At Brunswick Nurseries we are following
a trend in nursery stock production in Canada away from traditional
field growing of trees and shrubs in favour of what's called
Container Growing. Simply put, that is the growing of nursery
stock for its entire production cycle in pots. We start with
seedlings in tiny plugs, and move them into 1 gallon, then
2 gallon, and so on until sold. The growth rate is amazing,
and there is no disturbance to the roots from digging or transplanting,
so container grown plants have near perfect transplanting
success, and are less-stressed or set-back than traditional
We have about five thousand plants in production
now, flowering shrubs, and native evergreens and hardwoods.
In quantity lots, these plants are considerably cheaper than
larger individuals in the garden center, making them economical
for naturalizing large areas, and creating hedges and privacy
screens. Not only cheaper, they are easier to handle and plant,
and have a near-perfect success rate.
From a farming perspective, Container Growing
is logical too. Way more plants can be produced per acre,
and poor ground is as suitable as rich ground, as the plants
are raised in man-made potting mix. Natural soil is not taken
from fields, weed control and winter protection are much easier,
etc etc. It makes sense in every way!