Christmas Tree Farms

The Christmas Tree industry is an important sector of the horticulture/agriculture market.  In the US, the annual revenue of Christmas Tree sales is approaching half a billion dollars, and as a crop, it is very unique with specific cultivation needs and practices.  The Mycorrhizal Applications biorational portfolio of products contains valuable tools to improve soil health and tree resiliency, as well as specialized tools to control central leader height and maximize tree quality.

ConShape™ PGR for Terminal Leader Control:

ConShape™ is a new PGR product to control leader growth of Christmas trees as a substitution for mechanical pruning. With ConShape™, central leaders cease growth a few days after application and retain the full number of buds on the leader which will result in a denser and more attractive branching in the following year. ConShape™ contains a naturally occurring plant growth regulator S-abscisic acid (S-ABA) as the active ingredient.

The primary application use for ConShape™ is for the purpose of controlling the growth of the terminal leader in Christmas tree production, eliminating the need for manual pruning.

Available through our distribution network: Distributor Map

(Precision application to the leader is achieved through the use of an Easy Roller.  To purchase an Easy Roller for ConShape™ application, please contact Drakes Crossing Nursery by calling (503) 873-4932 Ext. 2 or emailing info@drakescrossingnursery.com)

Currently registered in the following states: Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania.

(We are actively seeking Christmas Tree growers in the above-listed states to participate in an ongoing ConShape trial through 2021 and 2022.  Growers who volunteer to participate will receive a $100 incentive towards their Christmas Tree Association membership.  Please contact us at inquiries@mycorrhizae.com for more information or to sign up for this program.)

ConShape Technical Sheet

Mycorrhizal Fungi for Christmas Tree Cultivation:

Our company was founded in the Forestry Industry in the mid-1990s. We were known as Forest Mycorrhizal Applications (a little history lesson here) supplying slurries of ectomycorrhizae throughout the US and Canada. We found through research and field applications that if a forestry nursery manager inoculated their seedlings with mycorrhizal fungi, they saw fewer culls and greater survival upon transplanting.  Christmas Tree farmers can directly benefit from decades of USFS research, and Mycorrhizal Applications product development, to inoculate trees with the ectomycorrhizal fungi that will help them thrive from sapling to ready-for-market tree.

Mycorrhizae form a symbiotic relationship with the seedling and form numerous, long filaments that mine the soil for nutrients and water.  In turn, nutrient availability is improved and drought stress is reduced. Inoculated seedlings have a stronger root system due to the extensive filaments which reduces tree loss and creates a more uniform tree stand.

Natural occurring mycorrhizae can be eliminated in the field by erosion and mechanical or natural disturbance. Nursery practices that include fumigation, use of soil-less growing media, and high levels of water and soluble nutrients produce plants that are devoid of these essential symbiotic mycorrhizal partners. When high levels of fertilizer and water are provided, these plants may grow well in artificial media and a well-managed nursery setting, however, those same seedlings will not easily adapt to field conditions without the mycorrhizal fungi that help sustain them in the natural environment, under stress, etc. At a fraction of a cent per seedling, mycorrhizal inoculation is easy and affordable insurance.

MycoApply Injector Ecto contains a blend of 5 genera of ectomycorrhizal fungi, in a highly concentrated formulation ideal for application via injector systems or via irrigation.  With ultimate diversity in ectomycorrhizal species and efficiency and flexibility in application options, MycoApply Injector Ecto is the ideal mycorrhizal inoculant product for use in Christmas Tree Farms.

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MycoApply® Injector Ecto

Ectomycorrhizal inoculant product for Christmas tree production.

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ConShape™ 

Powerful PGR for the control of Christmas tree leader growth.

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