Sven Gleisner spent a week exploring the gardens and learning from some of the best conservation experts in the world. Hosted by Tom Christian, project officer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Sven was able to see the science in action behind conservation efforts at the garden, from overseas seed collection to species documentation and care. Most importantly, he gained valuable insight into why ensuring trees have the best start in life is the best way forward.
RBGE has been using the Air-Pot system since 2007. This revolutionary potting system transforms the way trees grow and develop roots. Rather than forcing the roots of the plant to circle around themselves as they grow, the Air-Pot system encourages growth outwards due to its innovative design. Created from recycled plastic, these reusable sturdy pots have a series of bumps and holes which let oxygen into the soil and promote root growth. The result is a healthy network of fibrous roots that support the development of strong, resilient trees.
Through the conservation work at the RBGE, it is clear that healthy roots are the key to successful planting programs. Cabbagetown ReLEAF is looking forward to continuing its collaboration with the RBGE and Air-Pot to support the reforesting of Toronto.