Planting Rhodiola – how is it done?
How do you . . .
Plant Rhodiola rosea?
The seedlings are ready. They’ve grown in their cells for a year or more. Their roots are well established, crowns are developing, and they are filling up all the room they have in the nursery.
Is it time to plant them out into the field? While the seedlings grow, the farmer must prepare the land to receive the seedlings. In Alberta (Canada), the weed pressure is high to extreme, and Rhodiola rosea will not compete well with weeds. Yield loss due to weeds can be as high as 95%. That means lots of tilling and/or herbicides. The crop bed must be weed-free to give the Rhodiola seedlings a head start.
Now are we ready to plant? Maybe. Check the weather. Is there a rain in the forecast? Yes! Let’s go!
Time to lay the plastic and make raised beds. Then pop the seedlings out of their trays in the nursery and hook up the transplanter. Now fill up the water tanks and start planting. The transplanter pokes a hole in the plastic and fills the hole with water. Stop and go as all holes receive a healthy plant. The end result – rows of Rhodiola and many promises to keep the field well tended and the weeds at bay.
There are many ways to plant from highly specialized GPS-driven automatic planters to shovels and forks. Either time and lots of money, or vice versa. Each farmers’ story is different and each farmer makes many decisions for his Rhodiola. And that’s just the start. Next step – weed and weed some more – for five years.