Rootrainers - Versatile plant growing cells - from George Pilkington•
Posted on 23 November 2010
Another article sent in from www.nurturing-nature.co.uk - thank you George. Rootrainer growing cells, I wholeheartedly recommend. It’s not often that I would recommend a product or sing its praises. Every now and then though, a product comes onto the market that I buy and try. Many are, to be quite frank, rubbish. Rootrainers are different. Canadian professional engineer, Henry Spencer, is the designer. He created them to plant forest tree seedlings. It is obvious that he knew what he was doing and what was needed to achieve a genuinely first rate product. Rootrainers have been designed to open and close like a book. Each book contains 4 or 5 cells and each cell grows one plant or tree.
The hinged book allows for easy root inspection, moisture checks and seedling removal. The closed books fit snugly together and several can sit side by side inside a clever little tray which holds them securely. Each cell contains vertical ridges which encourage roots not to spiral. Instead they form a good fibrous downward growing root system, whilst protected in the rootrainer prior to planting out. Upon reaching the aeration hole at the bottom, they are ‘air pruned’. This basically means that the roots stop growing downwards when they meet air. As a result the plant produces more lateral roots inside the cell. If they were not air pruned, they would continue growing downward and along the bench, floor or wherever they were being grown. This would make it very difficult to remove from the cell.
Initially, they are expensive (as many patented products are) and a bit fiddly to clean. However, when you consider that I have had some rootrainers for 6 years, then the price pales in significance. They are so versatile, from acorns to peas, runner beans to onions all of which can be successfully grown in rootrainers. They do represent excellent value for money. Purchase different sized cells to cater for different plants, trees etc. Get your Rootrainers here, and have a look at other information from George on his website, www.naturing-nature.co.uk Growing cells
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