Normally, plants are raised in a nursery garden or in a greenhouse until they reach a desired size and then are replanted in a new habitat. However, until the plantlings have reached the desired size, they usually require constant care and occupy considerable space, usually in a building. In addition, the plantlings must be handled with care on their way from the nursery garden to their planting location, where a hole usually must be dug and partially filled with water.
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) has developed a seed container that addresses these technical issues and makes it possible to plant seeds in challenging locations. The technology consists of a container with a housing for the seed, bulb or tuber, and a nutritive matrix to support the initial growth of the seedling. The seeds and nutritive matrix are put in contact only once the container is activated.
The container provides several advantages for storing and supporting the initial growth of plantlings:
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