Two container designs are described that stimulate root branching and prevent root circling during production of nursery crops. In addition, the containers described accelerate the establishment of plants in the landscape and reduce losses. A pallet handling-overwintering-summer temperature modification system is described. This work unit solves several major problems related to container plant production. A root control system for growing nursery crops in the field is presented. This unique fabric container restricts root growth horizontally, but stimulates root branching and carbohydrate accumulation within the root system, thereby allowing transplanting any time and with little plant stress.

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1Paper presented to the Wholesale Nursery Growers of America at the Grower Session of the AAN Convention in San Antonio, Texas on July 14, 1984.

2Professor of Horticulture.