The trend for nut and fruit tree crops is to plant small, potted stock with grow tubes as compared to the old method of larger bare root stock. This reduces planting costs, eliminates transplant shock, and accelerates the time table to first harvest.
We’ve been following an almond block that was planted in January with small potted grafted trees. Here’s how the trees looked on February 4, 2013:
And here are two photos taken on March 19:
And here’s how the block looked yesterday, May 1:
By the end of the season these trees will be bigger and healthier than the larger (and MUCH more expensive) bare root trees that have traditional been planted in the past.