Plantra is dedicated (some might say obsessed with) getting your young trees and vines from 25% to 100% of their full growth potential.
For Trees planted in wild settings for reforestation, wildlife habitat, windbreaks or mitigation, going from 25% to 100% means the difference between success and failure- and shortening the time until they are successfully established and on their way to achieving your management goals.
For vines and trees planted in vineyards and orchards, going from 25% to 100% means getting into crop production 1 year faster, reducing the ramp-up period to full yields- all the while reducing labor costs.
Planting: acorns, chestnuts or walnuts
Planting oaks, walnuts and chestnut by direct seeding mimics Mother Nature’s methods. Using Plantra Treeshelters and Weed Mats takes the uncertainty out of the process and ensures success. Fall is the time to think about direct seeding!
Planting: grape vines
Let the #1 grow tube in North America get you into production faster and reduce your costs.
In the early 1990’s vineyard managers discovered the benefits of grow tubes:
- Rapid vine growth and vineyard establishment – you typically harvest your first crop 1 year sooner, and ramp up to full harvest levels faster
- “Automatic” vine training – you save several passes through the field to train vines, since grow tubes guide them to the cordon wire
- Faster, easier & more effective weed control – grow tubes shield vines from herbicide spray and mechanical cultivators, greatly facilitating first year weed control
Planting: shrub seedlings
Tree tubes can be used to protect shrubs during their establishment period so that the damage caused by deer browse is minimized and plant growth is not reduced. Three methods or options have been developed to hasten root establishment and to get the established shrub beyond the deer browse line.
4 foot or 5 foot Vented O-style Tree Tubes. This option provides an extended period of deer browse protection and gets a portion of the plant established above the browse line. After 2-3 years remove the tree tube so that the shrub can grow, spread and sucker in true shrub habit. You may get a funny looking shrub for awhile, but in some cases it may be the only way to beat the deer!
2.5 foot or 3 foot C-style Tree Tubes. In areas with less severe deer browse landowners can use shorter tubes that protect the plant long enough so that its root system is established. Customers have had success when 2.5 or 3 foot tubes were on for one full growing season and the subsequent winter, and then removed for the following growing season. Once the tube’s removed, the plant will spread and should grow faster than the deer can browse it. Also, weed control can be used to increase the plant’s success in establishing quickly.
Deer Guard Repellent + 2.5-3 foot C-style Tree Tubes. Many of our customers use this option because they a.) have budget restrictions so need to purchase a shorter tube and/or b.) desire a shrub with lower branches that are allowed to spread. Deer guard repellents provide supplemental protection of the plant when it’s outside the tube until the plants are completely established.
Planting: fruit and nut trees
Standing in a newly planted pistachio orchard of 20,000 trees, first planted 6 weeks prior as tiny 2 inch tissue culture stock and now uniformly emerging from 2ft Plantra Grow Tubes, we asked the ranch manager how many replants he had to do.
More and more orchards are making the change: Instead of planting large trees and risking the root deformations that often result from the transplanting process, they are planting smaller stock and allowing the trees to develop a healthy root system from the get-go.
Go straight to the orchard with small planting stock – at any time of year – and allow your trees to develop proper radial root structure without spiraling, encircling or J roots Reduce your re-plants, even as compared to large planting stock Get your orchard into production in less time