We have recently expanded our container area to accommodate approximately 500 trees and expect this to be fully stocked by summer 2020. This will allow for year-round sales and greater flexibility for our customers as planting will not be restricted to the lifting season from November to March. Trees are dug up from our fields during the winter months and containerised using peat-free compost.
There are other benefits to containerising trees, as some of the more tricky plants such as the Malus varieties can benefit from being in containers to reduce what is known as ‘transplant shock’. This is the tree’s reaction to being dug up and re-planted, partly because of the change in their environment, partly in response to losing some of their roots during the rootballing process which can lead to them looking rather bare during the first summer after being planted out. By containerising the tree one season prior to planting, this ‘shock’ reaction will be avoided and will ensure the tree looks perfect when planted in its new home.
Container grown trees require daily watering and we do this using our automatic dripping system powered by solar panels.
Due to the unpredictable and changing weather patterns we have installed our own solar-powered, rainwater harvesting system which can store nearly 50,000 litres of water and to support this we have two boreholes ensuring our valuable British grown trees can be adequately watered throughout the year.