Solution for root girdling helps growers produce healthier trees

Root girdling is a well-known and costly problem in the horticulture industry. It starts during propagation and can’t be reversed as a tree matures. Over time, roots circle the trunk, choking and killing the tree.

Tree mortality is a concern for consumers as well. Recently, the City of Edmonton reported that 3,000 city trees die each year. Consumers want to ensure their trees will survive a full life cycle, and there is increasing focus on examining root structures for signs of girdling in the buying process.

RootSmart is a proven solution for root girdling. It is an innovative wall-less, bottomless propagation system that promotes an ideal root structure by preventing root girdling at the propagation stage – when it really counts.

Developed in partnership between Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and A.M.A., RootSmart enables growers to improve propagation practices and become better stewards of their products.

A.M.A. and Vineland are officially launching RootSmart and they welcome you to join them for this event.
  • Date: January 9, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Landscape Ontario Congress, A.M.A. booth #2417, Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J1
Quick Facts about RootSmart
  • Girdling occurs when root growth is obstructed, for example by a growing container, forcing roots to circle back around the root ball.
  • Root girdling can’t be corrected once it starts – even pruning will not change the growth direction of circling roots.
  • RootSmart is grounded in more than 5 years of research from scientists at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
  • RootSmart delivers significant benefits for fruit, nut, and ornamental tree growers that result in better products for end consumers:
    • Reduced mortality rate
    • Increased transplant success
    • Improved crop uniformity
    • Shorter crop cycles
    • Reduced culls
    • Reduced labour costs
    • Healthier, more beautiful trees
  • A.M.A. holds the exclusive production and marketing licence to RootSmart, now available for growers across North America
For more information:
A.M.A. Plastics Ltd.

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