Plug + 1 transplants are produced by starting with a containerized seedling or plug and transplanting it into the ground for an additional year to grow larger.
Plug+1 transplants are the “Cadillac” of the bare root industry. They start out as small plugs grown in the greenhouse for six months. In early September they are planted into raised beds. There they make root growth that fall, continuing through the next growing season. Fall planted plug+1 transplants have a better fibrous root system than any other bare root tree.
Kintigh’s have a transplant method that is unique. We drill the hole and the tree is simply dropped in. This eliminates the possibility of seedlings with swept roots. Our trees are straight making planting easier. We also have uniform spacing between our trees insuring a large caliper.
Our packaging is closely supervised by the owner, Mark Kintigh, to insure that seedlings are sorted to proper standards. Only the best workers are allowed to operate the root pruning saw to insure the roots are trimmed to the proper length.
Roots that are too long can not be planted properly and too short affect the survival of the tree. We get lots of positive comments about the quality of our trees and the uniformity of the root pruning from tree planters as well as professional foresters.