Pleased and dis-pleased
I just got my first order of grass liners, two trays of 36 grasses. One was perfect, nice fat plugs with full root systems, and foliage well protected by the net bag the tray was shipped in.
The top tray in the carton, however, was not so good. Several of the plugs had come out of their cells, along with all the media, and were crammed up against the end of the carton. While putting them back in the cells, I noticed that several of them were tight little rootballs, the next cell size down (50's?), which had been very recently placed into the 36 trays. There was no root growth to hold the media/plug in the cell. Others looked almost like freshly potted up divisions, also with no developed rootball to hold things together. These were what I would call 1-'eye' plants, a single or double stem with only a main root, and few or no laterals.
I might get 72 healthy plants out of the order, eventually, but If I were a nursery, planning to 'finish' them in a certain amount of time, I'd have to change my plans.
Hey, wait! I am a nursery now! At least some of this tray with issues, Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue,' will require a good bit of finishing before they can be sold/installed (read next year).
The other tray, Miscanthus purpurescens 'Autumn Red' are gorgeous. They could go into trade gallon pots, and be sold by June.