A.M.A. introduces the RootSmart™ Propagation System
Solution for root defects helps growers produce healthier trees
Root defects are a well-known and costly problem in the horticulture industry. It starts during propagation and can’t be reversed as a tree matures. Over time, roots circle the trunk, choking and killing the tree.
Tree mortality is a concern for consumers as well. Recently, the City of Edmonton reported that 3,000 city trees die each year. Consumers want to ensure their trees will survive a full life cycle, and there is increasing focus on examining root structures for signs of girdling in the buying process.
RootSmart™ is a proven solution for root defects. It is an innovative wall-less, bottomless propagation system that promotes an ideal root structure by preventing circling, diving or ascending roots at the propagation stage – when it really counts.
Developed in partnership between Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and A.M.A., RootSmart™ enables growers to improve propagation practices and become better stewards of their products.
A.M.A. and Vineland launched RootSmart™ on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at the Landscape Ontario Congress in Mississauga, ON to a very enthusiastic crowd around our trade show booth.
Quick Facts about RootSmart™
- Root defects occur when root growth is obstructed, for example by a growing container, forcing roots to circle back around the root ball.
- Root defects can’t be corrected once it starts – even pruning will not change the growth direction of circling roots.
- RootSmart is grounded in more than 5 years of research from scientists at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
- RootSmart delivers significant benefits for fruit, nut, and ornamental tree growers that result in better products for end consumers:
- Reduced mortality rate
- Increased transplant success
- Improved crop uniformity
- Shorter crop cycles
- Reduced culls
- Reduced labour costs
- Healthier, more beautiful trees
- A.M.A. holds the exclusive production and marketing licence to RootSmart, now available for growers across North America