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“We rely on RediRoot to help us grow the best possible container liners and give our customers the greatest chance for success with a liner that will take off with new growth.”

-Carl Bouldin

Bouldin Nursery & Greenhouse’s Top RediRooted Benefits

Contact Bouldin Nursery & Greenhouse

Phone: 931-668-9339
Email: mailto:bouldinnursery@hotmail.com

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About Bouldin Nursery & Greenhouse

Established in 1981 Bouldin Nursery & Greenhouse is a family-owned and operated nursery specializing in growing quality container liners. In the years since they have opened their doors the Bouldin’s have worked tirelessly to implement processes that ensure they deliver the strongest, healthiest plants to their customers. 

Terms of the Trade

Liners: Liners refer to a young tree that is sold to another commercial grower where it continues to grow before being sold to a consumer.

Container liner: A container liner is a liner grown in a container or pot.

Success rate: In this article, the success rate refers to the number of trees that survive the transplant process.

Air-pruning: Air-pruning, or air root pruning, is a process that stimulates a plant to grow new fibrous ‘feeder’ roots. This process occurs when more mature roots are naturally pruned by light and air as they reach the sides of a RediRoot planter.

How Bouldin Nursery & Greenhouse Uses RediRoot:

If you were to look through the Bouldin catalog you would find a letter to their customers which boasts that Bouldin tree liners have a success rate in the high 90%.

In the nursery industry, where an average success rate often sits at 70%-80%, a success rate of over 90% is huge and the repercussions go beyond adding to their customer’s bottom line.

Bouldin works tirelessly to provide its customers with these consistently high-performing liners. They understand that a strong root system is a key component to achieving high success rates.

Bouldin looks for specific signs of root development to let them know a tree is ready to send to a customer. They want to see numerous root tips, secondary roots, and a non-spiraling root system. That’s where RediRoot comes in.

Bouldin grows in RediRoot Commercial Air-Pruning Containers. Air-pruning encourages the growth of ‘feeder’ roots, known as lateral roots. The lateral roots are responsible for delivering water and nutrients to plants and trees. The air-pruning process also keeps the roots from circling or spiraling, increases root mass, and allows for greater flexibility in planting timelines.

Because Bouldin also ships their liners in RediRoot they further add to their customer’s success. Plants shipped in RediRoot do not experience unnecessary transplant cycles, their roots are protected during shipping, and there is increased flexibility in the planting timeline than a bare root or rootbound liner.

Comments from RediRoot

In the time we have worked with Bouldin Nursery & Greenhouse we have been continuously impressed with their attention to detail. Pictures show the beauty and cleanliness of the nursery itself. What you don’t see in a picture is how meticulously they maintain everything from the equipment they use to the plants themselves.

While the Bouldin family would tell you they just try to operate a good business what we see goes beyond that. They are intentional about what they do and as a result, they have been able to shrink the ecological footprint for themselves and their customers while maximizing the economic benefit.

By doing what they can to ensure a high success rate Bouldin has maximized its own success and has been able to minimize watering cycles and nutrient use which helps protect our natural resources.

At the same time, their customers have to replace fewer trees which means they save money- not just on the cost of liners but on labor, input costs, and shipping. Less shipping is a benefit we all enjoy because less shipping equates to fewer emissions.

Go Bouldin!

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Lifestyle Farms is RediRooted

We love using RediRoot for the ability it gives us to feed and water plants multiple times a day without fear of root rot.
-Rob Schultz, Director of Operations

Green Choice’s Top RediRooted Benefits

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Lifestyle Farms

Email: rob.schultz@lifestyle-farms.com

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About Lifestyle Farms

Lifestyle Farms is a tier 2 cannabis producer in Portland, Oregon with a focus on cultivating a wide selection of quality flower. Lifestyle Farms is a one-of-a-kind full-spectrum indoor grow facility that features eight rooms and the capacity to flower more than 3,000 plants at a time.

Lifestyle Farms is more than just a brand- its a mission to provide products that enhance the experience of each consumer’s lifestyle.

Tools of the Trade:

Containers: Solid wall (4” Pots) during cloning and early veg, RediRoot for veg through flower

Watering: 2-3 watering cycles per day

Lighting: Full spectrum lighting with metal halide

House Strains: Ultraviolence, Terminator, Blueberry Muffin #4, Black Jack, Wedding Cake, + more.

Average grow cycle: 8 weeks in veg, 8 weeks in flower for an average 16-week cycle

How Lifestyle Farms Uses RediRoot:

When Lifestyle Farms began using RediRoot it was largely for the superior drainage RediRoot provides. They knew the superior drainage would encourage faster drying times, allowing them to increase their number of daily watering cycles to maximize their plants’ nutritional uptake. As more nutrients make their way to the plant the result is more buds, more bud density, and ultimately more weight.

Over time, Lifestyle has embraced RediRoot and found a number of benefits they were not expecting. In all, Lifestyle has been able to cut an average of 3 weeks off of their growing cycle, reduce soil and energy costs, and let’s not forget about the estimated 30% higher yield per sq. ft.

Before RediRoot: Before using RediRoot, Lifestyle Farms was growing plants from start to finish in traditional solid wall pots (starting in a 1-gallon and finishing in a 15-gallon).

Challenge: Lifestyle Farms was looking for ways to stand out in the oversaturated cannabis market. They wanted to improve efficiency and encourage faster growth in their plants to stay competitive.

Solution: With RediRoot, Lifestyle Farms is able to produce a larger plant with more bud density in a smaller pot with fewer steps. This helped to cut production costs by approximately 25%.

With RediRoot Lifestyle is able to finish in a #5 (about 3 gallons dry volume) with better results than they experienced with a 15-gallon solid wall pot.

To put it simply, RediRoot allows Lifestyle to grow more with less. More buds, more flowers, more weight. Less labor, less soil cost, less time.

 

Comments from RediRoot

Lifestyle Farms is a place of constant innovation and improvement; they are excited about what they are doing and it shows. By combining a number of growing methodologies Lifestyle stands out with premium flowers, unique strains, and effects designed to pair with your lifestyle.

Being on the farm itself is a pleasure. With a group of motivated growers that take great care with their plants. The entire Lifestyle team is extremely friendly, relaxed, and takes pride in what they do. The result is a chill vibe that makes a person want to leave their desk job.

If you are 21+ and live in Oregon you can try Lifestyle Farms at these dispensaries around Portland;

Deanz Greenz

Oregon’s Best Buds

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Spotlight on Native Forest Nursery https://rediroot.com/spotlight-on-native-forest-nursery/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:02:38 +0000 https://rediroot.com/?p=3960

“Our work is all about all about root production.  Root health, volume, and architecture dictate the degree of success in every project we are involved with.  With so many factors beyond our control such as weather, site conditions and planting quality, we want to do everything we can to stack the deck in our customer’s favor.  We know that when we finish our plants in Rediroot that we are sending our customers the best root systems money can buy.”

-Chad Casselman, Native Forest Nursery

Native Forest’s Top RediRooted Benefits

About Native Forest Nursery

Located at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Chatsworth, GA is Native Forest Nursery. Since 2008 Native Forest has specialized in growing native hardwood trees and shrubs for the conservation, mitigation, restoration, and nursery industries.

In all, Native Forest grows over 100 varieties of trees & shrubs while producing more than 150,000 RediRooted container trees along with 5 million+ hardwood seedlings, 2 million+ pine seedlings, and 30,000+ field-grown liners. That’s a lot of trees.

Tools of the Trade:

Propagation:
Native Forest propagates the majority of their liner stock in house utilizing a variety of methods such as bare-root, tree bands, and field-grown liners.

 

Seedling:
After the propagation phase Native either sells the trees as seedlings or continues to grow them out in either the field or in RediRoot. For their container trees, Native uses RediRoot Commercial Air-Pruning Containers in sizes #1, #3, #7

 

The Results:
Because of Native Forest’s extensive propagation efforts and close attention to root health they are able to consistently offer a large selection of high-quality plant material.

How Native Forest Nursery uses RediRoot:

Native Forest Nursery has roots in the conservation and mitigation industries where root health is extremely important to the success of any given project. Many projects will not use trees that have circling roots because root health is so important. Project managers know that eventually, the circling roots would strangle and kill the tree or shrub.

Native uses RediRoot to avoid circling roots in their container plants. RediRoot works by stimulating a plant to grow significantly more fibrous ‘feeder’ roots than a solid wall container. This process is made possible as more mature roots reach the sides of the container where they are naturally pruned by light and air. This ‘air-pruning’ signals the plant to send out more lateral roots.

Native Forest Nursery believes that combining their passion and experience with RediRoot’s air-pruning technology provides their customers with the highest quality trees and shrubs money can buy.

It is hard to argue with results! Native Forest Nursery’s Chad Casselman tells of an experience where he visited a completed restoration project. 100 of Native’s RediRooted 3-gallon White Oak trees had been selected and planted along a local riverbed. When visiting the site 1 year later these trees were consistently showing an impressive 3-4 feet of new growth.

If you would like to learn more about what Native Forest Nursery does on a day to day basis we would highly encourage you to check out their website and social media (shown above).

Comments from RediRoot

It is obvious to us that the team at Native Forest Nursery is passionate about growing the best possible trees. They specifically choose RediRoot to give their container-grown trees the best possible start. They also make the effort to hand dig their field-grown trees in order to protect and preserve the roots. Across the board we see them working hard to deliver quality trees that will stand up to the tests of time.

 

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RediRoot helps plants and trees grow stronger healthier roots which leads to stronger healthier plants. Now featuring products for home gardeners and commercial growers.

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Spotlight on Green Choice https://rediroot.com/spotlight-on-green-choice/ Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:00:34 +0000 https://rediroot.com/?p=2269 “We really liked the taller thinner profile of RediRoot. It makes it easier for us to fit more plants into our space while still giving us the soil volume and root development we are looking for.”
-Amanda Ford, Lead Cultivator

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Green Choice Farms is RediRooted

“We really liked the taller thinner profile of RediRoot. It makes it easier for us to fit more plants into our space while still giving us the soil volume and root development we are looking for.”
-Amanda Ford, Lead Cultivator

Green Choice’s Top RediRooted Benefits

Contact Green Choice

Green Choice Website
Phone: (503) 395-4920
Email: info@greenchoicefarms.com
Social: @greenchoicefarms

About Green Choice

Green Choice Farms is a family-owned and operated cannabis production company based out of Canby Oregon. They have a conservation mindset, a dedication to implementing green practices, and a commitment to producing a quality cannabis product. Green Choice Farms consistently works to improve production practices, be good stewards of the land, and maintain an attitude of lifelong learning. By experimenting, testing, and disclosing their findings, they work to promote goodwill and transparency in an industry which has traditionally strived for discretion and concealment.

Tools of the Trade:

Containers: RediRoot for final 1-2 weeks of veg through flowering. Solid wall for clones and first 3-4 weeks in veg

Watering: Drip irrigation every 6-8 hours on average

Lighting: Fluence by OSRAM

House Strains: Cornbread, Ethereal OG, Alien Ice Cream, Buddha’s Sister, Skunk #1, Northern Lights #5

Average grow cycle: 7-11 weeks

How Green Choice uses RediRoot:

Green Choice has incorporated RediRoot to help manage some of the challenges that exist in commercial production:

Before RediRoot: Green Choice was using fabric grow bags because they allowed for excellent aeration and air pruning resulting in strong root development and plant health however they proved difficult to clean which meant a longer than desired turnaround time. 

Challenge: With their environmental commitment, Green Choice needed a potting solution that was re-useable and still provided excellent aeration and root pruning. In addition, they needed something that could help them reduce the time and labor needed for turning over a room of plants.

Solution: RediRoot provided the team at Green Choice a tool that provides an ideal environment for root development while maximizing turnaround times. Now Green Choice can turn over a room in 2-3 days- a process which includes harvesting, pulling the root ball, saving soil to amend for future use, cleaning the pots with a borax and vinegar solution, and finally replanting and resetting the room. The transplant process is also a breeze now that they can scoop and fill vs the hand-filling they were doing with fabric.

Comments from RediRoot

We are consistently impressed when we visit Green Choice.

The biosecurity measures they have implemented are excellent. Everyone works to maintain the health and integrity of the grow before entering. Walking into Green Choice is reminiscent of walking into a college lab. With their high standards related to biosecurity, we were surprised to see that they were recovering from a thrips outbreak on the day of our visit (which just goes to show how determined nature can be). 

We know from talking with growers that pest management is a common concern so we asked Amanda Ford, Green Choice’s head grower, how she thought RediRoot’s slatted container design impacted their experience. Overall, Amanda did think the outbreak likely spread faster with the open nature of RediRoot, but she also felt the beneficial insects used to manage and eliminate pests were able to spread more quickly as well. Overall she was happy with how they were working through the outbreak.   

We appreciate and have been incredibly impressed by the staff at Green Choice. They are a small team that has incorporated an attitude of lifelong learning. Every time we visit this small grow we hear about the learning process of working with plants. We can see how they are implementing that knowledge because they are also constantly making improvements to the grow itself as well as the property that surrounds it as they work on their mission to grow sustainably. Beyond their staff education, Green Choice works with a company called High 5 Tours who specializes in cannabis tourism and offers day trips to learn more about Oregon cannabis (think winery tours but for cannabis). Tour groups come to Green Choice to see firsthand how a commercial grow operates and gain insight into how cannabis makes its way to the shelf of a dispensary. Making them educators as well as lifelong learners.

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RediRoot helps plants and trees grow stronger healthier roots which leads to stronger healthier plants. Now featuring products for home gardeners and commercial growers.

Get RediRooted!

RediRoot helps plants and trees grow stronger healthier roots which leads to stronger healthier plants. Now featuring products for home gardeners and commercial growers.

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How to Enjoy Your Fall Garden and Get a Head Start on Spring. https://rediroot.com/how-to-enjoy-your-fall-garden-and-get-a-head-start-on-spring/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 23:27:31 +0000 https://rediroot.com/?p=1877 We put our heads together to come up with a comprehensive list of things you can do in your yard this fall- whether it is your first fall garden or your 10th we hope this article will be a valuable resource for you- don't forget to get your printable fall garden list available at the end of this article.

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How to Enjoy Your Fall Garden and Get a Head Start on Spring.

By: Jeni Lee, RediRoot

We put our heads together to come up with a comprehensive list of how to enjoy your fall garden and get a head start on spring.

In the garden, for the garden

A number of things can and should be done around the yard this time of year to help a garden run smoothly. Fall gardening helps safeguard the health of perennials, clean the garden, and otherwise prepare it for the coming seasons. Ultimately fall gardening is a secret to making your spring chore list lighter and protecting your garden investment.

Autumn by Ben Martin via Flickr

Tree & Shrub Maintenance

Fall is the best time for both pruning and transplanting woody plants such as trees and shrubs. The plants are getting ready to go dormant at this time so pruning and planting during fall provides woody plant material with a chance to rest and recover before winter sets in fully. 

If you are looking to purchase new trees for your yard, this can also be a fantastic time to visit your local garden center to see what they have available for fall.

Mulch

Mulch in the fall is a great way to prevent erosion that may occur in harsh winter weather. It also helps to protect roots during freezing temperatures. You can mulch with a variety of materials including; peat, compost, straw, leaves, and bark. Think about what type of plants you have when you are preparing to mulch. If you are mulching around hydrangeas or blueberries, for example, you might use pine bark or needles which are more acidic than straight compost.

Note about fall mulching:
Mulching is generally a good practice but be intentional, if you have a section of your garden that features primarily self-sowing plants mulching around them can inhibit germination in spring.  

Mulched Bed by Malcolm Manners via Flickr

Compost

Due to the nature of fall, it is a great time to compost. It is a time for cleaning out the garden and much of that material, along with leaves and kitchen waste can go straight into the compost. Chicken manure is another great addition to compost. You will want to avoid adding plants that have gone to seed or show signs of disease, dog or cat feces, and meat or meat byproducts. Make sure your compost bin is in a sunny place if possible since heat helps create an ideal environment for the microbial activity that breaks down compost. If you are looking for more in depth information about composting, Gardening Know How has a plethora of articles available. 

Note on using chicken manure:
Because chicken manure is high in nitrogen it is considered ‘hot’ and can burn the roots and leaves of your plants if it does not have time to break down. Adding it into compost gives it time to break down properly before it goes to the garden.

 

Saving Morning Glory Seeds by anneheathen via Flickr

Saving Seeds

If you are interested in saving seeds let blooms of flowering plants dry out completely. Once dry, put the flowers in a brown paper lunch bag and give them a shake- this is generally enough to separate the seed from the flower. You can discard the bloom at this point and put seeds into an envelope marked with the type of seed, color (if applicable), and the date.

Perennial Care

Fall is a great time to plant perennials so if there are any you have your eyes on it is not too late! If purchasing new perennials look for signs of plant health such as healthy foliage and roots. While you can’t see the roots in their nursery pot look at the bottom of the plant and try to purchase one with no visible roots.

Existing perennials in your yard may benefit from deadheading (pinching off dead flowers), cutting back, or separation. If you are unsure if your plants benefit from deadheading or being cut back a quick Google search may be helpful but we also really liked this list from The Spruce. If you have perennials that are outgrowing their current space consider separating them into two plants. Simply dig up as much of the root ball as possible, look for a natural division in plant growth, then pull apart and replant.

Indian Blanket by Jerry via Flickr

Annual Care

As annuals stop producing make a plan to remove them from your garden. You may choose to replace them with some fall-friendly annuals or you can fill that space with mulch to prepare for next year’s garden.

Bulbs

Now is the time to dig up summer-blooming bulbs and save them to replant for next year. It is also the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, crocus, and more.

Gardening via Pixabay

Miscellaneous Care and Prep

If you have plans to expand your garden fall can be a great time to begin that process and provide the added benefit of lightening your spring workload. You can fence off a new area, add a new bed or lay a barrier such as cardboard or weed cloth to kill grass and weeds.

General Clean-Up

Ensure fertilizers and amendments are stored in a clean dry place, all tools are put up, and miscellaneous garden items are secured. This process is well worth the time it may take and there is a certain comfort in having everything in order and knowing you have what you need for the coming seasons.

Fall Planting

There are a fair number of plants that will grow and thrive in the increasingly cool months that usher in winter. By implementing elements of year-round gardening often referred to as succession planting you can keep your garden producing well into fall and even winter, depending on where you live.

   Fall Vegetable Planting by Joe Lamp’l via Instagram

In the Vegetable Garden

A number of vegetables not only do well in the fall but some grow better than other times of the year. Many fall vegetables can (and some should) actually be started as early as August. These include cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts among others. If you are behind where you want to be in your planting some garden centers, and specialty growers carry starts specifically for fall gardens so you can skip planting by seed. There are also plenty of fast-growing plants that can be sown in September. Here is our shortlist:

 

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Bok Choy
  • Swiss Chard
  • Peas
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Garlic (plant in late fall for spring harvest)

Cabbage by Rafael Saldana via Flickr

Once you have an idea of what you’d like to plant we recommend looking at fall planting guidelines for your specific zone and from there just have fun with it.

If you have kids this is a great time to get them into the garden- they are a little less distracted by summer activities and for those already in school, it is a great way to connect with them and catch up on the day to day happenings in their life.

 

In the Flower Garden

If it is color you are after in fall there are definitely some plants that will deliver. Some of these start blooming in late summer and keep going through fall, others are fall-blooming annuals or have other fall interest.

Asters by Lenora Enking via Flickr

Asters (perennial, zone 4-8)

Asters are a fall garden staple. Their bright daisy-like flowers bloom well into fall bringing a bright cheery pop of color to your garden. There are many varieties of Aster’s from the short compact varieties to tall growing types that also look beautiful when cut and used in flower arrangements.

Dahlia by Mark James via Unsplash

Dahlia (bulb, zone 7-10)

Memories of Dahlias at the pumpkin patch always come to mind in fall. They are such happy blooms and beautiful to look at. One important note is that dahlias are a bulb that you should dig up at the end of fall after a frost. It is possible to leave them in the ground over winter if you live in an area with more temperate winters but if you are unsure- err on the side of caution.

Cosmos by Ray Hennessy via Unsplash

Cosmos (annual, zone 2-11)

Cosmos will bloom until the first frost hits, they are playful blooms that would look right at home in a bouquet of wildflowers and if you look for them you can find a plethora of colors.

Stonecrop (perennial, zones 3-9)

Sedums such as Stonecrop (above) are not only hardy but they have really beautiful pink to red flowers that come on in late summer to early fall.

Pansies by James Petts via Flickr

Pansies (perennial often grown as annuals or biennials)

We often see them in spring but many do not survive the summer heat. These flowers like cooler temps and when planted in fall you can enjoy their blooms- often up until a hard frost.

Hordeum jubatum (Foxtail Barley) by Matt Levin via Flickr

Grasses (perennial)

Grasses offer the potential for year-round interest and blend beautifully in to flower beds. Check out Foxtail Barley, Japanese Blood Grass, and Big Bluestem Grass for starters or head to a local garden center that has a variety of grasses that will perform well in your area.

   Toad Lilies by Farmington Gardens via Instagram

Toad Lily (perennial, zones 4-9)

This one is a new one to us but I had to share after seeing it on Instagram. It has beautiful blooms that continue into fall. The blooms look like a cross between an orchid and a lily. We think they are beautiful!

Abutilon by Jungle Rebel via Flickr

Abutilon (perennial, zone 9-10)

While abutilon may not be winter hardy everywhere they are a beautiful compact broadleaf evergreen with bell-shaped blooms that look quite tropical. They bloom well into fall and they are generally happy in containers so you can overwinter them indoors and put them outside again in early spring.

Hamamelis in Woods by Peganum via Flickr

Witch Hazel (deciduous shrub, zone 5-8)

This amazing fall shrub can have a tendency to look a lot more tree-like than shrub-like. There are fall and spring-blooming varieties of witch hazel but your local garden center should be able to point you in the right direction if it is fall color you are after. The autumn blooming varieties begin to put on flowers just as the leaves start to turn color. Blooms range from bright yellow to red-orange and they look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book- in a good way. The blooms are whimsical and fun while the shrub itself displays beautiful branching and a bright sunny color during a time of year that tends to get a bit gloomy.

Additional Resources

There are a lot of great resources out there but the Missouri Botanical Garden’s website is worth a mention. We used it as a resource to verify the hardiness zones of plants listed in this article and quite honestly wish we had come across it sooner. They have a plant finder tool that will allow you to search all kinds of parameters including your zone and the flowering times of different plants. Check them out and if you have a favorite garden reference please share it in the comments.

 

Garden Centers In Fall

Garden Center by Christin Noelle via Unsplash

In a way visiting a Garden Center in fall is like going to a peaceful plant oasis. The summer crowds are largely gone and you have the time and space to look around freely.

Beyond avoiding crowds fall garden center trips generally provide you with access to knowledgable staff, treasures for fall decorating, and of course sales. Because the most popular gardening season is ending garden centers are working to sell a surplus of the plants they have left. The photo below from Al’s Garden Center in Oregon highlights their fall sale as the “biggest sale of the year” and they are not alone.

Using RediRoot & Other Planters In Fall

RediRoot planters all feature a cutout design that brings oxygen to the root zone to support root health. When keeping plants or trees in RediRoot through the fall and winter you may want to take certain precautions to help ensure that your plants stay healthy despite the cold weather- this is actually true of all container planters.

Photo by RediRoot 

Plants in planters are much more susceptible to cold weather than plants in the ground. This is mainly because they have the potential to freeze and thaw multiple times in the winter which puts additional stress on the plants.

To give your plants the best potential to come back you need to protect them from the elements to some extent. Planters that are hardy to a zone or two above yours generally overwinter just fine in your yard. We suggest moving the planters under the patio or closer to the house, out of the wind and elements. You can also mulch around the planters or wrap them with wool for a bit of added protection.

If you have plants that are hardy in your zone but not zones colder than where you are located (i.e. you live in zone 8 and have a plant hardy to zone 7 or 8). You can overwinter these plants in your unheated garage. This minimizes temperature fluctuation which can help protect your plants.

Whichever method you use to help protect your planters this fall and winter you will need to make sure your plants have access to water. Try to ensure that they are watered but not staying wet for too long. This will help to avoid root rot. Also, avoid fertilizing these planters until spring as you want the plant to be dormant through the winter.

Finally- if you have tropical plants that enjoy being outdoors during the summer you can often move them indoors for the winter quite easily. Begonias, cardamom, alocasia, orchids, and cacti are all examples of this.

We hope this offers you a few new ideas about the opportunities in your fall garden. If you have any thoughts or are interested in a feature about your garden reach out to us grow@rediroot.com

About the Author

Jeni Lee works for RediRoot as our Asst. Director of Marketing. She has a love of plants, and enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and houseplants.

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Plant Propagation Aeration, Your Missing Link to Super Charged Crop Transplants. https://rediroot.com/plant-propagation-aeration-your-missing-link-to-super-charged-crop-transplants/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:56:22 +0000 https://rediroot.com/?p=1742

By: Erik Biksa, Grozine Magazine

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Propagation Aeration Explaination

Plant propagation aeration is all about providing your plants with increased aeration to the root zone from the very beginning of the growth process. This is important because, just as with any race in life, a strong start counts at the finish line. Healthy plugs and transplants are no different. Plants with a strong start will yield better quality and heavier crops later on. By maximizing plant propagation aeration, young plant roots have more access to oxygen and breathe more freely. Transplants will develop sturdier, hardier, and more quickly while avoiding common propagation problems like damping off and insects that occur when a plant is weakened by warm, water-logged conditions.

RediRoot aeration cell trays and containers are designed and grower-proven to give rooted cuttings, young seedlings, and grafts more free air to breathe around the stem and root system while improving drainage characteristics. Most plant types need higher moisture levels when they are young to prevent dehydration because they don’t have an established root system to keep up with the demand placed on them from the growing environment, whether outdoors, in a greenhouse, or a grow room.  However, roots love oxygen—keeping the soil or soilless mix saturated with water fills up all the air space in the media, and when combined with warmer conditions can starve young plants of oxygen, making them prone to common propagation diseases or other issues.

Have a look at the RediRoot cell tray insert design (above) and the type of roots they help to produce.  Also, note the healthy and sturdy green growth they help stimulate. This is no accident. Here are the key ways improved plant propagation aeration helps to produce a better transplant for growers:

Ambient Oxygen for Roots

Because the roots are not confined by a material that restricts breathability, such as conventional pots and inserts, the moist growing media and root system are free to exchange gasses like CO2 and oxygen with the surrounding air (just like you).

Improved Drainage

When containers or cells have solid walls and just a few small holes or narrow slits for drainage, the growth media tends to remain water-logged for longer and moisture pooled at the bottom of the solid portion of the container is freestanding and becomes anaerobic (stale, lacking oxygen), creating a source for problems like root disease. The ability to irrigate more often without risking overwatering is a big advantage—falling water droplets recharge the air pockets in the growing media with oxygen (roots just love oxygen).

Natural Growth Hormone Production

Notice in RediRoot aeration cells and containers that roots tend to “branch” rather than growing one long root that continues to “spin out” between the wall of the container and the growing media in search of air and better drainage. Root tips produce hormones called cytokinins.  These naturally occurring hormones help plants develop and produce bushier and tighter growth up top, creating a sturdier and more resilient transplant. Avoiding soft and stretchy growth when producing high-quality crop transplants is a must.

 

Next time you decide to start new plants or transplant your plugs or rooted cuttings think about aeration and how to give your plants more oxygen at the roots.  Plant propagation aeration can have a very strong influence on the health and development of the plants or transplants you grow. Best of all, it’s practically free, ie. oxygen from the air.  RediRoot aeration containers and cell trays are priced competitively versus standard solid wall products and are made with sturdy non-toxic materials that are BPA free and ensure a long and useful service life for growers. RediRoot aeration containers and cell trays are also available in a wide array of sizes and configurations so you can customize your transplant program for the best results possible, every time you grow. 

About the Author:
Erik Biksa has been writing about and discussing hydroponics growing, related technologies and cropping methods since 1999 in a variety of professional publications and platforms globally Erik has traveled the world learning and teaching modern growing techniques and technologies and is appreciated by many growers for his informative yet hands-on approaches. Presently, he is the Editor at Grozine Hydroponics Mag.

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Repost: 8 out of 30+ Organic Techniques in the Garden https://rediroot.com/repost-8-out-of-30-organic-techniques-in-the-garden/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 18:35:28 +0000 https://rediroot.com/?p=1642 Tips and techniques for an organic garden with useful information you can apply whether your garden is fully organic or not. Written for beginners but it is a great reminder for more advanced gardeners as well. Quick read with lots of images.

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8 out of 30+ Organic Techniques in the Garden

By: gardeningsteps2, Gardening Steps

Original Article

You can start your organic garden by following these great techniques to enhance the healthy growth of your vegetables as well as to maximize the production. What are these great tips that you need to know?

Companion Planting

Companion planting deals with the love and hate relationship among the plants. They also have this kind of connection when it deals with the neighboring plants. This companion planting is the best way to ensure the healthy growth of the plants as well as to discourage any insect pests.

Start with Organic Pest Control

You can learn how to control your insect pests by using more organic substances or materials. Learn how to deal with it once you start your organic garden.

Fight the Garden Pests Naturally

Try to avoid using unnatural sprays to get rid of the insect pests. There are lots of natural ways to do it. You can learn how to make some non chemical pest controls right away.

Herbs

You can grow some herbs in your garden to enhance the health and look of your garden. You can also use these herbs to improve the quality of your food. You can choose the suitable herbs which can be very useful to get rid of some insect pests from your garden. You can also make use of these herbs plants to protect your vegetables or flowers.

Besides being very effective to protect your vegetables or flowers, herbs are very useful as natural repellent of any insects. You can find information on certain herbs which can repel flies, mosquitoes, moths, and other pests.

Raised Beds

You can create your own raised beds as the planting media. In general, raised bed is only a box that is filled up with soils as its planting medium. You can make a custom raised bed depending on the space that you have in the garden. When using the raised bed, you will be able to control your plants or crops more effectively.

Make Organic Compost

You can make your own compost as it is very useful for your garden. Compost is very good in feeding the plants, helping the water conservation, cutting down the weeds, as well as keeping the food waste from the landfills.

Choose Suitable Plants

You need to determine the suitable plants or varieties that you can grow in your garden. In general, you need to choose the plants that can adjust very quickly to any soil quality, drainage, moisture, or light. If your plants are happy, they will become more resistant to any insect pests.

Plant Crops

If you want to plant the crops that you want to harvest later on, you need to group these crops into one location that you will not walk on. When you group the plants altogether, you also manage the water waste and weeding.

About the Author:

Gardening Steps is a gardening blog with an extensive number of articles written for home gardeners looking for gardening tips and ideas.

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RediRoot Brings Commercial Growing Techniques to Home Gardeners and Houseplant Lovers https://rediroot.com/rediroot-brings-commercial-growing-techniques-to-home-gardeners-and-houseplant-lovers/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:27:29 +0000 https://rediroot.com/?p=1599 Damascus, OR, February 18, 2019: “We are super excited to introduce RediRoot to home gardeners. Since 2007 we have been providing commercial growers and agricultural farmers with a variety of air-pruning products that have helped them grow plants with healthy roots. Now plant lovers of all kinds can benefit from the same process in an […]

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RediRoot BREATHE Press Release

Damascus, OR, February 18, 2019: “We are super excited to introduce RediRoot to home gardeners. Since 2007 we have been providing commercial growers and agricultural farmers with a variety of air-pruning products that have helped them grow plants with healthy roots. Now plant lovers of all kinds can benefit from the same process in an attractive package.” says Tom Springer, the Director of Product Development and Founder of NurserySource LLC. RediRoot is unveiling the new planter, which they call, RediRoot BREATHE, at the Garden Center Executive Summit in Denver, CO. on February 18.

BREATHE is a decorative, Instagram worthy, planter that also offers a variety of benefits to plants. The main feature is a process called air-pruning which refers to the pruning effect that air has on roots when they become exposed to it. RediRoot’s planters allow aeration to happen at the sides of the root zone, pruning the root tips which reduces circling roots and signals the plant to produce more lateral roots. More roots means the plant is going to absorb water and nutrients more efficiently. The air flow also helps the soil, or growing medium, to dry evenly- reducing problems such as root rot and other diseases that may impact the overall health of your plants.

RediRoot BREATHE features a decorative cutout design inspired by the Japanese wave pattern known as Seigaiha. “I have always been a fan of Japanese design and a lover of all things related to water, so the Seigaiha pattern was the first thing that came to mind for this planter. It works so well with the idea of flow, and specifically the flow of air.” explains Sara Hogarth, who created the design for the planter.

RediRoot BREATHE will be available for limited release as early as May 2019. If you are interested in this product, or any other RediRoot product, you can contact RediRoot directly through their website rediroot.com or by calling 800.654.2116

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About NurserySource

RediRoot is a product of NurserySource, a product development and manufacturing company. RediRoot and NurserySource are focused on helping cultivators create and implement customized solutions that fit their needs.

We believe that by providing cultivators with the tools they need we can support their day to day operations, helping increase their overall efficiency and maximize profits.

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Repost: RediRoot Aeration Pots Review https://rediroot.com/rediroot-aeration-pots-review/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:32:08 +0000 https://rediroot.com/?p=1270 We love ‘em (RediRoot)! It seems they saved our beautiful crop of sunflowers from potentially serious problems or at the very least improved production where we would have otherwise expected diminished results due to poor conditions outdoors. Looking at the roots as a final inspection in the floral phase of this crop, they look thick, healthy white and vibrant with no signs of discolouration or rotting as may have otherwise occurred.

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RediRoot Aeration Pots Review

By: Erik Biksa, Grozine Magazine

Original Article

October 2018

Aeration Plant Containers, Gimmick or Great?

For the purpose of a conducting a real world RediRoot Aeration Pots Review, we opted to pot up our crop of soilless dwarf sunflowers growing in a side by side trial into RediRoot #3 pots. We’ve heard from various growers, both in hydroponics and using traditional soil growing methods that they were achieving better yields and crop quality in their harvests simply by switching the type of container they used for their final transplant and by watering or fertigating accordingly.

While sounding like an easy way to get better results, we had to wonder “Can a plant container type really make a difference in crop performance, given the same volume capacity to hold a substrate like coco or peat mixes”? i.e. a 3 gallon pot is a 3 gallon pot.

What’s a RediRoot Aeration Pot?

An aeration pot or container works like a conventional plastic or clay pot in the sense that it holds a specified amount of growing media and has holes at the bottom for drainage. What sets an aeration container part from a regular container is that the sidewalls and bottom are considerably more open for drainage and aeration, ie Breathable.

Consider that in nature the soil breathes quite freely, ie for draining excess moisture away, prevents heat build up around sensitive roots and allows for healthy gas exchange, ie roots breathe in oxygen and stale used air can escape.

Conventional plastic pots restrict all these natural and beneficial processes that occur in soil. A further disadvantage to regular plastic pots is that they promote “Spin Out”. This occurs when roots are trying to grow and branch—however, when they hit a solid surface with no air exchange, they just keep winding downwards in search of air and do not branch extensively.

That’s part of the reason why in regular plastic pots and nursery containers we see most root growth in a circular pattern growing between the pot and the soil rather than actually through the soil.

As you can see from the open mesh like construction of RediRoot aeration pots, the sidewalls and bottom of the pots can breathe and drain more freely. The advantages claimed are that roots will branch rather than spinning out, filling the entire container with healthy thick root growth rather than just the space between the pot and the growing media. More roots means more fruits.

Experienced growers know that when a growing media can be watered more often without risk of staying too wet, crop performance is improved. Each crop watering or fertigation not only provides water and nutrients; it also adds dissolved oxygen for roots to take in while pushing out stale and depleted air pockets from the soil.

Greenhouse Growing RediRoot Aeration Pots Review

For our RediRoot aeration pots review we decided to use their #3 pot, which holds a similar amount of grow substrate as a regular three gallon pot, in both our Control and Treatment blocks of plants we were growing out to asses the efficacy of using a specialty Fulvic Acid product. We grew Dwarf Sunflowers, which we started in late Summer, anticipating a Fall Harvest of flowers or oilseed (sunflower seeds, ie bird feed).

The two blocks of plants consisted of nine plants each, spaced approximately one plant per square foot. The plants were potted up in the RediRoot aeration containers using a premium ready to use coco coir and were drip fed with Elite Garden nutrients from a reservoir filled with EvolutionRO filtered water in a drain to waste application. While one of the blocks of plants received Fulvic Acid as a treatment, all other factors were maintained equal.

Aeration Pots in the Heat

Initially, the greenhouses climate was hot with lots of ventilation as we were still growing in summer months. Irrigation frequency was relatively high—we were typically applying one litre of nutrient solution per pot daily or every other day depending on the intensity of natural lighting conditions.

We loved how readily the aeration containers drained and breathed. Because of the improved drainage and breathing we could water more often, to push the crop for more growth and development during optimal conditions. It also meant that out crop roots would not be sitting in warm stagnant pooled water inside the container, so less risk of root diseases or developing fungus gnats.

Aeration Pots in the Cold

As things cool off late in the season here in the Canadian Pacific NorthWest the outdoor climate can be cold, damp and dark very quickly-making a great test for our RediRoot Aeration Pots Review. This began to occur just as our crop of heat loving sunflowers has fully formed some gorgeous looking flowers on thick healthy and green leaf covered stems. This can spell disaster or poor performance from what could otherwise be a great crop—we’ve seen it before: when it gets ugly outside, root remain wet and cold with little light to stimulate the plants. Crown rot and root rot are not uncommon when things shift this quickly.

While we have some control over the environment in the greenhouse with Summit-Lighting SUM315 ceramic metal hailed lamps, heating and ventilation, plat roots tend to stay wetter and cooler because of outside conditions.

The final couple weeks of nail biting paid off—we were able to keep the crop moving forward to full blooms because we could still fertigate, while not as often, due to the increased level of drainage and aeration our crop of sunflowers was getting from the RediRoot Aeration pots.

If the crop had been potted in conventional containers we would likely have encountered problems with stem or root rot—even with drastically reduced watering that would have also slowed growth and development to a crawl.

Final Summation in RediRoot Aeration Pots Review #1

We love ‘em! It seems they saved our beautiful crop of sunflowers from potentially serious problems or at the very least improved production where we would have otherwise expected diminished results due to poor conditions outdoors. Looking at the roots as a final inspection in the floral phase of this crop, they look thick, healthy white and vibrant with no signs of discolouration or rotting as may have otherwise occurred.

We intend to grow a future crop, side by using RediRoot containers versus conventional pots to reinforce what we have already learned and experienced—stay tuned!

Company: RediRoot.com

Product: RediRoot Aeration Pot #3

Description: Sturdy, well made 3 gallon nursery pot with an open mesh webbed design on sidewalls and bottom that provides a more open structure for root drainage and breathability versus standard plastic nursery pots.

Advantages:

-around same cost as standard container or pot
-sturdy, thick construction; withstands real world use
-plastic does not appear to fade or get brittle in sunlight
-keeps growing media, ie coco in the pot very well while allowing lots of air exchange and drainage
-allows for more frequent irrigation to push growth
-helps prevent root rot and stem rot

Not So Much:

-not a thing

Grozine Rated: 5/5

 

 

About the Author:

Erik Biksa has been writing about and discussing hydroponics growing, related technologies and cropping methods since 1999 in a variety of professional publications and platforms globally Erik has traveled the world learning and teaching modern growing techniques and technologies and is appreciated by many growers for his informative yet hands-on approaches. Presently, he is the Editor at Grozine Hydroponics Mag.

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Things To Consider When Using RediRoot https://rediroot.com/things-to-consider-when-using-rediroot/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:32:06 +0000 https://rediroot.com//?p=1106

Things To Consider When Using RediRoot

Article by: RediRoot Staff

When people see a RediRoot container for the first time they often slow down and do a double take. We get a lot of different responses after that. Frequently people ask if it was designed for hydroponics, some ask how to use it, some ask what it even is- and once in a while, someone tells us what it is and why it will or will not work. The truth is that RediRoot is far from traditional- you are not likely to find it in your mother’s garden but if you do- I definitely need to meet your mother.

The presence of slats on the sides of a container designed to grow plants does raise questions at first (see our FAQ’s) so we thought we would address some of the most common considerations for growers who are trying to decide if RediRoot would be a good fit for them. Let’s jump in-

 

What type of growing media would I use in a RediRoot container?

The majority of our customers actually grow with a soil mixture of some kind when using RediRoot. You could also utilize less traditional media such as Growstones or clay pebbles. When you talk to our team members we generally suggest looking into coco coir based mixes. Coir mixes tend to work very well with RediRoot because of the way it expands into the container after the first watering.

If you already have a mix that you use and love, try it with RediRoot, most (including coir) will lose a little additional soil during the first few waterings and then regulate. If you are using a fine mix you may need to adapt it slightly or use a RediRoot liner.

How will RediRoot change my watering schedule?

Honestly, we have some customers who say they do not have to change a thing and that is fantastic, we love it when the transition to using RediRoot is so seamless. That being said, RediRoot is designed to grow dense fibrous roots. Those fibrous roots are where a plant takes in the water and nutrients required to grow. Between increased root mass and the slats in RediRoot, you may benefit from adjusting your watering schedule. At the end of the day, you really just watch the plants and respond to them just like you would in any container.

For the Home Gardener: I find RediRoot easy to incorporate into my gardening. I check on my plants daily, a practice I had established long before I ever used RediRoot. You may water them slightly more than the plants growing in the ground or in a solid wall container but not much, perhaps 1-3 extra waterings a week. If you are already checking in with your plants daily you really shouldn’t need to change anything significantly for our fabric or plastic containers.

Where I do notice an increase in watering frequency is when I use RediRoot propagation to start my vegetables and herbs. With the propagation, I usually water in the morning and evening but on an especially hot day or windy day, young plants in the propagation trays may benefit from an additional watering. Another trick I use if I know it might be a while until I can water again is to put plants into a kid-size pool filled with an inch or two of water (enough to reach the bottom slats on a RediRoot container) this has worked well for me and the plants seem to enjoy the easy access to water.

For the Commercial Cultivator: Every operation is unique but in most cases, some increase in water is required.  This may be more pronounced late in the growing cycle when the increased number of fibrous roots, created by the air root pruning process, make the plants very efficient at pulling moisture out of the soil media. To understand more about how to incorporate RediRoot into your business we offer free consultations with our cultivation specialists which provides an opportunity to ask questions and get feedback that applies specifically to you. We also offer a sample program for commercial cultivators that will allow you to see and experience how RediRoot will work for you.

Will temperatures impact my plants more in a RediRoot container?

Honestly, for the most part, there is not a lot of difference to how plants respond to temperature in a RediRoot container versus how they respond in a traditional solid wall container. In high temperatures, RediRoot can be a benefit over a traditional black solid wall container because the slats allow for airflow, helping to prevent high root zone temperatures. In cold temperatures, you will want to find a way to insulate or reduce the impact of the cold on your plant’s roots.

For the home gardener: Hot or cold, we suggest you watch your RediRoot plants in the same way as you do with all of your containers. When it is hot be prepared to give them an extra drink if they look a bit dry. In the cold, you can use a variety of methods to help protect your plants. Consider mulch or depending on how cold it gets in your area you can simply bring the container close to your home where temperatures tend to be slightly warmer. You can also try heeling them in, which is a process of protecting the plants by covering the root zone with some type of media such as dirt, sawdust, or bark to help them maintain temperature through the winter- in the spring you remove the media and put the plants where you want them.

For the commercial cultivator: Whatever systems you currently have in place to manage temperature should be compatible with RediRoot. If you have specific concerns then you can always feel free to reach out to our team, we would be happy to help.

What size container should I use?

One of the nice things about RediRoot is that you have some flexibility with your container sizes. We have found that many plants and trees can safely use one container size smaller than they can in a solid wall container and still achieve the same growth. This is because the roots are not circling and the fibrous root system will continue to mature and bring nutrients to your plants. This is great if you have limited space.

For the home gardener: I would suggest purchasing a RediRoot container in the same size that you would have chosen for a solid wall container. That way you can rest assured it will work for your needs. Over time as you watch how the plant is growing you can look forward to an increased period between transplants and you can truly see how it compares to what you are familiar with.

For the commercial cultivator: RediRoot can often help you increase the number of plants you are able to grow in your available space. By maximizing your space you increase efficiency as well as plant production. Our cultivation specialists are excellent at understanding how to use RediRoot in a way that helps you get the most out of your space and from RediRoot.  

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