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Hank Bissell <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:38:58 -0500
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I've been using 288s for lettuce for years. Needless to say you have to
watch them more closely in the greenhouse and transplant them out sooner.

> See below, has anyone used such small cell size for growing lettuce
> transplants, and with what success? thanks, Vern
> We are using a 128 cell tray for lettuce and greens right now is looking
> at a similar sized tray from Proptek which has 144 cells.  The cell size
> is actually the same, but they fit more cells per tray because they
> don't need a rolled edge on the tray for strength like regular
> thermoformed trays have.  You can check them out at
> http://www.proptek.com/pages/vegetables/trays/index.php?ref=144N10N.
> The issue is that the 144s are made in California and the freight quote
> I got was $2500.  Proptek also makes a tray in Montreal which is a 231
> count.  The cell volume is about 60% less.  From the little I know about
> it, it seems like most growers out West use much smaller cells than we
> do here for lettuce and greens.  Everyone I know in this area uses a 128
> or similar tray for these crops.  Do you think we could get away with a
> 231 tray for these crops?   Do you know anyone using a smaller cell tray
> for lettuce?