Frustrated by the slow and inefficient results of planting celery by hand, Ben Poll along with his two brothers, Henry and Louis, designed and built a small self propelled transplanter. Their planter was not only faster and easier than planting by hand, it planted celery better than hand planting, resulting in a higher quality crop. In 1927 the brothers quit farming and began the Holland Celery Planter Company. Throughout the years, as farming technology evolved, so did transplanter designs. More than celery, todays transplanters are also used for most fruit and vegetable crops, including strawberries, cauliflower, onions, lettuce and melons. Now, there are models for tree seedlings, tobacco, and flowers, plus additional equipment for preparing seed beds and handling mulch.
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