots from penetration into polystyrene trays and prevent spiraling and bagging as well as "ball and socket" formation
- Improves the root structure of seedlings
If roots were allowed to penetrate the tray, these plants will be damaged on removal from the tray. Very aggressive roots such as those found in timber seedlings, grass sugar cane etc. may even have to be cut free. Furthermore plants that have not spiraled or bagged in the tray do not retain a "memory" of such activity and transplant more successfully.
- Dramatically increases tray life.
Apart from the fact that trays are not damaged during plant removal, repeated dipping forms a thin shell on the tray, which is quite tough when dry, and which strengthens the tray. Many more tray cycles thus become possible.
Ezigro delivers nationwide across South Africa. Please contact us to place your order, and we will arrange transportation to your site.
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