First of all "Summer-Digging" is a relatively new "Green Industry" term
describing...the harvest (field digging) of ornamental specimen plants
at times of the year when environmental conditions (heat, drought,
soils, etc.) and/ or cultivar growth characteristics would ordinarily make
the odds of successful plant harvest & transplantation very low.
Just why would one want to summer-dig? Numerous reasons. Delayed
Spring project materials, or most common might be the elimination of
flawed, inaccurate estimates regarding variety, sizes and quantities of
field grown ornamental plants that might be required to fill wholesale/
retail & other Spring inventory sales projections. Couple this with real
labor and material savings (overhead) a nursery appreciates by not
having to maintain (water, fertilize, mulching, etc.) existing plant inventories
and Summer-Digging begins to make for "good dollars & cents".
Success is directly related to thorough plant preparation - not just
important - it's everything. Plants must first be root drenched with a
powerful bio-stimulant complex, Bio-Plex Transplant Concentrate &
Plant Enhancer. This then prevents, shortens and/or reverses the duration
of stress symptom recovery - leading to rapid plant stabilization.
Below: Stressed leaf tissue (cellular) representation. Note the
smaller, irregular, less turgid cells. Less cell turgor equals less
physical intracellular capacity for moisture, more involuntary
transpiration from deformed guard cells at leaf stomata, and
reduced cell-wall permeability. Result: More flaccid inferior cell
walls. More space between individual cells diminishes their
capacity for efficient fluid retention and translocation.
Below: Healthy leaf tissue (cellular) representation. Note
the larger more turgid cells. More cell turgor equals more
capacity for moisture, less involuntary transpiration from
ineffective leaf stomata guard cells. Greater cell-wall
integrity promotes superior moisture retention and fluid
translocation. Result: less wilt & flagging, decreased potential
for tissue decline and reduced defoliation potential.
End of July Installation - 90° F. Above:
Summer-Dug fully treated plants. Healthy.
Below: Untreated, dehydrated plants
requiring costly warranty replacement.
Bio-stimulation is the spontaneous plant response, whereby a catalyst
(Bio-Plex-Root-Drench) stimulates numerous biological activities in the
plant resulting in elevated levels of hormonal and other closely related
compounds utilized for maintaining 'elevated' plant health & vigor.
Increasing aggregate hormonal threshold levels (IAA, IBA & Others)
greatly facilitates functional cell wall permeability and turgidity (in "ALL"
plant tissues) providing the foundations directly responsible for successfully
offsetting challenging "stress symptoms" throughout the
extended planting cycle - harvest, installation and stabilization. Absent
comprehensive cellular integrity, physiological and vascular functions
become largely degraded, inefficient and non functional. The onset of
vascular failure manifests itself quite visibly in the form of wilt and flagging
symptoms initially, frequently leading to tissue decline, and ultimately
- possible plant mortality. Bio-Plex's "Summer-Digging" application
protocol targets individual, single plant cells which when considered
collectively provide the building blocks for plant tissues, plant
structures and ultimately fully functional complete ornamental plants.
Without an effective bio-stimulant treatment prior to "Summer-Digging",
plant stress quickly shuts down normal physiological processes directly
responsible for synthesizing 'critical' life sustaining hormonal and
other related compounds. Chances of success are greatly improved by
entering a stressful period (post 'Summer-Digging') with deficit
reserves available to supplement and sustain cellular integrity (health)
throughout the entire harvest to stabilization planting cycle. Once stabilized,
plants will then be able to resume normal bio-synthesis and
other vital vascular functions necessary for permanent longterm plant
With all the variables involved in "summer-time plant harvest and transplantation
- success is never fully guaranteed". "Summer-Digging" currently
enjoys a success rate of approximately 70-98%. "Summer-
Digging" although not yet evolved as a widely understood mainstream
practice; does provide a 'functional' tool one might effectively employ to
enhance the more successful harvest and transplantation of ornamentals
at inopportune times of the year when 'potential planting opportunity'
might otherwise give way to "cautious planting pessimism".