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RPM High Performance Trees

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High Performance Trees for Conservation, Restoration, Mitigation, Wetlands, Urban and Habitat using the patented, non-GMO "Root Production Method®" achieving 90+% survival; up to 3x growth of bare root seedlings and early flowering, seed, nut and fruit production

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RPM High Performance Trees

  1. 1. Hardwoods with High Performance for Conservation, Restoration, Urban and Habitat
  2. 2. Root Production Method ® ( R P M ) Dryden NY ( Ithaca ) Ravenel SC ( Charleston ) Vancleave MS ( Biloxi ) Affiliates in Elsberry MO ( St. Louis ) and Loomis CA ( Sacramento ) nurseries upsizing RPM trees in TN
  3. 3. Root Production Method® RPM Bare root 210 days 2 years
  4. 4. Root Production Method® AN OVERNIGHT SENSATION ? PATENTED IN DECEMBER 2007 DEVELOPED OVER 20 YEARS IN MISSOURI TO RE-ESTABLISH OAK FORESTS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOOD PLAINS
  5. 5. Survival & Growth depends upon root structure. WHERE IS THE TAP ROOT ? Non-RPM trees may lack deep root structures
  6. 6. 4 year old RPM red oak root system 6 “ stump caliper Lateral roots provide stability, the tap root does NOT !
  7. 7. The RPM Advantage <ul><li>High survival </li></ul><ul><li>Fast growth </li></ul><ul><li>Early seed production </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Achieves Walk-Away Planting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Shorter establishment period </li></ul>
  8. 8. Root Production Method® <ul><li>How Does It Work? </li></ul><ul><li>A series of horticultural practices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>seed selection & stratification by species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wet and dry cycles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>time and temp cycles </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The RPM Process Stratification of Seeds
  10. 10. Root Production Method® <ul><li>How Does It Work? </li></ul><ul><li>A series of horticultural practices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>seed selection & stratification by species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wet and dry cycles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>time and temp cycles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>greenhouse growing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>air-root pruning: timed by species </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The RPM Process Germination Transplanted, as plant adds biomass Day 1 Day 45
  12. 12. Root Production Method® <ul><li>How Does It Work? </li></ul><ul><li>A series of horticultural practices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>seed selection & stratification by species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wet and dry cycles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>time and temp cycles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>greenhouse growing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>air-root pruning: timed by species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>balanced nutrition & mycorrhizae (fungus) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>timed and formulated by species </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Symbiotic Relationship with ecto -Mycorrhizae
  14. 14. Symbiotic Relationship with endo -Mycorrhizae
  15. 15. Root Production Method® <ul><li>How Does It Work? </li></ul><ul><li>A series of horticultural practices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>seed selection & stratification by species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>greenhouse growing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>air-root pruning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>balanced nutrition & mycorrhizae </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20+ years of trial & error & science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NO GENETIC MODIFICATION </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. RPM after 75 days Ready for the Outdoors !
  17. 17. RPM after 210 day growing process with 2 gallon root mass
  18. 18. RPM BASIC RESULT <ul><li>Mechanical Stability </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lateral & Vertical </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Stored Nutrients </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Around Roots </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Within Roots </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total Root Mass </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Oct - 08 Field Research Bare Root Grown ( 9cm dia )          RPM process ( 20cm dia ) 11 year old Black Oak, siblings from same seed tree grown in the same field and maintenance care ( sections from DBH of each tree )
  20. 20. 8 year RPM Pecan 8 year bare-root Pecan Confirming growth properties Seed from same tree Field Trials at the Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri
  21. 21. Wetland and Floodplain Restoration
  22. 22. Wetland and Floodplain Restoration (3 years after restoration)
  23. 23. RPM grown grasses for stream and shoreline stabilization
  24. 24. Biological Corridor ( 1 year after planting )
  25. 25. Biological Corridors Planting (3 year old RPM trees)
  26. 26. Survival & Growth Missouri River Oak Bottomland Restoration 95% survival after 2 years of flooding After 6 years: 4” dbh 18 - 25 ft tall
  27. 27. Floodplain planting 8 th season 95% survival 50 / acre 5 – 6 in dbh 20 – 25 ft tall
  28. 28. White pines 5 th growing season Survival & Growth
  29. 29. 7 Year old white pine 7 Year old black cherry
  30. 30. Long-Leaf Pine: Germinated March 07
  31. 31. 6 year old trees produced acorns in years 3, 4, 5 & 6 Oaks typically produce acorns after 20 – 30 years ! Early mast production Re-generation <ul><li>Seedling </li></ul>
  32. 32. 2 year old Bur Oak Typically, bur oaks produce acorns in 20+ years. Early mast production
  33. 33. Black Walnuts: 2 years old at planting 3 years later: 4” cal., ~15’ tall, full canopy of mast
  34. 34. Walnuts after 3 rd growing season Earlier Nut Production
  35. 35. 5 year old corridor Accelerated growth
  36. 36. 7 year old floodplain planting Accelerated growth
  37. 37. WIND BREAK SW Missouri August 04: NRCS EQIP Program
  38. 38. WIND BREAK SW Missouri August 07 – 83 trees, 3 died, no water
  39. 39. 6 year old RPM hardwood floodplain Typical growth 0.8 in. dbh / year 3 to 4 ft of height / year <ul><li>Photo by Derrick </li></ul>
  40. 40. 6 years, dia 4+ inches 4 ft by 4 ft biodegradable weed barrier <ul><li>Pix by Derrick </li></ul>
  41. 41. Nuttal Oak 7 years 7-in. dbh 35 ft tall
  42. 42. 8 year old oak in floodplain 9+ in dia
  43. 43. Walk-Away Tree Planting System <ul><li>Seed Source for Container Trees </li></ul><ul><li>Planting Site Preparation (Site Specific) </li></ul><ul><li>Companion Crop </li></ul><ul><li>Weed Barrier Mat </li></ul><ul><li>Fertilizer </li></ul><ul><li>Tree Planting time - Fall preferred </li></ul><ul><li>Planting Pits </li></ul><ul><li>Tree Guards </li></ul><ul><li>Stock Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Spacing of Trees </li></ul>
  44. 44. Satisfied RPM Customers <ul><li>U.S. Army Corps of Engineers </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service </li></ul><ul><li>USDA - NRCS </li></ul><ul><li>Departments of Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation and Parks Departments </li></ul><ul><li>Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Nat’l Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation Districts </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Engineering Firms </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigation Banks </li></ul><ul><li>Land Trusts and Conservancies </li></ul><ul><li>Municipalities </li></ul>
  45. 45. Questions ? Comments ! Root Production Method®

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