Nowadays, nursery techniques of producing small and young plants in an indoor environment provide for different protocols depending on the type of starting material. In vitro micropropagation, the production of cuttings, the grafting of young horticultural plants, etc., are generally conducted in controlled environments from a climatic and health point of view, the so-called clean rooms, on special illuminated shelves.
Micropropagation is a nursery technique born in the early 80s in the province of Cesena, today a center of excellence can be found contributing to horticulture on a global scale. "It provides an advanced method to produce large quantities of plants for fruit essences such as peach, smaller fruits and ornamental plants," says Lino Truffelli with Orlandelli.
The Orlandelli DC trolley with C-LED lamps
A second technique, according to Lino, is the production of grafted young horticultural plants. This technique involves the insertion of a branch, called nesto, taken from a plant on the hypogeal or trunk part of a less productive but more rustic one, that is resistant to the conditions of the soil and the diseases that through it they can propagate. "The result is a highly productive plant-resistant to common diseases such as wilt, fusarium and soil-borne parasites such as nematodes," says Lino.
Both the micropropagation and grafting techniques, as well as other less common but also developed indoors, such as vertical farming to produce adult vegetables, are carried out on trolleys. C-Led has started a collaboration with Orlandelli, an Italian trolleys and equipment supplier.
Lino notes, "In order to respond to the growing market demand, the DC trolley with lighting kit was developed through a collaboration between Organizzazione Orlandelli and C-LED."