Quick guide to planting cell grown tree saplings
Here are some steps to plant cell grown tree plugs:
- Choose a suitable site for your tree saplings, preferably with good drainage, sunlight and shelter from strong winds.
- Prepare the soil by removing any weeds, grass, stones or debris. You can also add some organic matter or fertilizer to enrich the soil.
- Dig a hole for each tree plug, about twice the size of the plug. You can use a bulb planter or a small spade to make the holes in the ground. It takes seconds.
- Before planting the tree plug into the hole, dip it in some Rootgrow, a mycorrhizal fungi product that helps the roots establish faster and better.
- Place the tree plug in the hole, making sure it is at least 1cm below the top of the soil level. Make sure the sapling is upright and then fill the hole with soil and firm it gently around the base of the sapling.
- Water the tree plugs well after planting and keep them moist until they are established. Do not over water and please do not use wood bark compost or wood bark mulch around the base. Keep an extra eye on moisture levels during summer months.- Protect your trees from wind, pests and vermin by using tree guards, netting or fencing. Tree guards also help supress weeds and grass and encourage vertical faster growth as the central leader stem will follow the light.