What are cell grown trees?
Cell grown trees are trees that are grown in containers or trays of compost cells, rather than in the ground. They have a complete and intact root system (cell grown plant plug) that allows them to be planted almost all year round and to establish quickly in the soil. Cell grown trees are often used for forestry, landscaping, hedging and environmental planting .
Some of the benefits of cell grown trees are:
- They can be planted in any season, except when the ground is frozen or waterlogged.
- They have a high survival rate and low transplant shock.
- They have their root system entirely undamaged.
- They start growing right away as there is no "check" period.
- They are easy to handle, transport and store.
- They are free from pests and diseases and comply with biosecurity standards.
- They are suitable for a wide range of species and planting objectives.
Some examples of cell grown trees are:
- Noble Fir, Nordman Fir, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Serbian Spruce, etc. (conifers)
- Field Maple, Norway Maple, Sycamore, Italian Alder, Common Alder, Grey Alder, etc. (broadleaves)
- Crab Apple, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, etc. (shrubs and hedging plants)
Below you can see some Aspen tree seedlings which have been cell grown - you will be able to see the plugs which have been removed from the cell grown trays that the seedlings are grown in.