Improper care from over or under watering can lead to the loss of more than 30 percent of a plant retailer’s product, costing greenhouses, nurseries and retail horticulture stores millions of dollars, the company says. Its commercial grade capillary action mat system addresses this problem and cuts the water use in both retail horticulture outlets and greenhouses and nurseries by up to 70 percent, according to WaterPulse, which says this is the first time that this type of system has been available for retail outlets.
During extensive testing, numerous retail outlets have reported reduction in water use when WaterPulse’s mats are employed to deliver water to plants precisely and with minimum waste. Typical results indicate a reduction in water usage from 10,000-13,000 gallons per day to only 400 gallons in a large retail center.
In addition to the bottom-line savings, the WaterPulse system can help drought-stricken regions preserve resources.
The company says growers will see an ROI of 12 months or less when using Mass Flow Mats, designed for use in greenhouses and nurseries. The capillary action mats deliver water and nutrients uniformly, leading to healthier, more consistent and more attractive plants. In addition, the spread of water-borne disease is reduced and root rot is virtually eliminated.
The impact on the wholesale and retail markets through increased yield and reduced markdowns can be in the hundreds of millions of dollars in a growing season, the company says.