One fact is without dispute; poor quality or dead seedlings are really expensive! Some growers gasp at the price of the Blackmore Roller Dibbler, but even more testify that the results are worth the investment. Growers call and tell us that the seeds are right in the center of the cells, and they can see it in the seedling house by looking down the rows of the plug trays.
University research has shown that center placement of seeds in the cells increases seedling stands by up to 5%. Seeds germinating near the edge of a cell have a higher rate of mortality than those sprouting in the center. Although the Blackmore Roller Dibbler may not attain the entire 5% better center placement, suppose it approaches half that or more. The question to ask yourself then is how much would you pay for a device that increases your plant out rate 2-3%.
What is 2-3% of your annual seed bill for impatiens, petunia, begonia, vinca etc, all the seeds that would be placed better by dibbling trays first? If it is about $2,800 then the Roller Dibbler is essentially free, as that is about the dollar value on the increase in plant out rate. For customers trying to maximize ROI on transplanters, a little better seedling stand is even more important. In fact, transplanter users (everyone for that matter) should scrutinize their entire program (seedling mix, fertilizer, etc.) to make sure they are getting the best stands possible to put into the machine. A little money spent up front may yield significant returns on the end of the planting line, not only in terms of quantity, but quality as well. It costs the same money to grow a plug cell whether or not it contains a viable seedling. Therefore, it is well worth your while to investigate any method/device that increases or has the potential to increase your plant out rate. Then calculate how quickly it will pay for itself.
A Roller Dibbler can easily pay for itself in less than 7 years and often in the first year. A little money spent now may save/return you a lot later. The Roller Dibbler Mounts easily on the Blackmore Cylinder and Turbo/Needle seeders (support plate required for Turbo/Needle application). Adapts to most automatic seeders. Radius-cut Dibbler design avoids soil build-up. Available for Blackmore or brand “”X”” trays.
Roller Dibblers are custom made for your plug tray. You’ll need a Roller Dibbler for each tray configuration. A.M.A. has been shipping Blackmore seeding equipment across Canada since 1982.