following photos show the superb root system of a young manuka
(Leptospermum scoparium) tree ready for planting.
the active white roots all around the root ball. This can only be
produced in a modern forestry tray with active air root pruning all
around the root ball.
in the many years since I first put these root photos on the web, I
notice some of our competitors copying us, holding up trees that look
like they have lots of roots too, and yes they do have a white root
mass, but there will be relatively few actively growing root tips, all
at the bottom and those get disturbed when the plant is
difference is that our root pruning forestry trays from Finland produce
lots of active root tips from the top of the pot all the way down the
sides, not just at the bottom. In addition the roots are not disturbed
at all when transplanted from these trays into the ground, unlike the
disturbance caused when a normal tree is taken from its bag or pot. Our
trees cannot get root bound, they just make more starter roots.
secret is to plant a tree in peak vigour that will continue to grow
every minute it receives sunlight, whether in the nursery , in transit,
or freshly planted. The reason for this is that the root tips are not
disturbed during transplanting, begining to grow from the moment they
get the chance. A soon as they touch the soil they experience more
nutrients, more space, more light, and they put down new roots which
can easily grow 100mm in a week.
normal container grown plants , these manukas have no roots outside the
pot that could get disturbed when the plant is removed from the
container. Not only that, the root structure is well branched from the
top of the container down to the bottom, so there are active root tips
waiting to grow out in all directions, thus ensuring a wind stable tree.
trees do not need staking. This is the most modern system in the world
for producing forestry trees with a superb root structure so they do
not blow over. In addition we condition the tree to make it fat trunked
and short and stocky.
plants have an additional 12 months
fertiliser embedded in the potting mix, so there is no need to
fertilise the tree after planting. Most
nurseries use the minimum fertiliser necessary to grow the tree. We use
the most expensive potting mix per tree of any nursery in NZ because we
want our customers to get the long term results.
manuka plants supplied by Forest Floor have become the NZ
standard for quality, plantability and performance. Survival rates are
higher than with any other grade of plant.
(Kunzea ericoides) comes
in the same format.
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also sell Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) seed and seedlings for
potting up. Contact us for more