Explaining the difference between cell grown tree seedlings v bare root tree seedlings
Cell grown tree seedlings and bare root tree seedlings are two different stages of development for young trees. They have some similarities and differences, such as:
- Cell grown tree seedlings are one or two year old plants that are grown in compost plugs or cells, while bare root tree seedlings are one year old plants that are grown in field beds and have their roots trimmed or undercut .
- Cell grown tree seedlings have a complete and intact root system, while bare root tree seedlings have a reduced root system that is meant to encourage root fibre .
- Cell grown tree seedlings can be planted throughout the year, while bare root tree seedlings can only be planted during the winter months when they are dormant .
- Cell grown tree seedlings are heavier to handle and transport, and more expensive to buy, while bare root tree seedlings are lighter, easier and cheaper .
- Cell grown tree seedlings are more resistant to pests and diseases, and have slow release fertilizers added to the growing medium, while bare root tree seedlings may need more protection and care after planting.
Cell grown tree seedlings are grown in seed trays similar to this Root Trainer below. The design establishes a robust root system and allows for quick and seemless transplanting with no check period and a higher success rate than bare root tree seeedlings.
Both types of seedlings can establish successfully if planted and cared for properly, but they may suit different purposes and preferences depending on the species, site, season and budget.