OF ROOT TRAINERS TO FOREST NURSERIES IN SRI LANKA
Forest Research Centre, Kumbalpola, Boyagane
Use of poly bags for the production of tree seedlings result in several
disadvantages due to distortion of the root system. Poor lateral root
formation, root spiralling and bending of tap root occurs in poly bags
and affects the growth of the tree. Slow growth, poor draught tolerance
and lack of wind firmness are some of the major problems resulting from
the use of poly bags.
A new container called root trainer has been developed to overcome these
Root trainers were introduced to the forest research centre nursery at
Kumbalpola with a view to gain first hand experience on the handling maintenance
and preparation of potting media. The results have been encouraging. A
good potting media suitable for the use in root trainers was developed.
Better root growth was observed in root trainer grown seedlings. Maintenance,
handling and field planting were much easier compare to poly bag grown
seedlings. It is concluded that the root trainers can be successfully
used for the production of tree seedlings.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.