In-ground Fabric Containers as an Alternative Nursery Crop Production System

  1. Janet C. Cole
  1. Associate professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-6027.
  1. Roger Kjelgren
  1. Assistant professor, Department of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-4820.
  1. David L. Hensley
  1. Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822.


Nursery crops have traditionally been grown in the field and harvested as balled and burlapped or bareroot plants or grown in above-ground containers. A relatively recent product, the in-ground fabric container, has allowed producers to combine advantages of field production with those of container production. The effect of these containers on plant growth, transplant establishment, plant chemical composition, and water relations appears to be species and site specific.

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