Nursery Crop Production
Getting to the Roots - tree production methods for landscape trees.
Tree and Shrub Production Research
- Comparing Production Systems for New England Nurseries
UNH and UMass researchers were funded by USDA to do an economic analysis of three production methods for landscape trees: field-grown, pot-in-pot container production, and in-ground fabric containers. Concern over soil removal from field nurseries was one of the reasons behind this project, but researchers also evaluated how each system affected plant growth, root morphology and cost of production. Field trials were conducted between from 2010 and 2013 in Mass. and New Hampshire.
- Market assessment was part of the production project. A survey of landscape and nursery professionals was conducted to assess attitudes about and demand for bagged or potted trees as alternatives to B&B products. One clear result was that there is high interest in and demand for regionally-grown trees and shrubs. See the survey results.
Read these articles in American Nurseryman magazine for a summary of the results
Costs of Growing River Birch in Different Production Systems (American Nurseryman, Aug. 2014)
Watch these short videos for more information about the project, and to learn how trees are produced in nurseries.
- 1. Comparing Production Systems for New England Nurseries was filmed at the beginning of the research project. Planting methods for each system are shown and the advantages and disadvantages of each production system discussed, including the costs involved.
- 2. Production Methods for Landscape Trees (Fall, 2011) compares field-grown river birch trees with those grown in in-ground fabric containers and in a pot-in-pot system. The root structure and morphology is highly modified by the production system.
For more information about nursery crop production, please contact Dr. Neal at email@example.com.