Root defects, such as circling, diving, ascending or kinked roots, are a costly problem for growers across the industry. These defects start at the early stages of tree propagation and they can’t be reversed down the line.
A healthy tree develops lateral roots that extend as wide as the tree canopy. This healthy root structure supports the tree, ensures proper nutrient uptake, and gives a tree its normal life cycle. When lateral root growth is obstructed, for example by a growing container, the roots begin circling back around the root ball. At this point, even if you prune or air prune the roots, you can’t course correct to change their direction. Eventually they will create an unstable foundation and can kill the tree.
Wall-less and bottomless, RootSmart enables a tree's structural roots to develop in a healthy lateral direction during the propagation stage, when it counts.