Took some pictures of how I had been transplanting young plants. With a pine bark mix it always went well, but with the biochar bare rooting put them into some pretty bad shock. I think the fine roots must have penetrated the biochar and been ripped off… This is basically the same method used to plant strawberries through plastic.
The roots on the biochar grown plants are more fibrous/finer.
I use this Fiskars trowel tool that has a notch on the tip to get a hold of the end of the roots, if they are longer than the blade I trim them.
Then send them home.
That’s all there is to it, here’s a picture of the roots of one of last year’s plants that was in a pine bark mix for comparison, lots of long roots that needed trimming. It had pretty much no shock… but no top growth yet from the graft I put on either.
They are almost recovered after a week, but I worked out a different way to do it anyhow that didn’t shock them much at all and is a little quicker. Instead of bare rooting I tickle the bottom to loosen up the roots and shorten the height to fit, then cut an x in the fabric and take a plug of compost out by forcing in an empty plant band and then just drop them in and pack in a little bit of the compost back in. I can take some pictures if anyone wants, have more to do this week.
Here’s a video from Nourse showing the bare root method on strawberries.