Root Maker

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by allinearth, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone have experience with Root Maker Products? Ihave been doing alot of reading on them. The concept sounds pretty good.
     
  2. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    do you mean root starter?
     
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    are you talking about a powder?
     
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Root Maker is a company that creates containers for starting or growing out plants. The whole pemise is a version of air root pruning.
    http://www.rootmaker.com/rmprod.php

    Kirk
     
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wasn't the guy that invented that featured in a trade magazine about a year or two ago?
     
  6. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, seems I did see an article not too long ago. Carl Whitcomb is his name. He also bred some very popular crape myrtles like pink velour, red rocket, dynamite, etc. I'm thinking about trying out some of those containers.
     
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Didn't he just start it out as a hobby at first?
     
  8. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well, not exactly although I'm sure he loves what he does. He was or is,head of hort dept at Univ of Oklahoma. I bought a book of his "plant production in containers". He's been working on those containers for years.
     
  9. Elmos

    Elmos LawnSite Member
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    I mostly use standard type containers but I do use some Root Maker containers. Mostly some 1g containers. They work well. I also use some others by Root Maker but not much. I use some Smart Pots by High Caliper a.k.a. Root Control Inc.. I have been using some EZLift containers too. Trying out some copper/fiber pots also. Have given the Accelerator pots a try but they don't hold moisture adequately. Just planted a tray of Ginkgoes in some 15 oz. tin cans...recycling...as a test. Have used some nylon mesh bags in cinder blocks also. I think I will put more material into the ground in the future but certain trees I will readily put into containers. I'm sure that I left out some that I have used or have stored and am planning to use...oh yeah, one of my favorites along with Root Trappers and Smart Pots...Agro Liners treated with SpinOut. I grow mostly Japanese Maples, Ginkgoes, other Asian Maples and a host of other superior trees.
     
  10. Elmos

    Elmos LawnSite Member
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    Here is one of my favorites, an Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira' in a Root Trapper by Root Maker. I wish I had more of both of them. That's an EZLift behind and to the left with a 'Tamuke yama' in it and behind and to the right is a 'Beni otake' in a 3g Agro liner. Boy some of these Japanese Maple cultivars are sure slow.

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