Production practices for tree propagation

Developed through a partnership between Vineland and A.M.A. Horticulture, RootSmart – a research-based solution to root girdling – was introduced in early 2018.

Vineland has just launched a guide to help growers incorporate the RootSmart system into their production practices for tree propagation.

The guide touches on various aspects of production including:

  • Selection of proper growing media and tips on watering, handling and timing of the production cycle
  • Instructions on transitioning to containers (shelf-life of shifting liners, root correction and container selection)
  • Directions on transitioning to the field (soil preparation, weed management, irrigation and seasonal planting considerations)

RootSmart is a wall-less, bottomless propagation system promoting ideal root structure during the early stages of container plant production. The system helps growers increase their profitability by producing healthier trees.

The guide is available to download here.

For more information:
Darby McGrath, PhD
Research Scientist, Nursery & Landscape
905-562-0320 x766

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