The PlantInPod system — the current working title for the product — works by insulating plants with foam and enclosing them in a pod like crown with a light and automatic radiator designed to deliver heat into the soil and air.
It ensures plants never fall below a specified temperature which could lead to critical damage.
Fitzgerald said: "We were approaching it from an angle where we were selling a lot of container plants. You wouldn't buy it straight off but when they reach a certain size and would cost a lot to replace it should be ideal."
The specially designed crown protection uses a unique fabric that allows the plant light and air circulation, while the thermometer in the heater ensures the plant temperature stays around 5º. Meanwhile, a light offers a decorative effect, illuminating the crown cover.
The system can be used on containers and specimens that have been planted out. It was developed in conjunction with Swedish company Living Plant and researchers from the agricultural university of Sweden.
The first showing of the product will be at IPM Essen on the 26-28 January. Price points have yet to be finalised.
• For more information visit Fitzgerald's website.
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