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STEP 1 - Prepare The GyroCup™ or GyroSnap™

Gloved hand folding in GyroCup
Gloved hand folding GyroCup inwards
Gloved hand holding GyroCup ready for plant growth

STEP 2 - Choose germination technique

The GyroCup™ and GyroSnap™ are compatible with all indoor irrigation technologies. The technique chosen should be based on the crop type, work flow and irrigation technology. There are two categories for early stage growth -  germination in the GyroCup™, or germinate separately and transfer to the GyroCup™.

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GyroCup with seedling growing in hydrogel

GyroCup & Hydrogels

  • Use agar gel in powder form (which is available online e.g. Mr. P Agar on Amazon).

  • Use a combined heater+magnetic stirrer (or microwave) - mix 2-5 grams agar powder per litre of water and heat until bubbling vigorously, stirring half way through, then cool to set.

  • If using water crystals or Xanthan gum, mix water+powder in recommended ratio to form gel.

  • Either by scooping or using a giant syringe, inject around 0.5cm^3 of gel in each GyroCup, positioning it as close to the bottom as possible, place a seed on top of the gel - not inside it.

  •  Keep the tray filled with water to maintain the gel's moisture and prevent drying out. If using a propagation environment, leave the tray in a propagation chamber for seedlings to develop and keep moist in required. Note -If using an ebb & flood, aeroponic or DWC system, the GyroCups can go straight onto the main growing system to germinate instead, as long as the gel is kept moist by your irrigation technology.

GyroCup with seedling growing in middle

AUTOMATION COMING SOON

Underneath tray root growth of plants in GyroCup
Leafy green plant

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Leafy green plant

GyroCup™ & seed tape squares:

  • Sprinkle seeds onto a strip of 1 ply tissue, layer another strip of tissue on top and make wet. Break off approximately 1cm*1cm squares (ensuring a seed is within in), and insert it as low as possible, without force, into each GyroCup. Note: You can also buy ready made seed tape.

  • Position the seeded GyroCups in a propagation tray filled with water, ensuring water level reaches the seed tape area. Wick action from the GyroCup and tissue will keep seed moist. Or simply use a water spray.

  • Allow the seedlings to develop. If you're using a high humidity propagation chamber, keep the seed tape moist. Leave the GyroCups in the germination chamber until the seedlings develop. Note: if using an ebb & flood , aeroponic or DWC system, the GyroCups can go straight onto the main growing system without the need for a propagation chamber, as long as the seed tape can be kept moist by your irrigation technology.

 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray
Underneath tray root growth of plants in GyroCup
GyroCup with seedling growing out of seed tape

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 Plants growing in GyroCup tray

GyroCup & large seeds (including pelleted seeds and split pill seeds):

  • For certain seeds like legumes and pelleted seeds & rhizome (5mm+), you can place them directly inside the GyroCup into a propagation tray filled with water, ensuring the water level reaches the just spray water. Note: You can also place legume seeds directly into the GyroCup and then directly onto an aeroponic, ebb and flood or DWC system, if desired.

  • Spraying from overhead is also an option, keeping a thin layer of water in the tray at the bottom.

 

Underneath tray root growth of plants in GyroCup
Leafy green plant growing in GyroCup under LED light
Leafy green plant growing in GyroCup

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GyroPlant 

NURSERY COMING SOON

GyroSnap & small seeds

  • Note: GyroSnap fits best in a 28mm hole, however a 30mm hole can also be used.

  • Place the GyroSnap in a propagation tray or rack with the water filled to a level so that it touches the bottom of the GyroSnap. Additionally you can pipette a few droplets of water inside the GyroSnap or spray water from above into the GyroSnap to make it moist inside. The water will be held in my surface tension.

  • Drop the seed inside (non-pelleted / non-split pill seeds are best for GyroSnap). 

  • Watch the wicking action bring water up to the seed for germination. This is assisted by placing the additional droplets inside the GyroSnap. 

  • Grow all the way from germination to full growth. 

  • Note: ideal for easy to grow light leafy greens with small seeds. 

Underneath tray root growth of plants in GyroCup
Small seed in GyroSnap
Leafy green plant growing in GyroSnap
Leafy green plant

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GyroCup & seed tape lengths

  • Place 5cm strips of seed tape with a seed embedded at one end.

  • Feed the seed tape though so 3cm dangles out the bottom.

  • Either place in a tray with a layer of water which meets the bottom of the seed tape and wicks up the seed, or place straight into an NFT system.

Leafy green plant growing out of GyroCups
seed tape
 Plants growing in GyroCup tray
GyroCup plant roots
GyroCup wicking technique water NFT system

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GyroCup Pre-germinated seeds - sprouting jar

  • For certain seeds, you can germinate in a high density sprouting jar, and then use the GyroCups for the main growing to harvest. This method is only suitable for large seeds like legumes. Once the sprouted seed is place in the GyroCup, it can be placed in a further propagation environment, before being placed in the main growing system.

Sprouting jar
Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray
Underneath tray root growth of plants in GyroCup
 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray under LED light

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GyroCup & pre-germinated seeds & plant tissue culture 

  • Using agar gel in powder form (which is available online e.g. Mr. P Agar on Amazon).

  • Use a combined heater+magnetic stirrer (or microwave) - mix 2-5 grams agar powder per litre of water and heat until bubbling vigorously, stirring half way through, then cool to set.

  • If using water crystals or Xanthan gum, mix water+powder in recommended ratio to form gel.

  • Allow gel to set in a tray, approximately 3-5mm deep. 

  • Place seeds evenly apart on the gel surface. 

  • Allow seedlings to form. If you're using a high humidity propagation chamber, keep the gel moist. 

  • Scoop/pick out each seedling with a small amount of gel still on it, and place into the GyroCup for further growing on main growing system.

Seedlings
 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray
 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup
Underneath tray root growth of plants in GyroCup

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 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray

GyroCup & pre-germinated seeds from tissue

  • Sprinkle seeds onto a sheet of tissue paper and make wet. Ideally on individual pads, but a sheet will be fine.

  • Allow the seedlings to develop. If you're using a high humidity propagation chamber, keep the seed tape moist. Leave the GyroCups in the germination chamber until the seedlings develop. Note: if using an ebb & flood , aeroponic or DWC system, the GyroCups can go straight onto the main growing system without the need for a propagation chamber, as long as the seed tape can be kept moist by your irrigation technology.

Seedlings in tray
Underneath tray root growth of plants in GyroCup
 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray

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Seedling tray

Pre-germinated seeds in water tray: 

  • Fill tray with a 0.5-1mm layer of water at the bottom.

  • Place seeds evenly apart, approx 2cm apart. 

  • Place in propagation environment or place tray on top of a heated mat.

  • Once seedlings have formed to a height of 2-5cm, pick up seedlings and place into the GyroCup. 

  • Place GyroCup with seedling onto the main growing CEA system. 

  • Ensure the roots are fed regularly (for Ebb and Flow, every 1/2 to one hour), any hydroponic system can be used once once the root mass has developed from propagation. 

 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup
 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray
 Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup tray

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Person holding leafy green plant growing in GyroCup

Cuttings and runners:

  • Sprinkle seeds onto a sheet of tissue paper and make wet. Ideally on individual pads, but a sheet will be fine.

  • Allow the seedlings to develop. If you're using a high humidity propagation chamber, keep the seed tape moist. Leave the GyroCups in the germination chamber until the seedlings develop. Note: if using and ebb & flood , aeroponic or DWC system, the GyroCups can go straight onto the main growing system without the need for a propagation chamber, as long as the seed tape can be kept moist by your irrigation technology.

Person holding leafy green plant growing in GyroCup
Person holding leafy green plant growing in GyroCup
Leafy green plant growing in GyroCup

STEP 3 - Transfer seedlings to main growing system

Place the cup with seedling onto the indoor growing system. For DWC, ebb & flow and Aeroponic systems, you can (if preferred) place the seeded GyroCups straight onto system without placing in germination area first, as long as there is enough moisture for the seeds. Aeroponic systems are ideal for this process, mitigating the need to transfer plants. Please get in touch and we can advise. 

Leafy green plants growing in GyroCup NFT system
Person holding leafy green plant
Leafy green plant
Leafy green plant

EBB AND FLOOD

AEROPONICS

DWC

NFT

GyroPlant AUTOMATION TOOLS COMING SOON

STEP 4 - Harvest

Once your plant is ready for harvest, cut head and pull the plant out from the bottom, no need to invert the GyroCup or GyroSnap back to its star form. 

Person holding leafy green lettuce plant
Person holding leafy green lettuce plant

STEP 5 - Clean and re-use

To clean GyroCup or GyroSnap, rinse in warm water or use a hydroponic/dish washer.

 

If required, invert the GyroCup to spread prongs and rinse.

Gloved hand washing GyroCup

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