Zwart Systems offers Trough Benching for your greenhouse ebb and flood system that is perfect for many potted plant cultivars.
Rolling or stationary? In the early 1970’s growers that used stationary benches for plant production realized that there was a lot of unused space in their greenhouses. All the space left for walkways was expensive. So, the rolling bench was invented, allowing for just one aisle that could “float” as the benches were rolled over.
Rolling benches for production changed the amount of revenue that customers could get out of each square foot and continue today to keep business owners competitive. We still sell some stationary benches but most of these systems are used in retail situations. We've also introduced a new style, Glider Benches, specifically for the indoor grower.
Trough Benching Overview
Trough benching systems are the perfect ebb and flood system for many potted plant cultivars. Trough tables are made with a slope of 4”/100’. Water is introduced on the high side and flows downhill past the plants allowing the plants to take it up through capillary action. The troughs are gapped to allow airflow through the crop. Water several thousand square feet in just 8 minutes! This system is also used for lettuce production.
- Integration with Recirculation
As growers, we should all be concerned about our environment. Water is a precious resource and in many areas acquiring clean water can be a costly process.
Zwart has been working with growers to recirculate their sub-irrigation water from table systems in a practical way for 35+ years. We have a great deal of experience designing systems that are not only beneficial for our environment but also provide a return on investment for the grower through cost savings in fertilizer, water and labor.
Zwart Systems can bundle a new bench system with a recirculation package, or we can design a recirculation package to work with your existing table system.
Benefits & Features
- Consistent growing conditions
- Good airflow in crop
- More plants per sq ft
- Easy to install
- Fertilizer Savings
- Cost savings in water
- Can be used in lettuce production
- Cost savings in fertilizer
- Labor efficient
- Cost-effective recirculation
- Manufactured using clear-coated white aluminum, making trough a long-lasting investment (double the life of a flood bench)
- Grow product right in shuttle tray
- Adjustable table heights
- Rolling or stationary bench options available
- Anti-tip bracket standard
- Optional heat supports
- Common sizes 7⅜", 9¾" (measurements indicate growing surface)
- Additional sizes available
- Custom designed for your greenhouse
We are enthusiastic customers of Zwart Systems. Recently we purchased a trough system for a 60,000 ft² retrofit for one of our greenhouses in Mt Dora FL. In spite of the serious disruption caused by CV 19, AVG and his team managed to out-perform, and we were able to plant on time. It was designed to be simple to install and all the prefabricated parts fit exactly. For future expansions we will consider using this application again especially for growing in small pots.