Use plastic bottles instead of polybags for reforestation (Willem Van Cotthem)

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Instead of using polybags for growing saplings, we grow young trees in plastic bottles.  After cutting off the bottom part of the bottle, thus setting the young roots free,  we plant the sapling with the remaining part of the bottle still around the rootball.  Thus, the roots remain undisturbed.  They continue their growth, even in very adverse conditions.  Survival rate is almost 100 % and reforestation a complete success.

PHOTOS : Young avocado sapling grown in a plastic bottle.  Bottom of the bottle cut to set the young roots free.  Then the sapling with the rest of the bottle planted to let the rootball undisturbed in the plant pit.  The sapling continues its growth almost immediately.  Survival rate is maximal. (Photo WVC).

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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