nurseries using Rootmaker pots
A few questions about the "Rootmaker" and "Smart Pots" some nurseries are starting to use.
1. What year did nurseries start using them? They've existed for a long time, but nobody seemed to use them in the trade until rather recently, unless I missed it. It seems a fair number do now, but even just a few years ago, nobody did that I was aware of. Sooner's uses them to some degree and a few local places in Ohio even do now.
2. Are they REALLY that much better?? Do the plants establish faster in your experience? Are they less likely to have rootbound issues or girdling roots?
3. Is it just me, or does it seem that nurseries as a whole are starting to move away from bare root and B&B production to containerized production?