New Cell Grown Plant Range

Cell Grown - Roots (2)Information about Cell Grown Plants

We’re excited about our new range of Cell Grown Plants that can be planted all year round and wanted to share some information with you in case you’re not familiar with them.

Although Cell Grown Plants have been used all over the world for many years, particularly in North America, Canada and Scandinavia, they have only been available in signficant numbers in the UK since the early 1990’s.

What are Cell Grown Plants?

Cell Grown Plants are grown in small cells that contain compost into which seeds are sown.  The compost protects the root system, which minimises damage when planting, facilitates quick growth after planting and increases survival rates long term.

Cotoneaster franchetiiAre they easy to plant?

The uniform, compact size of Cell Grown Plants makes planting very straightforward and the protection afforded by the compost means that there is less chance of damaging any straggling roots on planting.  Their all year round availability means that you can plant trees and hedges at a time to suit you and not just during the bare root season.

Why do they establish so well?

Thanks to the compost, the root systems on Cell Grown Plants remain intact on handling and the fine fibrous feeding roots are sent out with the plant to facilitate rapid establishment once the tree, shrub or hedge is planted out.

GiB logo_outlinedWhat is the provenance of the Cell Grown Plants?

All of our Cell Grown Plants are from British seed sources of known provenance.

What sizes do they come in?

All of our Cell Grown Plants are a minimum of 20-40cm in height and are protected after lifting to ensure safe transit and optimum delivery conditions.

What plants are available?

There is a wide range of trees, hedges and shrubs including copper beech, common alder, black/hawthorn, bird cherry, cotoneaster, crab apple, field maple and cherry plum.  Availability does vary from season to season so please visit the Cell Grown section of our website for more information.


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