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Continued: Minneapolis, St. Paul try simple tubes to help grow young trees

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 12, 2013 - 10:48 PM

“I tell people, ‘While all children should be adopted, if you had your choice, would you adopt a 6-month-old, a 6-year-old or a 16-year-old? Which one would adapt better to your family?’ ” he said. “And it’s the same with trees — a tree that grows from a seedling in place, or at least a small tree in place, is going to adapt better to its new home.”


Maya Rao • 612-673-4210


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  • Video: Tubes used to grow trees in urban places

    Monday August 12, 2013

    The City of Saint Paul, the University of Minnesota and Plantra team up to help grow trees around Minnesota...

  • At Newell Park in St. Paul, The Minneapolis park board is considering tree tube technology has already been tried in St. Paul to help nurse trees from seedlings due to ravages to the urban canopy. Scientist Chad Giblin and St. Paul forestry's Zach Jorgensen show the roughly 3.5 acres that have been planted with seedlings of Burr oak, ironwood, and padoga dogwood protected by tree tubes.]

  • This bur oak planted in June in St. Paul’s Newell Park demonstrates the technology that Minneapolis will try this fall.

  • Joe Lais, CEO of Plantra, says a seedling protected with a tube is much more likely to grow into one like the huge old bur oaks behind him.

  • This bur oak seedling is expected to grow a healthy root system and remain protected from the elements, thanks to its tube.

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