2010-08 Avocado sapling planted with bottle

Improve survival rate when planting tree saplings

Photo credit: WVC 2010

2010-08 Avocado sapling planted with bottle

 

Plant seedlings with their plastic bottle

A video on growing seedlings (saplings) in plastic bottles and planting the saplings with their bottle.

https://youtu.be/fcv7j5r3oJk

2010-08 Avocado sapling after planting it with bottle (Photo WVC 2010)
2010-08 Avocado sapling after planting it with bottle (Photo WVC 2010)

In most cases, the rootball of seedlings is severely damaged at transplantation.  Grown in more or less ideal conditions in classical plastic bags in a nursery, they are transported to the field, where the bags are cut open and the rootball roughly handled, whereby almost all the fine absorbing roots are broken.  When seedlings are grown in plastic bottles or pots, this damage is avoided.  Young saplings show a survival rate of almost 100 %.  A few examples to show details of this method.

It would be nice if you could give it a try !

 

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.