Zwart Systems designs greenhouse Ebb and Flood Benches that are sophisticated, come in varying lengths, and provide a cost-effective solution to an ever-changing market.
Ebb & Flood Benching
Ebb and flood benching has been around since the 1950’s when benches were made of concrete and were stationary. Benches today are much more sophisticated, come in varying lengths, and provide a cost-effective solution to an ever-changing market.
FDA-approved PVC polystyrene trays are inserted into our standard bench systems. Whether you are growing mini 2” potted Kalanchoes or dealing with the large planter pots, ebb and flood benching is flexible enough to allow almost any potted plant to get sub-irrigated.
Ebb & Flood Overview
This is the first step towards recirculation. This system will lend itself to saving water, reducing labor, and enhancing crop quality.
- Ebb and flood, or drain to waste?
There are times when ebb and flood benches are used solely to collect run-off water from a crop that has drip irrigation. At some greenhouse operations, the base system is small, and the ownership may be unsure if it is fiscally responsible to recirculate. The water collected is minimal and an argument could be made if it makes financial sense to reintroduce the lesser amount of water into the system or drain it to waste. There are many considerations when deciding whether or not to recirculate water. Is this a seasonal issue? Is there a lot of fertilizer being wasted? Is water expensive in your area? Will the government mandate zero waste?
The team at Zwart can help you navigate these questions and more to decide if it makes sense now or if it will in the future and prepare a greenhouse system that can be adapted to Zero runoff systems.
Benefits & Features
- Durable, rugged construction
- Automatic even watering
- Easy assembly
- Easy to clean
- Aluminum or stainless steel construction
- Ebb and Flood or drain to waste
- 6-inch leg height adjustability
- Various size options
- Rolling, stationary, or gliding options available
- UV stable
We are thrilled with our new flood benches. We love the design and the benches were simple to assemble. Some might say a bench is a bench, but it's a long-term investment and we wanted to be sure to get the best design for our greenhouse. Zwart Systems came to our location to help us find a benching solution that would best fit our production needs. We couldn’t be more pleased with our new benching, the integrated water storage, filtration and complete water recirculation system. Partnering with Zwart System is the best decision we could have made. Our crops have improved a lot and our customers are happy. Thanks to the Zwart team!