re-using Smart Pots and Roottrappers
As you may have seen from my various posts here and at the Conifers forum, I'm trying to grow a few types of trees, including oaks as well as several types of conifers from seed this year as an experiment.
I plan to grow some of them in Smartpots and Roottrappers to compare the two (as well as the plastic Rootmaker pots, some traditional containers, & possibly a few others like the knit fabric bags) to do an evaluation of growth & post-transplant establishment for various species. A fairly informal experiment but one I will enjoy.
Anyway, is there a way to reuse the fabric pots? The Smartpots and Roottrappers specifically. To get the plant out of the pots, usually it's suggested to cut them, and I've seen people say they staple them back up to reuse. Has anyone tried to wrestle a tree out of one of these pots without cutting the pot? Can it be done without major damage to the rootball and/or excessive swearing?