Our seeding is done using high tech seeding machines that insert individual seeds into a stonewool plug or block. From that point onward, our experienced growers ensure conditions for germinations and further growth are ideal and consistent. The trays are engineered for accelerated growth and air pruning to produce a premium starter plant.
All crops are grown in a computer-controlled environment that keeps the climate ideal at all stages of the growing cycle. As the plants develop, some are grafted and pinched, then all are transplanted and spaced to provide a consistent, high quality product. Irrigation is done using overhead systems and/or flood floor systems (ebb& flow), which fill the bay to water the plants from the roots up into the plant.
We maintain a biologically pest controlled, ultra-hygienic environment for all our crops. Currently, we also provide organically grown products (non-certified) that meet stringent national & international standards.
Our most common vegetable crops are Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers and Eggplants. These can be standard (non-grafted), grafted, or grafted &pinched plants. These crops are seeded and grown to about 12″-16″ over 18-54 days and then shipped to production greenhouses for them to grow on for food production that ends up on your store shelves.
Bevo specializes in grafted tomatoes, which make up about 98% of all the tomato plants we grow. Hygiene, LED & HPS lighting, and the crop environment are the most important factors in grafting tomatoes, under the constant expert supervision of our growing team. They don’t call us a nursery lightly – our team literally has to baby our tiny grafted plants during their early journey in life, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Everything begins with hygiene – this is key to our success! Once areas and tools are sanitized to perfection, we sow tomato seed in rockwool trays, and, usually after grafting, transplant them into rockwool blocks.
We have invested significantly in creating an environment with both LED & HPS lighting, as the lighting is the most important factor affecting our tomato plants. Most grafted tomato plants are topped to create 2 or 3 shoots – the lighting program we have developed helps us master these techniques to the best of our ability with great success!
We do all we can to customize the growth of the plants towards the needs of our customers. These needs are different for every customer, every location, and every type of planting, whether an open or interplant scenario.
Bevo has made significant strides in improving the way peppers are propagated!
As many of our customers can attest, our application of Hybrid LED & HPS lighting over the last 2 years is the single most significant improvement to the development of young pepper plants in the last 15 to 20 years! We have had exceptional results with the addition of the LED lighting to our existing HPS lighting, sometimes using the lighting in combination with each other, and sometimes separately, depending on all other factors in the development stage. This strategy develops a more fully developed plant, with better and faster leaf volume that can be planted at the customer’s greenhouse at an earlier age.
Once again, it all starts with hygiene. Once this criteria is met, we sow pepper plants in rockwool trays, as we do with tomatoes. When ready, we transplant the peppers into blocks, now using a 180° transplant method which results in stronger stems so the plants can be clipped higher, giving more flexibility for the customer after planting.
Over the past 3years, Bevo has researched and developed experience in grafting peppers as well. This research and development has been invested in order to secure the future for an optimal increase in production while preventing root diseases.
Cucumbers are another crop we take pride in. We grow most cucumbers with either a single stem, or with 2 or 3 shoots, depending on the customer’s requirements.
Starting with hygiene once again, we ensure we will be growing in a sanitized environment. The seeds for cucumbers are sown directly into the rockwool blocks, which is different than tomatoes or peppers.
Hybrid LED & HPS lighting plays a very important role in the success of our cucumber plants, as they do with the other vegetable plants. The grower team works tirelessly, 24/7, to ensure the plants get all the attention they need.
All of the eggplants we grow are also grafted. This is required for eggplants to prevent root issues and maximize the production of the plant.
Eggplants are sown in rockwool trays and transplanted into rockwool blocks, as we do with tomatoes & peppers.