What they say about our products:
Len Young, Horticultural Service Supervisor at Hartlepool Council
“The Air-Pot grown trees offered at A. Hill and Sons are superb quality, you only have to look at the root structures and the product sells itself. We have had 100% success in our planting schemes using the Air-Pot containers - they are easy to establish and can be planted at any time of year which is a huge bonus.”
Striving to find the most effective methods for tree production, James Coles & Sons (Nurseries) Limited of Leicester have drawn some exciting conclusions from their initial production trials using the Air-Pot system. Such is the potential that the company is extending the trial into full production over the next 18 months. The faster growth encouraged by Air-Pot systems is cutting both production time and streamlining the production process.
Coles Nurseries offer the highest quality trees for UK landscaping, particularly in those species which are difficult to transplant using traditional methods. The Air-Pot grown range, selected and potted from the best of Coles’ field-grown stock, is showing great promise in the discerning and demanding amenity and landscape markets.
Matthias Anton, Managing Director, Deepdale Trees Ltd, UK
"Deepdale Trees and Air-Pot containers go together. We want to produce the best possible trees to make an immediate and lasting impact in the landscape. And we would never use anything other than the Air-Pot containers to achieve that."
Neil, Bigtrees, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, UK
Hi Jamie, just a quick note, I have just planted out the first of our Air-Pot grown trees in a landscaping job and the rootball results are fantastic.
We grew from field grown rootballed stock, as you advised, and like for like the first year growth is near enough double our expectation.
Really impressed so looking forward to substantially expanding the growing operation next year!
Joel F. Butler, Butler Tree Farm, USA
"For the last ten years Butler Tree Farm has used “starter Kits” from Total Quality Liners (TQL) to produce quality products. As a grower, I recommend TQL for the following reasons:
- Air-Pot products have superior roots. The trees establish much quicker thus enhancing crop rotation which equals more profit.
- Root manipulation means roots are established in a 360° degree radius. Air pruning has eliminated a one-sided root – ball. This keeps the starter tree vertical and is less likely to develop a crooked trunk.
- The Air-Pot increases the number of root tips which enhances the uptake of nutrients and water, resulting in faster plant growth."
Andre Dekkers, Twin Lakes Nursery, Ltd., USA
"Twin Lakes Nursery has found many benefits using the Air-Pot containers that Total Quality Liners has provided with their product. Since receiving three-gallon trees in the Air-Pot containers we have noticed a better root ball and a more vigorous plant. The success rate of keeping a healthy tree over a long period of time has also improved due to the Air-Pot container."
Adam Cannon, Cannon Tree’s Inc., USA
“I buy from TQL for numerous reasons like quality, service, horticultural knowledge, but one of the main reasons is the Air-Pot growing system they use. With TQL Air-Pot container grown 3 gallons you don’t have to worry about circling roots or manipulating the rootball before planting. Even more impressive is the increased growth rate I’ve seen on everything that came out of an Air-Pot container! I’ve been planting TQL’s Air-Pot grown trees for the past 3 years and I have seen at least a 25-30% faster growth rate than any other container I’ve used such as the accelerator, rootmaker, and of course any slick wall container. Here is just one of the many examples, 19 months after we planted TQL’s 3 gallon Air-Pot container Bald Cypress starters we were harvesting 4” to 5” calliper trees… Enough Said!!”
Nick Dunn, Managing Director of Frank P Matthews Ltd., UK
"The Air-Pot container meets the exact needs of the tree by stimulating a vigorous, healthy and natural root system for stress free and rapid establishment from the day it is planted. Who could ask for more? "
Nick Bentley, Arboriculturist/Tree Grower, London, UK
"The speed in which the plant fills the Superoots Air-Pot containers with root is astonishing, and all the species tried so far - even the most difficult species like Juglans and Ginkgo - thrive in it."
former production director, Notcutts Nurseries Ltd., UK
"I first saw Air-Pot containers being used in big numbers at Cherrylake Tree Farms in Florida, where we also looked at pot-in-pot, the accelerator pot and rigid containers. There is no doubt that the Air-Pot container produces the most fibrous root system for successful transplanting, even with coarse rooted subjects such as Crataegus."
Peter Thoday, Principal of Thoday Associates, Landscape Consultants, UK
"In the last few years good nurseries have overcome virtually all the technical difficulties of containerizing large nursery stock except the form and quality of the root systems produced within the containers. Superoots Air-Pot containers appear to solve this problem both at transplanting and in long term. These benefits should prove extremely attractive to informed customers."
Mike Smith, Macgregor Smith, Landscape Architects, UK
"For out of season planting, all the semi-mature trees I have used for recent projects, including Milton Park, in Oxfordshire and Greenside in Edinburgh have been Air-Pot container trees and the quality of the root systems has been superb. I have also been very pleased with the simplicity of the system and the cost, and look forward to specifying smaller trees and shrubs of similar quality in Air-Pot containers for upcoming projects."
Martin Hillier, Hillier Nurseries, UK
"The white easylift bag and black pot have their pros and cons: the handles on the white bag make it easy to carry, but the rooting around is very slow; the compost in the black pot warms up quickly in spring, giving good early root growth, but there is the inevitable root circling.
However, there are no such problems with the Air-Pot container. It produces a superb root system for transplanting. The continual pruning the roots receive in the Air-Pot container produces a mass of fibre with all the root tips facing outwards ready to burst into their new planting medium."
Graham Larby, Managing Director, Willerby Landscapes, UK
"In the past, the quality of stock we demand was only available rootballed, which precluded any summer planting. Now with the Air-Pot container, we can have the flexibility of container stock and even better quality."
You asked me about how our trees is doing during the wintertime here. Here comes an little story:
We are not doing anything to protect the trees during the winter, we have noticed during the years we have had this system that they manage very good without any harm at all!
The only trees I know have had their root damaged because of the cold winter is Malus in sorts, but they can have problems even if they are standing in the normal ground.
Last winter didn’t we have much snow at all (which is a good insulator) and we had a period of 10 days with low temperatures, down to about 15-20 minus celsius degrees. I must say that I was a bit worried at that time about some of the trees, especially the 50 pcs of Gleditzia triacanthos Sunburst 14-16, which is normally a very unhardy tree to be grown here. But they have been in very good shape during the summer and we delivered them to our customer last autumn without any problems.
If these trees had been grown in normal pots I am sure that they hadn’t survived. It is a big difference between an Air-Pot container and a normal pot. It is of course the very much better rooting in the whole rootball, which is one of the answer, the air-pruning prevent the normally big amount of healthy root to be gathered around the root ball between the wall of the pot and the rootball (pot-grown trees) which easily can be damaged by frost. In the "Air-Pot container" are the healthy roots spread all over in the whole ball, it makes the whole rootball very firm and full of roots, which seems to protect against low temperatures. This is the census of the Air-Pot containers, you get a very fast rooting in the whole rootball which also give you very good growing result at the tree during the 1st growing-season! It is normal at least that the trees grow on with one size , some even two!
This is of course no news to you, but I just wanted to tell you abut how we are getting on with the system. I hope my writing in English isn’t to bad so it is possible for you to understand my thoughts.