Wire Baskets: Why Leave them Intact?

Wire baskets were designed to support a root ball on the top and sides. The top and side wires support the root ball during loading, shipping, and transplanting, insuring the root ball arrives at its planting site intact. They also provide support to the tree during the time it is establishing in the landscape. This support provided by the basket, along with the weight of the root ball, is the reason fi eld-grown trees rarely need to be staked. When wire baskets are removed entirely or the top tiers of wire are removed, the advantage of the weight of the root ball helping to hold the tree in the ground is lost. After removal of the wire the trees will need to be staked (like most container trees are) and will be subject to blowing over during signifi cant storm events.

Where is the most up to date research information on palms, pathology and more?

The University of Florida IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is your best source! A distinctive combination of commercial, urban horticultural, and environmental concerns drives activity at the UF Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center. Unique problems associated with S. FL depend on research, education, and extension efforts focused within this area.

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What is Roots Plus Growers (RPG)?

Roots Plus Growers is an association of nurserymen from around the state of Florida who are committed to increasing the quality and public perception of field grown trees. Their mission is three fold:

* To guarantee the consumer they are buying a hardened-off field-grown tree

*To share new ideas to continually improve tree quality

*To sponsor research and educational programs

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