More fodder for the great root debate

Unfortunately I can’t put this into the comment thread for Jeff’s post since it involves a link.  Bonnie Appleton sent her 2007 American Nurseryman article on root washing that readers might find interesting.  Thanks, Bonnie!

Can’t resist…must add photo…

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Linda Chalker-Scott

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and a Professor in the Department of Horticulture, and holds two affiliate associate professor positions at University of Washington. She conducts research in applied plant and soil sciences, publishing the results in scientific articles and university Extension fact sheets. Linda also is the award-winning author of five books: the horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener (2008) and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010) from the University of Washington Press and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science – Practical Application (2009) from GFG Publishing, Inc., and How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do from Timber Press (2015). Her latest effort is an update of Art Kruckeberg’s Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest from UW Press (2019). In 2018 Linda was featured in a video series – The Science of Gardening – produced by The Great Courses. She also is one of the Garden Professors – a group of academic colleagues who educate and entertain through their blog and Facebook pages. Linda’s contribution to gardeners was recognized in 2017 by the Association for Garden Communicators as the first recipient of their Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award. "The Garden Professors" Facebook page - "The Garden Professors" Facebook group - Books:

2 thoughts on “More fodder for the great root debate”

  1. That is a nasty root system! We rarely see root systems like that here in MN (at least not on a B&B tree) — most of our B&B trees never see a container. I must admit that if I suspected a root system like that I would strongly consider bare-rooting. That's the paper from Bonnie Appleton that I remember — it's worth pointed out that the other paper which I linked to (which is more recent) in the other comment string modifies the sentiments expressed in this article somewhat.

  2. Just wait until next week! Wouldn't it be interesting to do a nationwide study to see how root quality varies from area to area?

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