Today I’m going to throw up a post that’s a little link-heavy, but I encourage you to follow these links because they show how prevalent the technology is that I discuss. And a trip to the garden center will quickly show how infrequently this technology is used.
Why the heck do we still buy plants grown in containers using 1950s technology? I was reading Bert’s post this week about how to treat container grown trees before planting and also considering a somewhat similar experiment which I conducted about a year ago (stats are in and support my points in that article), and I couldn’t help asking, why do we put ourselves through it?
The technology is out there for us to produce great root systems by using new types of pots that have become available over the last few years. Look up High Caliper Growing System, Rootmakers (which also includes RootTrappers — we’ve been using these for years), Smart Pots, Superoots, — and there are other systems out there too – all of these systems greatly reduce circling roots and are relatively easy to use.
Do we ask for record players or black and white TVs when we go to the electronics store? No! We want MP3 players and big flat screens. So why are we content with plants grown in containers that come straight from 1954 in our garden centers?
If we would just start to demand that garden centers and nurseries provide container grown plants with better root systems we’d get them – because they are out there. But we need to be proactive or we’ll be stuck in the past forever.