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Plastrip: Tackling the pruning season with confidence


Plastrip - Tackling the pruning season with confidenceDo you cultivate roses, fruit trees and grapevines? Or do your hedges require some trimming?

The pruning season is upon us and it's time to gear up with the correct equipment to ensure quick and effective pruning. Plastrip has just introduced two new items to their pruning equipment range that is very affordable and reliable: Dura 4, -5 and -6 Secateurs and the Red Rooster Vine Lopper.

This horticultural practice involves the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots.

This is done for various reasons:

  • Removing deadwood
  • Shaping the plant
  • Maintaining or improving the plant's health
  • Reducing the risk from falling branches
  • Preparing specimens for transplanting
  • Increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits

Whether you're trimming, topping, raising or reducing the plant – Plastrip's got all equipment required. And don't forget to use the Tree Pruning Seal once the plant has been cut.

Advantages of manual harvesting

Plastrip: Advantages of manual harvesting

Plastrip - Harvesting olives, citrus and avos manuallyOlives

There is something surprisingly modest about olive trees, given their noble history and legendary reputation, going back far before biblical times.

Hand picking is adequate for small groves, however proves to be impractical and too expensive in commercial groves. A major advantage of hand-picking is that the fruit is less likely to bruise resulting in better presentation for the fresh fruit and table olive market. Depending on the cultivar and degree of ripeness, olives are picked between autumn and spring.

The combing action of the fingers harvests without damaging fruit or trees. It's a fact that the quality of the oil decreases with the increase of mechanization and electric tools because the more gently the olives are treated the better the resulting oil. The high quality oils normally are obtained by hand picking the olives directly into a basket – the best method of all but the least efficient and so the most costly.


Known for the high level of vitamin C, the round, juicy, sweet brightly colored citrus fruit known as oranges provide health benefits and a tasty treat.

As has been tradition for hundreds of years, oranges are typically picked from the orange tree by hand. Workers lean ladders against the tree, or stand it up near the tree, and climb to the top to pick the oranges from the tree branches. Once removed from the tree, oranges are placed into canvas pick sacks which typically worn over the torso of the body.

This is a physically demanding and intense job. The skill and care of a good picker can make the difference between a gift piece of fruit or one that will not be shipped at all. It is a popular misconception that citrus fruit can withstand rough handling. Citrus is more durable than many other fruits, but it does bruise easily – the difference is that citrus bruises may take several days to become evident, by which time the fruit usually has been shipped. Consequently, rough handling should be avoided during harvesting operations. Stems left on the fruit at picking must be removed during packing, which reduces packing efficiency. Of more importance is the fact that stems left on the fruit can damage other fruit, thereby causing spoilage and fruit loss. Careless picking that results in plugging, i.e., part of the rind pulls loose from the fruit, is unacceptable. All citrus can be susceptible to plugging, but some varieties are worse than others, e.g., pineapple oranges, many tangelos and most tangerines. The latter types are clipped rather than pulled.

Prototype mechanical harvesters have not proven feasible for harvesting fresh fruit because of tree damage, fruit damage, non-selectivity, efficiency and cost. Picking rates vary with the individual picker, type of fruit, relative abundance of fruit, tree size and other factors. However, experienced pickers should average 10 to 12 bushels of oranges and 14 to 16 bushels of grapefruit per hour in ringpicking.


The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit. Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats. Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health.

The maturity of the fruit is closely related to moisture content. The fruit is normally ready to be picked when it has a moisture content of about 80 % or less. Fruits are picked when mature but still hard. Pruning shears or special clippers should be used to harvest avocados. The pedicel should also remain attached to the fruit.

Labourers should wear cotton gloves when harvesting fruit, to ensure that their fingernails do not scratch the fruit. The fruit should be cut off and not pulled from the trees. Cut the fruit from the tree using avocado clippers leaving 3 to 4mm of stalk intact (for all varieties other than Hass). Emphasis is placed on clipping close to the fruit and leaving the stem in place to insure uniform ripening.

Soil thermometers

Soil thermometers, pH Meters and Moisture Meters

Plastrip - Soil thermometersFor gardeners and farmers, soil temperature and pH is key to making planting decisions. Gardeners find these tools useful for planning plantings and they are also used by climate scientists, farmers, and soil scientists. Soil temperature and pH can provide a great deal of useful information, especially when charted over time.

A quick read soil thermometer or ph meter will take a reading very rapidly and is useful for a quick probe of soil to check on conditions. The meters need to be left in place for a few seconds in order to generate a stable reading. In greenhouses and other highly controlled environments, people may leave thermometers in the soil so that they can take regular readings.

Professional Weather Station

A Comprehensive weather information system,forecasting and recording indoor / outdoor temperatures, humidity, barometric pressure,rainfall, wind direction and speed.

Plastrip weather station


  • Touch screen panel and USB port
  • Rainfall data: 1 hour to 1 month.
  • Wind chill / speed and Dew point display and recording.
  • Weather alarm modes for all weather conditions.
  • Wind direction with LCD compass.
  • Min / Max temperature indoors and outdoors.


  • LED backlight / low power usage.
  • Wall hanging or free standing.
  • Synchronized instant reception.
  • Low power consumption (over 2 years battery life for transmitter).
  • PC downloadable data logging with free software.

Bird Scare Ribbons

Protecting your New Crop

Plastrip - Protecting your New CropBirds typically eat their body weight in food every day. Unfortunately, bird pecks also damage the appearance of fruit and allow mold, yeast, bacteria and insects to cause secondary spoilage. Crop losses due to bird damage can range from 5% to 50% or more!

Keeping birds at bay

It can be disheartening for any gardener or farmer to work hard growing fruits and vegetables, only to see birds taking advantage of a free meal. Birds will eat fruits, berries, corn, grain and other crops, and they're intelligent and clever enough to work around many different types of deterrents. With a bit of innovation, however, it is possible to protect your crops from birds, whether you have just a small garden plot or a much larger commercial field.

Plastrip's Bird Scare Tape and Balloons use a bird's primal fears and natural survival instincts to drive them away from your crops without the use of chemicals or causing them harm. The tape and balloons flutter in the breeze, scaring the birds off. The birds don't like the shine of the tape or scary eye pattern on the balloon, and anything that moves is good for keeping birds out of the area. These items are inexpensive, humane, and relatively unobtrusive.

Bird Scare Tape and Balloons

Grow Tubes

A good quality grow tube (properly used) creates cost savings and revenue increases far in excess of the cost of the tube. It multiplies the bottom line which means it accelerates the growth of both stems and roots, resulting in an increase of total vine / tree biomass.

10 Reasons Why It's Better To Use Snap N' Grow:

  1. Ventilation – In warmer climates the young vine shoots are kept cooler, while in colder regions excess moisture is reduced.
  2. Protection against pesticides – There are no gaps in the tube for young shoots to grow through.
  3. 62 square centimeters of growing space. This ensures balanced growth between the roots and the shoots.
  4. Easy to disassemble and remove – The grower can take full advantage of the protection and accelerated growth of the vine for a full season, and then remove the tube quickly without damage to the shoots. The tube therefore, does not need to be removed before the vine is secured to the cordon wire.
  5. Multiple usage – Snap N' Grow tubes are designed to last longer. The tube can be stored for re-use, reducing annual costs for the grower.
  6. Consistent diameter – Each tube has the same diameter, which means consistent and even growth for all vines in the vineyard (grow tubes with differing diameters and volumes result in different growth rates of individual vines).
  7. Rounded edge at top – As the shoots grow out of the tube, the rounded edge minimizes damage to the soft, green bark. Important for windy locations.
  8. Tested colour and light infiltration – Snap N' Grow delivers excellent results in all climates and growth conditions.
  9. Compact Storage – The design of the tubes allows the 2 halves to fit into each other, resulting in easy stacking and compact storage. Also results in fewer trips from vineyard to store.
  10. Unique Design – The structural ridges result in a high strength: weight ratio. Ventilation channels in the flange allow ventilation but still keep herbicides out.

Snap N' Grow tubes

Spreading the Joy

Your spreader is designed to evenly fertilise your agricultural areas or with nutrients it needs for growth, colour, root strength and overall health.

Plastrip fertiliser spreader

A very good invention to uniformly deploy fertiliser, seeds or similar things on large areas is a spreader cart. It does not only save seeds or fertiliser but may also prevent serious damage.

Especially when fertilising many people think "much helps much". But the opposite is the case, because if you over-fertilise, the plants get yellow and dies by too much concentration of the product. Applied by hand, there is the danger that one cannot spread the right amount properly or some places get more fertilised than others. This can be avoided by using a fertilizer cart, which distributes the fertiliser absolutely evenly. A hot tip is to fill and empty it off the focus area, because there is always dripping something out. Such piles on the crop will burn it and form ugly yellow dots.

The amount of the ejection can be regulated in such spreader carts, so that you can evenly fertilise or sow. The correct setting is mostly written on the fertiliser bags from the same manufacturer. This allows a homogeneous growth of the crops.

Encouraging Straight Growth

Aluminium Bud Clips will ensure the straight initial growth of all the young trees in your nursery, eliminating the crook at the bottom of your tree.

Encouraging Straight Growth


Getting your greenhouse in order

Plastrip - Preparing your GreenhouseSpring is on our doorstep and it's time to prepare your greenhouse for the season of new life. Think of your greenhouse as the maternity ward for your garden or young plants. This is where you are raising your babies in a specially created environment – it needs to be clean and healthy for them to thrive.

Plastrip is ready to assist with many products required during this period:

Greenhouse Repair Tape – use to repair torn areas on your greenhouse before the tear gets too big. Special glue is UV resistant that leaves no residue and has a lifetime of 2 years outdoors in the elements.

Knapsack Sprayers – easy to maintain and repair with no special tools required. Lances available in brass and plastic. Stainless steel mesh strainer. Protective skirt on cylinder to prevent liquid flowing onto operator's back. Pump handle can be used to left or right hand side. Cover has built-in handle to facilitate carrying. Adjustable nozzle gives wider coverage and even distribution.

Rooting Hormones – Dynaroot liquid, Dip & Root Powder and Indole Butyric Acid (IBA) powder available for soft, semi-hard and hardwood. These rooting hormones are used extensively for the propagation of plants for ornamental use in gardens and landscaping, as well as commercially for the propagation of fruit trees.

Support Line for plastic greenhouse sheeting – Speedline is made of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) which is very durable and maintains its quality for more than 20 years. The line is a third of the weight of steel wire causing less strain on your structures. Speedline does not damage or discolour the greenhouse sheeting and shade-netting like steel wire does. Speedline absorbs shocks – its elastic memory allows it to return to its initial position. It is non-corrosive and UV resistant.

pH and Moisture Meters – various types of meters for testing the pH and moisture levels in soil.

Plastic Planting Bags – various sizes of plastic planting bags. UV resistant and 100% virgin material.

Various Labels and Bed Markers – for easy identification of seedlings and young plants.

Thermometers – keep track of the temperature variances inside and outside the greenhouse to ensure the optimum growing conditions and climate for your seedlings and plants.

Spring is always a busy time in the greenhouse so make sure that you're not caught off guard and unprepared when the season is in swing.

Contact details

For more information, or to request a quote, contact Graham Vorster at:
MAIL.  gvorster@xtra.co.nz
WEBSITE.  www.plastrip.com

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