Case Studies & Testimonials

Case Studies

Proptek propagation trays and containers are not just pieces of plastic for growing plants in – they form a system that helps develop superb plants efficiently.

Here are some case studies of nurseries we have worked with to develop a tray or container to help develop an integrated nursery solution.



Cultivate 2019

Proptek will be attending the Cultivate exhibition in Columbus Ohio, July 13th-16th.

We have some exciting things planned to show you – watch this space for more details!

If you would like a meeting to discuss any of your requirements or would like to see any of our products, please do get in touch.

Until then, you can find out more about the exhibition at

128 Cell Propagation Tray for Hemp Production

Hemp propagation is in full swing in the USA and our 128 cell tray is fast proving to be an excellent and popular choice. With sales now in several States, hemp growers are taking advantage of the easy to use, tough injection-moulded plastic design that produces very high quality, easy to pull plants.

As our trays last for many, many years they can be financed or leased if you require a large amount for your nursery which can help to improve cash flow.

For more information and all the benefits, see our 128 cell tray product page.

We have a wide range of products suitable for hemp and cannabis propagation and cultivation for both indoor and outdoor plants. Visit our hemp category page to find out more.

How to Tell When Vegetable Transplants Are Ready To Go In The Ground

Hoss Tools have created a nice little video that showcases our 162 cell vegetable propagation tray and explains how to pull transplants and how to tell when they are ready to be planted out.

We are very proud that our trays are labelled “the best seed starting trays on the planet”!

Follow their Twitter and Youtube pages for more excellent tips.

Further Proptek Trays Now Available From Greenhouse Megastore

We are delighted that our distributors Greenhouse Megastore can now supply even more of our popular propagation products. As with the other Proptek trays they already stock, this allows us to supply trays in smaller quantities and also brings on board the expertise of this very well known brand to help support our customers in product selection and fulfilment.

They have recently added our 10×20 USA bedding size trays to their range, meaning our 144231 shallow and 231 deep vegetable trays available

Shop here:–ptk–1020

If you have any other recommendations for our products that you would like to see on Greenhouse Megastore, please let us know.

World Ag Expo 2019

Join us at booth 1325/1326 in Pavilion A.

We are once again attending the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA in a couple of weeks’ time. We’d love to see you there – our team will be on hand from the 12th to the 14th to discuss any of your propagation needs.

If you would like to request a meeting, please reply to this email, otherwise please feel free to just drop by the booth at any time.

Here’s what we’ll have on show this year:

6 Cell Global Tray for 120mm Ellepots

New for 2019, this new container is perfect for fruit trees, landscape trees & shrub production. Due to its close nesting design, this container ships economically across the world. Find Out More

Vegetable Trays

Updated designs for 2018 and 2019, our vegetable propagation trays are better than ever. Have your own unique requirements? We’d love to hear from you. Find out More

Labor Saving Solutions

We will have a vast array of containers on show that can help reduce your labor bill and make your nursery more efficient. Find out More

New Website 2019

A fresh start for a new year is always a good thing! At Proptek, we are constantly innovating our products and we thought it was high time to improve and polish our website and branding too. A change is as good as a rest, so the saying goes!

We hope you find the new site informative and easy to use – if you have any feedback we’d love to hear from you on our contact page

Better Nutrient Management

It’s common knowledge that tough plastic trays last longer than Styrofoam, so represent a better return on investment…but there’s another sometimes more hidden saving.

A hard plastic tray is better on fertilizer than a Styrofoam tray. This is because of two main reasons:
• The roots are better, so take up nutrients more efficiently. This means less goodness runs through the cell and is lost down the drain.
• Nutrients can’t absorb into the cell walls.

When you combine these two facts, you can reduce the amount of fertilizer and nutrient management you have to do, creating a large net saving. There is good evidence to suggest there is water savings too, though this is highly environment and crop dependent.

In fact, one of the most common bits of feedback we get about our trays when growers first trial them is that seedlings are tall and leggy. This is almost guaranteed to be because they over-feed and over-water them, as they are used to what seedlings need when in an inferior tray. Once this is realised, the second trial produces plants arguably better than those from a Styrofoam tray – and often a little quicker too!

Interested in learning more or doing trials? We offer free samples to those looking to make the switch.

Proptek Trays Now Available Via Greenhouse Megastore!

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Greenhouse Megastore to supply some of our popular propagation products. This allows us to supply trays in smaller quantities and also brings on board the expertise of this very well known brand to help support our customers in product selection and fullfilment.

We currently have our 162242 and 338 vegetable trays available, along with our 8 cell Pot-in-Frame tree propagation system.

We will have another announcement soon about some more products coming available, which we are also really excited about!

We recommend joining their mailing list to be notified when these trays are available. If you have any other recommendations for our products that you would like to see on Greenhouse Megastore, please let us know!

Labor Saving Doesn’t Have to be Expensive Machinery & Robots

Ag and nursery industries are facing major labor shortages and a lack of qualified employees – the solution is to become more efficient with our processes and use automation to bridge the gap.

When automation is mentioned, people think complicated machinery and expensive equipment. This does not have to be the case. Just by picking the right container, you can make huge improvements without spending big. Here’s the 6 reasons to change to a Proptek®/Ellepot® container/insert system:

Save time on Seeding and Filling

A tough injection molded container can be de-stacked automatically a lot easier than other types of tray. Using relatively simple bits of machinery and conveyors, the trays can be filled automatically, seeded and watered without a human hand ever touching them.

Save Time on Sorting & Grading

A system that allows you to remove each cell individually means that at all stages of growth, plants can be moved and inspected without pulling.  When pulling to check the roots, the Ellepot slides very easily out without damaging the roots or plant. This saves a lot of time, but also saves money as fewer plants are lost.

Quicker Bumping up and Transplanting

Plants pull easier in a tough injection molded container that has been designed to create great roots. You can even get a “plant popper” that can pop out potentially hundreds of plants at once. This means less staff are required for the job or, looking it at from the other angle, keep the same number of staff but create the opportunity to grow and expand as a business.

Easier Moving Around the Nursery

Injection molded trays that remain rigid help here – especially if they include their own built-in feet. A large number of plants can be carried with an adapted forklift that has multiple prongs that can slide under the frames and take them to the greenhouse or shade house. This means you need fewer people – but also those people you do need are doing a much more enjoyable, safe and comfortable job.

Long-life Containers

Investing in a decent container is going to cost a few extra dollars. But the following year you won’t have to buy any. Nor the year after that. Nor the year after that… saving a lot of money in the long run. If the up-front cost is perhaps a little too much, you can often get finance to spread out the cost of injection molded containers over a few years.

Quicker Turnaround

Better roots mean better plants and that means happier customers. But better roots and better plants means quicker finishing and shipping out the door. This means more plants turned during a year, meaning more dollars per square foot of nursery – which means more money for you, the grower.

Ellepot Review – A Few Months after Planting

Here’s a great video from our good friends at Sierra Gold Trees

Great trees happen when Proptek, Ellepot and knowledgeable nursery men and women come together. The product used in this example is our 8 Cell Sleeve and Tray system – more details here:

Our thanks go to Cliff and all the team at Sierra Gold for the video.