Whether you’re transporting precious plants a few yards or several thousand miles, you need the right carts and racks to keep them safe and sound.

Your customers expect the best—and you produce the best. But sometimes getting your exquisite plants from the field to the garden is tricky. Shipping throughout the region or across the country requires secure racking systems. And moving plants from the sales yard to the truck—or to the customer’s SUV—means sturdy carriers.

Long-distance or short, there’s a solution here.

Folding cart

Matco’s Big Boy folding cart is two-in-one:It can be used both for transport andfor display of plants. It’s built to hold up to17 shelves and support 48 8-pack flats-hundreds of plants and flowers on display.Wire grid on the sides and back helps to decrease the need for additional wrapping for transport.

Heavy-duty construction means heavy-duty utility; it’s zinc-plated and can support up to 1,500 pounds. Shelf rails are spaced 4 inches apart, and at 43 inches deep, the Big Boy allows for maximum flexibility in configuring your shipping and display requirements.

Plus, the cart is made for easy and stable transport on a forklift. Shelves are sold separately.

For more information: http://www.matcodist.com.

Large transportation cart

The largest cart in Matco’s inventory,the Super Zinc transportation system measures 84 inches high by 57-1/2 inchewide by 31-1/4 inches deep. It’s electrozinc plated for enhanced rust protection and includes three removable shelves. Shelf rests are placed on 7-1/2-inch centers and base.

Rear pockets support forklift tines.The cart folds to 10 inches when the shelves are removed, and you can fit 300 shelves and 100 carts—when folded—into a 48-foot or 53-foot trailer.

Plus, the cart is made for easy and stable transport on a forklift. Shelves are sold separately.

For more information: http://www.matcodist.com.

Recoverable shipping rack

EZ Shipper Racks provides both structures and logistics-load, ship, display and return. Whether you purchase a rack or rent, you’re covered. The company offers two programs as well as the racks themselves: There’s a national, one-way rental program, through which you can ship plants to any authorized customer in EZ Rack’s network. That includes the box stores, nursery chains and quite a few independent nurseries. You can ship young plants to other growers to finish your product.

Or you can purchase a rack that serves both as shipper and display.

With the cost of freight on the rise, EZRack can help you ship more product per load. Racks are 48 inches by 40 inches by 84 inches tall—27 to 30 racks will fit in a 53-foot truck. The racks sit on a standard pallet, flush on the floor. No special equipment or locking system is required to secure them.

Shelves are adjustable every inch and a half, providing nearly limitless flexibility.

EZ Racks are available in multiple sizes and strengths.

For more information: http://www.ezrack.com/nursery.

Flat-Top carrier

Pro-Horticulture’s Flat-Top Carrier is a multipurpose, wheelbarrow-style tool with a number of options to fit your production and retail needs. The 21- by72-inch deck and supporting frame are all steel, hot-dip galvanized after welding for extra strength. The carrier can hold up to seven flats (or 14 with the optional second deck), and it has a whopping 150-poundcapacity.

Sixteen-inch wheels are standard but come in a range of options:

  • 1-wheel, air tire
  • 1-wheel, flat-free tire
  • 2-wheel, air tires
  • 2-wheel, flat-free tires

You can add a second deck for greater versatility: The 21- by 72-inch attachment sits 18 inches above the standard deck and fastens easily with two clamps.

For more information: http://www.pro-horticulture.com.

Tree dolly

Well-balanced for secure maneuverability even with a heavy load, Pro-Horticulture’s Tree Dolly can carry up to 600 pounds. The scoop design assists in loading and moving both B&B and container trees, and a belt retainer makes it easy to secure plants for transport.

The dolly is hot dip galvanized after welding, providing a durable, maintenance-free finish. It measures 35 inches wide by 53 inches high and features a 14-inch-deep cradle.

Sixteen-inch flotation tires are supported by a 1-inch steel axle.

For more information: www.pro-horticulture.com.

Side sliding cart

Able to handle a wide variety of products from bedding plants and perennials to hanging baskets, the Wellmaster 4348SS transportation cart is constructed of all steel that’s hot-dip galvanized and electroplated for strength and durability.

Each cart stands 81-1/4 inches tall when assembled with 77-inch ladders and 2-inch by 5-inch casters; it’s 43 inches wide and 48 inches in length. Load capacity is rated at 1,500 pounds per cart and250 pounds per shelf. Welded-wire shelves can be placed in up to 20 positions; ladders are available in 2-5/8-inch and 3-1/2-inch spacing between rails.

To make sure you don’t lose your racks, each can be equipped with laser-cut or stamped ID plates on the ladders or the base; color-coded on the base, the shelf rail, ladders or the entire cart; roller painted or powder painted; or a name tag can be riveted to the base.

For more information: http://www.wellmaster.com.

Heavy-duty nursery cart

Wellmaster’s heavy-duty cart comes in sizes to fit your truck with a multitude of options: A 24-foot truck with inside dimensions of 94 inches will hold 18 31-inch-wide by 44-inch-long carts or 12 44-inch wide by 46-1/2-inch-long carts; a 26-foot truck will hold 20 31-inch-wide by 44-inch-long carts or 12 44-inch-wide by 46-1/2-inch-long carts.

Made of all-steel construction using mesh or sheet steel, each is hot-dip galvanized and can be custom painted for easy identification.

Shelf options include expanded metal mesh, solid sheet steel riveted, solid sheet steel “quiet shelf,” reinforced heavy-duty with a 2 _-inch lip or custom inserts. They are able to support 2- to 6-inch or 1- to10-gallon containers; or 8-, 10- or 12-inch hanging baskets. Load capacity is 2,500 pounds per cart and 700 pounds per shelf.

For more information: http://www.wellmaster.com.