Just stopped by a field where a customer had planted pistachio root stocks in Wilson Grow Tubes a few months ago, and then field budded them a couple weeks ago.
The trees are looking absolutely fantastic! This system of planting clonal pistachio root stocks in the field with Wilson Grow Tubes, and then field budding them has several advantages:
1. Allows growers to plant smaller root stock plants – reducing planting stock cost, giving more flexibility as to planting time, and allow the trees to develop their roots in situ without further disturbance – while still achieving extremely high survival rates and rapid growth.
2. Provides built-in herbicide spray protection, facilitating weed control
3. Accelerates root stock growth, both in height and caliper, so root stocks can be field budded sooner.